Dealing with a large class? Technology can help:
Technology and the Large Class 1. Tablet computer develops material as you go and
Bill Vining records entire lecture. Students who miss class
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry can watch the lecture online and then come in
Celebration of Teaching, November 2009
2. Clicker use during class aids communication between
TABLET COMPUTERS use a pen to you and your students, and between students.
write on the screen during a 3. Online homework can serve as to keep students up
lecture presentation. Record the entire to date with material and you up to date with
Lecture: video of screen + voice . their progress.
ONLINE HOMEWORK (OWL) serves to:
Give automatically graded
Provide 1st-level tutorial help
Act as a mastery system
Provide students an indication
of their progress and
PowerPoint saves the handwritten
randomized study examples
notes made on slides. You can post
both original and annotated versions. Provide you data on:
Student response is highly favorable.
- student progress
Question: How does this method of - time spent working on HW
lecture delivery compare with normal - warning reports of all
students below a
- quick communication with
groups of students
based on progress
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
CLICKERS use student-held response
devices where they “vote” on
Producing and posting a recorded questions you ask.
lecture takes about 30 minutes of
computer time, but only ~2 minutes Uses:
of work. Attendance
Quick check on understanding Students were asked (via clickers)
Keeping class attention which aspects of the course best
In-Class quizzing helped them learn the material.
Getting student opinions Homework was found most useful;
Drive class discussions the physical textbook least useful.
Examples at: http://employees.oneonta.edu/viningwj/chem111