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Spring learning opportunities

March 7, 2018

By Katie Quaranta

We are excited to announce a lineup of faculty-led webinars that you will not want to miss. Touching on a diverse range of topics, they are an opportunity to hear from your peers and ask questions about student learning and technology in the classroom.

Whether you are a TurningPoint expert, or have never used response technology before, these sessions will have something for everyone. Just visit our featured webinars page to register.

The Clicking Point – Using clickers to enhance student engagement
Date:  Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m. EDT

Dr. Ken Knox
Assistant Professor of Business and Management
Eastern Gateway Community College

Dr. Knox has been using TurningPoint in his community college classrooms for years. Find out what valuable lessons he has learned during that time, including tips for engaging and assessing his students and advice on what not to do. He will also delve into the results of his research into the efficacy of response technology in the classroom.

Students, students, students! All we ever hear about is students! Clickers are for our benefit, too!
Date: Wednesday, April 11 at 1 p.m. EDT

Dr. Meshagae Hunte-Brown
Teaching Professor
Department of Biology
Drexel University

Student-centric approaches to teaching and learning have been very popular in the literature, and there is much evidence of the efficacy of these approaches. But what about the faculty? The reality is that while "the student-centric approach" has continued to be a buzz phrase, if these approaches are too burdensome, the faculty can (will) not adopt them. For a new spin on the "old" technique, Dr. Hunte-Brown began using clickers for testing. Find out how this method satisfies the desires of the student of today and, as importantly, fits within the needs of the faculty.

Dull presentations are (still) evil: Flexible Anywhere Polling tools for dynamic teaching
Date: Wednesday, April 18 at 1 p.m. EDT

Dr. Taylor Sparks
Assistant Professor
Materials Science & Engineering
University of Utah

Boring presentations are unfortunately the norm, rather than the exception, in higher education. Active learning tools embedded into presentations are an excellent way to engage with students. In this talk, Dr. Sparks will describe how TurningPoint’s Anywhere Polling can be used to create more flexible and dynamic teaching environments. He will also describe best practices from his experience in preparing Anywhere Polling questions for several courses, both large and small, and go over specific examples that illustrate the flexibility of this tool for concept checking, quizzes, group projects, course feedback and worked examples.

Shake it up, Shake it down – It’s time to turn your classroom around
Date:  Wednesday, April 25 at 11 a.m. EDT

Sherri Wall
Instructor of Economics
UAF School of Management
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Back by popular demand! Clickers can efficiently enable you to “flip” your classroom and also institute a team-based learning environment. Freed up class time can be used to engage students in active (instead of passive) collaborative learning. Discover how to flip your class and use teams to engage in activities that are feasible because of the ease of collecting data with TurningPoint.