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Building Better Clicker Questions

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This workshop will focus on helping you write questions that are successful in engaging your students, while also providing insight into student thinking, and informing your teaching. Partners from the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) and CITL staff will share ideas of how to maximize the information gained using any classroom polling approaches.  (iClicker, TopHat, etc…).  The workshop will provide a platform for discussing successful elements of effective clicker questions as well as time to practice writing your own clicker questions and to receive feedback from both peers and facilitators.  Please bring: 1) a conceptual difficulty from your class or discipline that you would like to address with a set of well-designed clicker questions, and/or 2) questions that you have used in the past and would like to improve.

Workshop Facilitators

MacKenzie R. Stetzer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and RiSE Center faculty member who has been involved in the development of research-based instructional materials in physics and physical science since 2001.  He also has extensive experience in the preparation and professional development of K-12 teachers, undergraduate Learning Assistants, graduate Teaching Assistants, and university instructors.

Erin Vinson is the Campus Programs Coordinator at the RiSE Center and has been involved with discipline-based education research at the University of Maine since 2014, at both the RiSE Center and the School of Biology and Ecology.  Erin works closely with both UMaine faculty and undergraduate Maine Learning Assistants to improve undergraduate STEM education for all.

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