my fifth clicker session – a quick poll of the students

This “blog” is just a place to document my clicker session and today I did my fifth one.

31st August 2010 at 11am

I wanted to use the clickers to see how the students found the Microsoft access practical session in the computer lab the previous day.  I have 103 students who are in there first year of university.

The practical session was on using Microsoft Access and the students had 5 queries to write.

The clicker questions were:

  • Did you attend the Microsoft Access tutorial in the labs yesterday? Yes / No
  • Did you complete it in time? Yes / No
  • Did you submit it to the LMS? Yes / No
  • Statement: The tutorial was difficult [Strongly Agree / Agree / Neutral / Disagree / Strongly Disagree]
  • MCQ: Which of the following is a reason to use a select query?
  • MCQ: When you create a select query, where do you take data from?
  • MCQ: When you create a query, what does Microsoft Access save?
  • MCQ: The data returned by a query is called a:

What worked:

The countdown timer worked well and I set it to 10 seconds which I started when there were about 10 students left to answer

I stayed away from fancy templates and colours and just went with the standard white template that opens when you start TurningPoint.  This seem to work and displayed well although I did add a box around the question as it didn’t seem clear enough for me.  I went with the standard vertical bar chart that comes when you insert a four answer slide

What didn’t work:

There was a comment on one of my previous posts about changing from % to numbers and I thought I did this but it still showed percentages.  I need to get this nailed down as I want to know absolute numbers not percentages.  Eg and say “so 5 students selected  a as saying 3% is useless” etc.

Lessons Learnt:

The highlight of the session was when I asked the second last MCQ and there was an audible “Yes!” when I showed the correct answer.  I showed the question and then when polling closed and the graph showed 92% had selected answer b.  At this stage they don’t know if that is correct and I had added the little green arrow that goes up from the bottom and stops at the correct answer.  When it stopped at answer b, lots of them said “Yes!” which was nice.

My first experience of them seeing the benefit of immediate feedback.