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Audience Interaction Requested

My response card

Our microbiology course director decided that he wants lectures to be more interactive. So each medical student has been given a personal response device (a picture of mine above). The little card is an RF device. During lectures the professor will occasionally have slides with multiple choice questions based on the information covered thus far. We then have a short period of time to enter in our answers. After polling closes, a graph is produced and it shows the breakdown of how many in the class chose which answer.

The thing I don’t like about the device is that it’s linked to a student. So it isn’t exactly anonymous. But so far its been fun to use and see the results. The novelty of it might be the cause of the “fun,” though.

I remember watching America’s Funniest Home Videos when I was a little kid (the one hosted by Bob Sagat). I thought it was so cool how the audience all had their little controllers with which to punch in their votes.

Going to microbiology lectures is like going to a game show now. Except there are no cash prizes. Oh, and nobody really wins. And its not really as fun (as a game show). But we do have audience participation…

  • If each controller is linked to a student it means the lecturer can gauge a students understanding of the material (or if they even awake) 🙂

  • If each controller is linked to a student it means the lecturer can gauge a students understanding of the material (or if they even awake) 🙂

  • LOL, yup. Although attendance isn’t required so it might just be to a digital sign-in sheet…

  • LOL, yup. Although attendance isn’t required so it might just be to a digital sign-in sheet…

  • We had these audience response lectures too. I always thought they were fun since they broke up the monotony of daily powerpoint lectures. But ours were just randomly handed out at the beginning of class so we didn’t have this added element of being tracked like yours.

  • We had these audience response lectures too. I always thought they were fun since they broke up the monotony of daily powerpoint lectures. But ours were just randomly handed out at the beginning of class so we didn’t have this added element of being tracked like yours.

  • Suzanne

    As a professor, I find the “clickers” to be good for both the student and the instructor…it encourages engagement on the part of the student and lets me know where the “class” is. I teach undergraduate students at a university, so my pet peeve is students that click in “whatever” answers (the students do that even though I have them linked to a certain clicker). I have not yet attached points to the answers, but sometimes I think it would be a good idea.

  • Suzanne

    As a professor, I find the “clickers” to be good for both the student and the instructor…it encourages engagement on the part of the student and lets me know where the “class” is. I teach undergraduate students at a university, so my pet peeve is students that click in “whatever” answers (the students do that even though I have them linked to a certain clicker). I have not yet attached points to the answers, but sometimes I think it would be a good idea.

  • FD

    COOL! I wished we had that…

  • FD

    COOL! I wished we had that…

  • 101DoFollowBlogs

    I’ve heard some good things about this blog. Remember to balance the pics with the text tho. cheers!

  • 101DoFollowBlogs

    I’ve heard some good things about this blog. Remember to balance the pics with the text tho. cheers!

  • deborah ng

    hello there! i’m a medstudent from singapore. we use the exact same device here! 🙂

  • deborah ng

    hello there! i’m a medstudent from singapore. we use the exact same device here! 🙂

  • I think thats pretty school..everything seems to be upgrading. 🙂

  • I think thats pretty school..everything seems to be upgrading. 🙂

  • I’m actually quite against the use of clickers. They sometimes can be done well, but for the majority, it’s a huge time sink.

    Waiting for answers to send, setting up the system, breaking up the flow of the lecture.

  • I’m actually quite against the use of clickers. They sometimes can be done well, but for the majority, it’s a huge time sink.

    Waiting for answers to send, setting up the system, breaking up the flow of the lecture.