Pursuing an Academic Career Virtual Event Series
Energizing your class with ConcepTests: A simple technique to engage students and improve learning: April 10, 2013
Leaders: David Steer, University of Akron; Jeff Knott, California State University, Fullerton; and Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island
This event has already taken place
In this webinar, we will discuss best practices related to developing and using ConcepTests with peer-instruction in geoscience classes. ConcepTests are multiple choice questions used in class to engage students while providing immediate formative feedback to both the student and the instructor. We will first discuss why one might want to use this method and how to best begin. We will then cover characteristics of good ConcepTest questions as we examine ConcepTests from the Cutting Edge collection. Lastly, we discuss various technologies used to support data collection in the classroom. We hope you will join us!
Goals for participants are to:
- Be able to communicate why the peer-instruction method employing ConcepTests enhances student engagement and learning
- Know the characteristics of well written ConcepTests
- Be aware of technologies used to support this method in the classroom.
Duration - 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion. Participants will receive an email with instructions detailing how to log into the event approximately one week prior to the event.
Registration - This event has already taken place. The cost of the webinar is $30 (or $20 for NAGT members; learn more about becoming a member of NAGT). Once you register for the webinar, you can pay the registration fee. Both the webinar registration and registration fee are due by April 3, 2013.
Cost - The cost of the webinar is $30 (or $20 for NAGT members; learn more about becoming a member of NAGT).
Please email Heather Macdonald (rhmacd AT wm.edu) if you have any questions about this event or Molly Kent (mkent AT carleton.edu) if you have technical questions.
References and ResourcesEnergizing your class with ConcepTests: A simple technique to engage students and improve learning.
Recommended on-line resources
- ConcepTests - learn more about this teaching method and how to use it in class; this module also provides examples of ConcepTests that can be used in your classroom.
- View the entire collection of ConcepTest examples, from a variety of disciplines.
- Classroom Response Systems - learn more about using classroom response systems (e.g. clickers) in your course; this module also provides examples of teaching activities that utilize classroom response systems.