Clickers can be used to assess student learning at different stages in the learning process. By constructing appropriate Clicker questions, a wealth of information can be gathered that can help to better guide the learning process for each group of students. Some examples are summarized below.
Pre-Assessments: At the beginning of a school term or before a new topic
- What do the students already know about the topic?
- What are the students’ misconceptions?
Mid-Topic Assessments: In the middle of a topic or before another concept
- Do they understand this principle?
- Can they connect this principle/idea to the previous one?
- Can they apply this concept?
- How is their thinking changing?
Post-Assessments: At the end of a school term, topic, or class session
- What is their overall conceptual framework?
- Can they synthesize the concepts to solve problems?
- How had their understanding changed?
These stages and their objectives focus on varying levels of student understanding. For instance, pre-assessment may emphasize knowledge of general information, while mid-topic assessment may stress comprehension of implications or application of a technique.
Student Response Network is ideal for use in a classroom setting to provide the teacher with excellent baseline information as well as progress updates and post-evalution. This helps the teacher to customize the teaching and learning process as appropriate for each separate group of students learning a topic. Student Response Network makes student engagement and participation a key driver of the learning process.
This information is adapted from materials prepared by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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