Proposal Title

Student Opinions and Preferences Regarding "Clickers" in the Classroom: A Mixed-Methods Inquiry

Proposal Abstract

The use of “clickers” is becoming increasingly common in higher education. Literature on this teaching tool often describes the experiences and opinions of faculty members, but relatively few publications address student opinions and preferences. Through participation in focus groups, students in our graduate physical therapy program described what they did and didn't like about clickers and suggested ways to make these activities more effective. A larger group of students then completed surveys that were constructed based on focus group outcomes. These results add to the body of knowledge on student preferences and recommendations for this technology, and will help faculty members design their own clicker activities. Participants will have the opportunity to use clickers during this presentation. The presenters will also describe this unique mixed-methods project design that maximized the use of online technology and that might be useful for other faculty members' self-assessment or SoTL projects.

Location

Room 1908

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 10th, 2:00 PM Mar 10th, 2:45 PM

Student Opinions and Preferences Regarding "Clickers" in the Classroom: A Mixed-Methods Inquiry

Room 1908

The use of “clickers” is becoming increasingly common in higher education. Literature on this teaching tool often describes the experiences and opinions of faculty members, but relatively few publications address student opinions and preferences. Through participation in focus groups, students in our graduate physical therapy program described what they did and didn't like about clickers and suggested ways to make these activities more effective. A larger group of students then completed surveys that were constructed based on focus group outcomes. These results add to the body of knowledge on student preferences and recommendations for this technology, and will help faculty members design their own clicker activities. Participants will have the opportunity to use clickers during this presentation. The presenters will also describe this unique mixed-methods project design that maximized the use of online technology and that might be useful for other faculty members' self-assessment or SoTL projects.