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Mathieu Plourde

Combining Peer Discussion with Instructor Explanation Increases Student Learning from I... - 0 views

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    "Use of in-class concept questions with clickers can transform an instructor-centered "transmissionist" environment to a more learner-centered constructivist classroom. To compare the effectiveness of three different approaches using clickers, pairs of similar questions were used to monitor student understanding in majors' and nonmajors' genetics courses. After answering the first question individually, students participated in peer discussion only, listened to an instructor explanation only, or engaged in peer discussion followed by instructor explanation, before answering a second question individually. Our results show that the combination of peer discussion followed by instructor explanation improved average student performance substantially when compared with either alone. When gains in learning were analyzed for three ability groups of students (weak, medium, and strong, based on overall clicker performance), all groups benefited most from the combination approach, suggesting that peer discussion and instructor explanation are synergistic in helping students. However, this analysis also revealed that, for the nonmajors, the gains of weak performers using the combination approach were only slightly better than their gains using instructor explanation alone. In contrast, the strong performers in both courses were not helped by the instructor-only approach, emphasizing the importance of peer discussion, even among top-performing students."
Mathieu Plourde

Standardized classroom clicker model in the works - 0 views

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    ""People have been using clickers on this campus for many, many years," Mason said. "And it's always been a concern that there have been a number of different types out there, so students have to buy multiple clickers.""
Mathieu Plourde

Try Ripple for Yourself | Audience Response Tool - 0 views

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    "Super Simple The easiest way to test it out is to follow the steps below: Download and install Virtualbox. Download Ripple virtual server Unzip Ripple virtual server Open Ripple.ovf in unzipped folder. (This will open the Virtualbox program and import your Ripple virtual server to use.) Select 'OK' to import. Press Start."
Mathieu Plourde

Metacognition and Student Learning - 0 views

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    "What makes so many of those atrocious singers laughable to us-excepting the ones who put on deliberately bad performances in order to get on camera-turns out to be a problem that plagues many undergraduates, especially the weakest among them: an inability to judge accurately their own level of skill or knowledge in a specific area. Poor metacognition means that some terrible yet hopeful singers on American Idol are unable to assess their own weak vocal talents. And it means that some students have a mistaken sense of confidence in the depth of their learning."
Mathieu Plourde

Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2012 - 0 views

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    "Here's what happened," he continues. "First, when one student has the right answer and the other doesn't, the first one is more likely to convince the second-it's hard to talk someone into the wrong answer when they have the right one. More important, a fellow student is more likely to reach them than Professor Mazur-and this is the crux of the method. You're a student and you've only recently learned this, so you still know where you got hung up, because it's not that long ago that you were hung up on that very same thing. Whereas Professor Mazur got hung up on this point when he was 17, and he no longer remembers how difficult it was back then. He has lost the ability to understand what a beginning learner faces."
Mathieu Plourde

"Bring Your Own Device" Movement Turns Classroom Disruption into Pedagogy | Techonomy - 0 views

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    In college classrooms where innovations like smart phones and Facebook are getting in the way of learning, some tech-savvy professors are taking an "if you can't beat 'em join 'em" approach. They're asking students to bring their web-enabled mobile devices to class and keep them turned on.
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