Who Wants to Pass Math? Using Clickers in Calculus
Journal of College Teaching & Learning Volume 7, Number 3, ISSN 1544-0389
A typical Calculus class tends not to be very interactive. Students view the class as passive. The students expect the instructor to provide the information with very little activity or effort on their part. Asking students questions and trying to get them to respond is often a challenge. Many students know the answer, but are scared to respond. It is usually the same students over and over who answer the questions. This leaves the instructor wondering whether or not the rest of the class is actually comprehending the material. The use of a personal response system (clickers) in the class allows students to respond to questions anonymously. The entire class becomes much more interactive and the instructor knows how well the entire class is grasping the concepts. Clickers can help students stay awake and alert, improve their speed in answering questions, and know whether or not they understand a concept. Finally, clickers can be used to take attendance and reduce tedious record keeping. The use of a clicker system has made a major impact on how these classes respond and a positive effect on learning has been achieved.
Strasser, N. (2010). Who Wants to Pass Math? Using Clickers in Calculus. Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 7(3), 49-52.
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