Session Title

Critical Thinking in Action: Integrating Classroom Response Systems into Your Instructional Design Toolkit

Description

Classroom response systems are instructional technologies that allow instructors to rapidly collect and analyze student responses to questions posed. Instruction librarians at Temple University Libraries use TurningPoint software and ‘clickers’ plus the web-based tool, Poll Everywhere to elicit responses from students during “First-Year Writing” and “Journalism Research” library instruction sessions. These technologies provide an avenue for students to demonstrate their understanding and application of information literacy concepts presented in the sessions, such as distinguishing between popular and scholarly sources, constructing effective search strategies, and evaluating the credibility of information sources. While clickers and Poll Everywhere are used to answer objective ‘right-or-wrong’ questions, they are also used to gather responses to problem-based, open-ended questions, thus facilitating classroom discussion, fostering critical thinking in students, and, more importantly, empowering students to be a part of the learning process. Data will be shared, and attendees will become familiar with best practices for implementing classroom response systems into their own instruction sessions, plus get ideas for wording various types of engaging, reflective polling questions.

Start Date

15-3-2012 12:45 PM

End Date

15-3-2012 1:45 PM

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Critical Thinking in Action: Integrating Classroom Response Systems into Your Instructional Design Toolkit

Classroom response systems are instructional technologies that allow instructors to rapidly collect and analyze student responses to questions posed. Instruction librarians at Temple University Libraries use TurningPoint software and ‘clickers’ plus the web-based tool, Poll Everywhere to elicit responses from students during “First-Year Writing” and “Journalism Research” library instruction sessions. These technologies provide an avenue for students to demonstrate their understanding and application of information literacy concepts presented in the sessions, such as distinguishing between popular and scholarly sources, constructing effective search strategies, and evaluating the credibility of information sources. While clickers and Poll Everywhere are used to answer objective ‘right-or-wrong’ questions, they are also used to gather responses to problem-based, open-ended questions, thus facilitating classroom discussion, fostering critical thinking in students, and, more importantly, empowering students to be a part of the learning process. Data will be shared, and attendees will become familiar with best practices for implementing classroom response systems into their own instruction sessions, plus get ideas for wording various types of engaging, reflective polling questions.