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Engaging All Class Sizes with Student Response Systems

Increase engagement and participation in any environment with TurningPoint student polling.

CHALLENGE


Luis Beltran is a professor in the mathematics department at Miami Dade College - Kendall Campus in Miami, Florida. With 23 years of experience at Miami Dade, Beltran teaches all levels, types and sizes of math courses. When he began teaching larger classes several years ago, he realized he needed to further his teaching practices with student response technology in order to engage each student in the material and increase class participation.  
 
“It was when I transitioned from a regular-sized class to an auditorium class that I figured I should try something beyond what I normally used to do,” expressed Beltran about when he decided to add student response systems in his courses. 
 

SOLUTION


Beltran first discovered student response systems when a colleague, worried that her success rate was low, began using them. After implementing them in her classes, she recognized that her students had benefited from the student polling technology. Since then, Beltran has seen student response systems grow on the college campus. Beltran desired technology that could easily be incorporated into his classes and wouldn’t disrupt the natural flow of the material. “Whatever technology you adopt has to be easy for you and easy for the students,” Beltran said, referring to his requirements for classroom technology.
 
After using a competitor’s student clickers for three years, Beltran was introduced to Turning Technologies’ ResponseCard RF LCD and QT student response devices. The RF LCD is a credit card sized clicker that students can use to respond to Beltran's interactive polling questions.
 
“It doesn’t feel like you have 110 students, it feels like a regular class size and it’s great,” commented Beltran on using student clickers in his auditorium class. For his remedial course, he uses the robust QT device with a large LCD screen and QWERTY keypad. Since students are able to respond to short answer questions with the QT device, Beltran has found that the full QWERTY keypad has improved the overall environment of the class to create an interactive, collaborative setting.
 
To get the whole class thinking, Beltran has his students use the clickers to respond to multiple choice math questions with the common incorrect answers included among their choices. When a majority of the class gets the answer incorrect, they engage in discussions with each other. These types of questions have increased productivity and collaboration.  “Even the actual atmosphere of the class has been much more engaging and it strengthens the class,” Beltran said about how these types of questions have changed the environment. 
 

RESULTS


The increase in participation and engagement by using Turning Technologies student response clickers has transformed Beltran’s classes. To further understanding, Beltran decided to use the QT device in all of his courses that currently use clickers. With the QT, Beltran discovered that he is able to get in-depth knowledge on his students’ understanding by using a variety of student polling question types including short answer. Students gave only positive feedback about using response systems, which supported Beltran’s continued use.