Instructional Practices

No Gravity

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I’ve often found it both fun and useful to give students a problem for which there are no wrong answers. It just lets them wander a bit to explore ideas and see how one concept might lead to another.

This is something I particularly like to do on the opening day of class. An exercise like this can be a fun icebreaker and can set the tone for the rest of a course: this is a class where you need to be creative, explore ideas, share ideas that might be a little silly at times, and engage in group problem solving.

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The Sea in Single Drops: Connecting with Students Using Classroom Response Systems

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“Clickers.” If you’re not already using them, you might have heard about them from colleagues or students. Or you might know them by product names like iClicker—which uses its own handheld device—or web-based products like Squarecap, Poll Everywhere, and Top Hat that can be used on any mobile device. They all belong to a type of technology known as “classroom response system” (CRS). This type of technology has been used at UT since the early 2000s, and continue to grow in popularity. In fact, many instructors that we work with in the FIC are finding the CRS to be an increasingly necessary tool for creating meaningful learning experiences for their students.

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