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Where can I find good questions to use with clickers or Peer Instruction?

by Sam McKagan, PhysPort director
Many research-based teaching methods in physics, including Peer Instruction, CAE Think-Pair-Share, Technology Enhanced Formative Assessment, and teaching with clickers, involve having your students discuss and answer multiple-choice conceptual questions. A challenge of using these methods is finding and writing good questions. This recommendation helps you find and write questions for your class.

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Peer Instruction, CAE Think-Pair-Share, clickers, Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment

Where can I find good activities for small group discussions?

by Sam McKagan, PhysPort director

Addressing common concerns about concept inventories

by Adrian Madsen, Sam McKagan and Eleanor Sayre

How can I get students to have productive discussions of clicker questions?

by Jenny Knight and Sarah Wise, University of Colorado - Boulder

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What if I get low student evaluations, or hear complaints about active learning?


by Stephanie Chasteen, University of Colorado Boulder
While active resistance among students is relatively rare, sometimes students do complain about active learning techniques. This ninth chapter of our student engagement series focuses on addressing some common student complaints in active learning classrooms. CHAPTER 9: STUDENT COMPLAINTS

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engagement, complaint, active learning, productive engagement

What can I do if students don’t speak up in discussions with peers, or with the whole class?


by Stephanie Chasteen, University of Colorado Boulder
Many active learning techniques require students to discuss their ideas either in small groups or in a large class discussion, but, as you know, students don't always erupt into productive conversation. This eighth chapter of our student engagement series focuses on helping students engage in class discussions. CHAPTER 8: STUDENT DISCUSSIONS.

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engagement, active learning, discussion, productive engagement

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