On 1st March 2017, Turning Technologies visited the University of York in support of the ResponseWare platform. The guest speaker was Dr. Christopher Wiley from the University of Surrey – a Musicology and Musical Theatre lecturer. With a focus on Arts and Humanities and smaller, seminar-sized cohorts, Dr. Wiley delivered a session in which he explored a number of the core pedagogies that underpin the use of Electronic Voting Systems in his teaching.
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Going Beyond the MCQ
Whilst Electronic Voting Systems are typically used in STEM subjects for multiple choice questions that have a definitive answer, the session set out to explore methods, such as Peer-Instruction, where polling can be used in wider disciplines. Dr. Wiley drew upon examples in his own practice where he had used polling to facilitate the asking of open-ended questions as a means of fostering a debate or demonstrating trends or misconceptions that may exist within a given cohort.
Furthermore, as a means of enacting ‘Team-Based Learning’, Wiley demonstrated how the Turning Point Software can be used to track how a group or a team of users has responded to a series of questions – thus enabling ‘Gamification’ activities via the ‘Leaderboard’ tool.
Demographic Comparison and the Flipped Classroom
Also outlined were approaches to using Electronic Voting Systems to supplement flipped-classroom methods. Dr. Wiley outlined how in-class polling could be used to establish a student’s familiarity with a given topic pre-and-post session. This could be used, for example to explore whether students had engaged with pre-seminar reading materials.
At the end of a session, an instructor could re-poll a question that was delivered at the start, and use the ‘Demographic Comparison’ tool of the Turning Point Cloud software to assess whether there was a correlation between a student having admitted to consuming pre-seminar materials and their confidence in their own understanding of any subsequently taught concepts.
The session also explored how Electronic Voting Systems can be used in tandem with other learning technologies – such as lecture capture. Also considered was how it can be used a means of tracking student progress and soliciting student feedback throughout the lifespan of a course.
Beatty, I. 2004. Transforming Student Learning with Classroom Communication Systems. Online. [PDF]