SEI Clicker and Education Videos

Videos produced by the University of Colorado Science Education Initiative (CU-SEI) and the University of British Columbia Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI).

An instructor's guide to the effective use of personal
response systems ("clickers") in teaching


 

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TEACHING TECHNIQUES AND ASSESSMENT
play video Two-stage Exams

In two-stage exams students complete a test as individuals and then immediately complete it, or a similar test collaboratively in groups. Typically the majority of the students' marks (e.g. 85%) come from the individual component. The excitement of the exam seems to create very focused and useful discussions among the groups. It's difficult or impossible to find students who aren't participating (see if you can find any in the video).

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approx. 3 min
Two-stage Exams - Longer video with implementation tips approx. 7.5 min
play video Group Work in the College Classroom

How can you use group work effectively in a college setting?  Instructors and students share their experiences, and Carl Wieman explains what the research suggests for best practices in implementing group activities.

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Clickers in the Science Classroom
play video Clickers: Students and Teachers Speak

Instructors and students describe the benefits of clicker use in class when used to actively engage the students and get them thinking about the material.

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approx. 4.5 min
play video How to Use Clickers Effectively

Want to know more about just how to use clickers to best help your students learn?  This video shares the best practices in clicker use, including tips on writing questions and getting students to talk about them, the finer points of running a class discussion about a question, and how long to allow for this process.

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play video Anatomy of a Clicker Question

Just what is a clicker? This video will give you a brief snapshot of what a clicker question looks like in the classroom, from start to finish.

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play video The Research: Do Clickers Help Students Learn?

Why, and how, do researchers suggest that clickers be used? In this video, Chandra Turpen shares the current research on how this tool promotes student engagement and understanding.

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play video Explain to Your Students Why You're Using Clickers

If students don't know why you're using clickers, they may not buy into it. This video shows how we help get our students on board with this learning tool.

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Clickers in Upper Division Courses
play video Upper Division Clickers in Action

What might clickers look like in a junior course? Take a look inside one of our classrooms, and hear students and instructors discuss how and why they think clickers can be useful at this level.

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play video What Kinds of Questions Do We Ask in Upper Division?

Professor Steven Pollock walks through the questions that he asked in one day of Quantum Mechanics. He shares his strategies in choosing the questions and what he noticed about how students reacted to them.

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play video Writing Upper Division Clicker Questions

Struggling to figure out how to write a good question at this level? This short video gives a few quick tips from physics instructors.

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