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Use of the Classroom Performance System

Delores M. Robinson
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The University of Alabama
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This page first made public: May 23, 2008

Summary

The use of hand held remote systems in class helps to solidify the information presented in lecture and allows the lecturer to assess student understanding. Students feel as though they are participating more with the remote systems than without them.

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Context

Audience

Introductory physical geology course (open major)

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students must have registered their remote and been assigned a number for the class.

How the activity is situated in the course

Questions are asked throughout the lecture class period

Goals

Content/concepts goals for this activity

I use the remote system to solidify the information presented in lecture, it allows me to assess student understanding, and students feel as though they are participating more when they use the remote.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Questions can be asked that begin with very basic recall and can progress toward the use of the newly acquired information.

Other skills goals for this activity

Working in groups

Description of the activity/assignment

Students need no preparation to use the classroom remote system. Students are allowed to work in groups to determine the answers or they may work individually.

Determining whether students have met the goals

An information survey is filled out by each student at the end of the semester with a number produced that states the percentage of students who met the goals.

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