Category archives for Clickers

Why Flipped Classrooms Fail

“I tried Peer Instruction and it didn’t work.”   As a champion of the popular flipped learning method developed by Eric Mazur, this phrase always hits me hard when I hear it from fellow educators. And I do hear it. Over the years, I’ve run into many different accounts of experiments in innovative teaching and flipped […]

3 ways to write effective questions

Ever wonder how to write Peer Instruction, clicker questions, or ConcepTests, or other item types that capture students attention in ways that help you share the wonderful world of the subject matter you are teaching? Check out my new post, “3 Tips for Teaching – Great Question Writing” on Teach.com to get 3 ideas for writing effective questions […]

What is Peer Instruction…in 2 mins

In this post, I give a 2ish minute video primer on Peer Instruction and how to implement it with fidelity. The video has about 50 seconds of preamble and closing for 2.56 minutes total. This basic introduction includes a handful of quick tips for avoiding common pitfalls. Some key ideas introduced in the video for which […]

3 easy ways to use clickers and Peer Instruction in the Arts and Humanities

On June 3, 2013 I sat in a room at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany at a Turning Technologies User Conference.  The room was quiet as we listened to Christopher Wiley, the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the City University London and expert in musicology, explain how an off the cuff decision to use classroom […]

8 tips for transitioning to clickers when flipping your class with Peer Instruction

In a 2008 paper, physicist and former Mazur postdoctoral fellow, Nathaniel Lasry demonstrated a surprising result from a study on classroom response systems (CRS) in a Peer Instruction (PI) environment. Lasry’s result? Despite the rapid scaling of high-tech CRS, such as clickers, their use in his undergraduate physics classroom did not seem to influence learning outcomes over less-techy alternatives, such […]

Learn to do something innovative inside your flipped classroom

“If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would design something like a classroom.” John Medina, Brain Rules In a flip class, educators have dedicated a lot of attention and valiant effort to redesigning approaches to direct classroom instruction (e.g. lecture) […]

A simple out-of-class assignment that could have big pay off in a flipped class

Peer Instruction Network member Claire, a K-12 English teacher from Michigan, worries that far too many of her students are falling through the cracks.  She is looking for ways to reach them.  Could student-generated questions be one possible low-threshold intervention?  This post digs into this question.  However, if you are looking for a quick protocol for student-generated questions, […]

How learning works in Peer Instruction and Learning Catalytics

March 11, 2013 @julieschell Many teachers are using Peer Instruction and classroom response systems (CRSs) to flip their classrooms and to engage students in deep learning and subject-matter understanding. After trying a range of CRSs throughout his career, in 2011 Eric Mazur teamed up with Brian Lukoff and Gary King at Harvard University to develop Learning […]

Quick Start Guide to Flipping your Classroom with Peer Instruction

Ready to turn your students’ worlds right side up? Flip your classroom with Peer Instruction. Peer Instruction is the first innovative teaching method I tried the second time teaching my “big girl” course – a graduate level seminar on educational theory at Teachers College, Columbia University.   I had been working as a postdoc with Eric […]

100+ Quick Tips for Flipping Your Class

Flipped Tips: A Daily Tip Series on Teaching and Learning focused on Flipped Classrooms and Peer Instruction  Turn to Your Neighbor features quick, practical advice and ideas, in 140 characters or less, for flipping your class.   On this page, you can find a selection of those tips categorized. Tips are posted on Twitter daily using […]

Turn to Your Neighbor Turns 30,000 and Launches #flippedtip Series

A very big THANK YOU to all of our readers and members of the Peer Instruction Network! Turn to Your Neighbor was born on February 25, 2012. And today, we turned 30,000 hits old. Top Three Turn to Your Neighbor Posts The top three TTYN posts discuss flipped implementation with tips for promoting both out-of […]

How to describe some flipping techniques on your syllabus

It’s the Saturday before school starts for many of us. If you are anything like me, you have had the syllabus that’s going to transform your students’ lives complete for a full 2 months and are kicking back and relaxing on this fine holiday weekend. Fantasy over. Many people who are deciding to use flipped […]

How do you group students for productive conversations?

While lecture is still the mainstay in most classrooms, many instructors across the disciplines are onto the power of peer-to-peer learning. The typical cue for students to engage in peer discussion is usually something like, “get into groups of two or three and discuss” or specifically in Peer Instruction the prompt is, “Turn to Your […]