Guy Smith, in his role as an associate professor at ERAU and the Applied Aviation Sciences department chair for the College of Aviation, hired Joe Anderson as the technology assistant for Applied Aviation Sciences. Smith and Anderson are members of the Task Force on Innovation, which is dedicated to keeping the university up-to-date with technology in education. A need was identified at ERAU to provoke discussions during lessons to include the entire class. Smith desired to find a student response solution to captivate students with their existing technology and enhance their preparation for future careers in STEM fields.
After examining several options for student response solutions, Smith and Anderson decided on Turning Technologies’ solutions, which include student response devices and a mobile response option. This combination allowed the professors to choose whether their students responded with traditional student response clickers, mobile devices or both in a blended environment.
The professors began to utilize the SRS technology in a variety of ways to best fit their teaching styles and course structure. In the College of Arts and Sciences, instructors used TurningPoint student polling to ask questions without a right or wrong answer to provoke discussion. Smith assessed his students’ understanding of the material assigned for outside of class by polling at the beginning of the lesson.
“This is a quick way to determine whether not only the kids in the front of the class know what they’re doing, but whether the entire class does or not,” explained Smith.
Anderson conducted a survey with seven questions for the students in classes using the interactive student response system. From the study, Smith and Anderson concluded that the students enjoyed using response technology and were more engaged in the material at hand. The professors also saw encouraging results from the online student response system because there was more discussion with a majority of the students involved.
Since the results were so positive, they are planning to implement TurningPoint campus wide.
“We like the student response systems. We are going to use them in more classrooms and create standards where there is more available training for faculty and students,” Anderson said about the future of furthering the implementation of TurningPoint student polling software.