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Clickers 2.0: Managing Classroom Interactions
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 8:20 AM -8:30 AM
  Author: Brian Lukoff, Harvard University
617-495-9616, blukoff@seas.harvard.edu
  Co-Author(s): Eric Mazur
  Abstract: Clickers are widely used for formative assessment in physics classrooms, but current clicker systems have numerous limitations. In particular, most clicker systems have limited question formats beyond multiple-choice, and provide only limited ways for instructors to use data to improve instruction. We will introduce a new web-based system we have developed that allows students to use laptops and smartphones to answer many different kinds of questions (e.g., indicating the direction of a vector, or entering an algebraic expression) and allows instructors to use the data in real time to automatically group students for peer instruction based on their responses and their reported geographical locations in the classroom. Based on an initial deployment of this system in an introductory electricity and magnetism course, we will show some examples of what can be learned about student understanding from non-multiple-choice items and what can be learned about peer instruction from automatic grouping.
  Footnotes: None
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