The Clickerverse: Student Engagement in Large Lectures

Authors: Frances Mujica*, The University of South Alabama, Sue Mattson, University of South Alabama
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: student response systems, Iclickers, geoeducation
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This study examines the use of a student response system (SRS) in a large-enrollment (100+) class. Engaging students in a large-enrollment introductory geography courses can be challenging. During a lecture, identifying concepts that individual students do not fully grasp can be difficult. Several methods have been used in the literature to “check” a student’s knowledge or understanding; for example, the 60-second paper, where students are asked to describe the most important thing learned that class. However, such activities do not allow instant feedback. As part of a larger course redesign in Introduction to Human Geography, a student response system (specifically the I>Clicker) was adopted to encourage more active learning during lectures. This allowed students to actively engage with the information. Past poor performance on exams was used to identify "muddy" topics. While the project is ongoing, preliminary results do show a higher engagement by students. Test results show modest improvement in concept comprehension.

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