What is peer instruction and how does it work?
In the following video, Harvard Physics Professor Eric Mazur shares the story of the moment he realized his outstanding teaching reviews were not actually resulting in the student learning outcomes he believed he was achieving – a harsh wake-up call that led him to discover the teaching strategy he named “peer instruction”. Peer instruction refers to the practice of students learning through discussion with peers, and it is one of the most research-validated forms of active learning.
Using electronic polling for peer instruction - best practices
Using electronic polling for peer instruction – best practices:
|This video showcases some of the best practices and researched education theory for implementing clickers in the classroom.|
|Flow Chart for Clicker Use (from Vickrey et al. 2015)|
Want even more information? The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative has a great collection of clicker resources.
How to set-up iClicker at UCLA
For assistance contact our iClicker representatives:
Kristin Strong: email@example.com
Electronic polling applications for smart phones and other devices
Interested in alternative polling tools to i>clicker?
There are several free or low-cost polling tools for your smart phone or other electronic device. Note that some UCLA faculty have reported experiencing wi-fi issues when trying to use these online polling applications (i>clicker uses radio frequency rather than a wi-fi signal and thus bypasses this issue). That being said, if you opt to try an alternative polling system, please test the online application prior to use in a specific classroom, especially if implementing the technology in a large class. Note that we also suggest using these online polling tools at workshops and conferences — they provide an excellent way to make your seminar talks interactive!
Here are some polling tool alternatives to i>clicker:
- Online Polling Tool (OPT)
- Poll Everywhere
- Visit https://www.polleverywhere.com/ to access the tool, view a demo, and see pricing options.
- Visit https://getkahoot.com to access the tool and see a video showing the various learning environments where this tool has been used.
- Visit https://www.plickers.com/ to access the tool and learn more about how to use the application in your course.
- Visit https://www.mentimeter.com to see features for facilitation and presentation as well as view pricing options.
Tech-Free voting cards for student polling
We recommend using iClicker software if possible in order to not only view student responses, but also to be able to analyze the results of your polling by individual student or the class as a whole and award participation points.
However, if you would prefer a non-technology option or want to provide non-technology options to your TAs for their discussion sections, you can use these voting cards. Either print them for students or ask students to print (in color!) and bring one to all classes.
These cards can be folded and held up during class as you ask multiple choice questions.