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September, 2010:

16 Suggestions for Teaching with Classroom Response Systems

1. Consider the following questions when drafting clicker questions:

* What student learning goals do I have for the question?

* What do I hope to learn about my students by asking this question?

* What will my students learn about each other when they see the results of this question?

* How might this question be used to engage students with course content in small-group or classwide

discussions or by creating a time for telling?

* What distribution of responses do I expect from my students?

* What might I do if the actual distribution turns out very differently?

2. Look for answer choices for potential clicker questions in student responses to open-ended questions, ones asked on assignments in previous courses, on homework questions, or during class. This can lead to answer choices that better match common student misconceptions and perspectives.