As you look out to the sea of faces, speculation suggests confusion sweeping through your students. What spawned these misconceptions? When did they start to lose their way? Little do your students know, all of them have been led into a trap.  Pulling up a TurningPoint slide, your students click responses to a question summing up the main points.

A graph displays their results, a synopsis of their mystification. After some discussion, you provide a missing detail, serving as a keystone to their understanding. Re-polling a similar question, a graph shows an increase in student perception. The benefit of using TurningPoint for this approach? Your students are forcefully engaged in the lecture, have been shown they are not alone in their confusion, and had no worry for embarrassment in answering wrong. Also, if assigning clickers, you now know which groups of students had what misconception.


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Case Study – Use of Audience Response in a Health Information Management course

Student Response Systems: A University of Wisconsin System Study of Clickers