6A.5 LectureTools: An Advanced "Clicker" System for the Geosciences

Saturday, 14 November 2009: 9:40 AM
Perry J. Samson, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

LectureTools (http://www.lecturetools.org/) offers an advanced student response system designed as alternative to current ‘clicker' technologies. LectureTools enables students to 1) type notes synchronized with the lecture slides; 2) self-assess understanding; 3) pose questions and view answers; 5) draw on lecture slides; 6) respond to wide range of instructor questions; 7) listen to podcasts; and 8) print lecture slides and notes for off-line review. Students respond to a wide range of question types including multiple choice, reorder list, association, free response and image-based. The latter allows the instructor to direct any image onto the students' screens where they can click to place a dot for an answer. The instructor can display all responses immediately to foster discussion.

Research shows students, while admitting to added distractions because of the laptops, found the system increased their attentiveness, engagement and, they felt, their learning.

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