Comments on: <a href="http://derekbruff.com/teachingwithcrs/clickers">Clickers</a>, Private Universes, and Agile Teaching http://derekbruff.com/teachingwithcrs/?p=767 Resources for engaging and assessing students with clickers Thu, 09 Dec 2010 12:49:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.2 By: derekbruff http://derekbruff.com/teachingwithcrs/?p=767&cpage=1#comment-1738 derekbruff Tue, 10 Aug 2010 17:50:21 +0000 http://derekbruff.com/teachingwithcrs/?p=767#comment-1738 I think you're on target with this comment, Jennifer! We can debate the merits of large classes, but that's not the same as debating the merits of teaching with clickers. I think you’re on target with this comment, Jennifer! We can debate the merits of large classes, but that’s not the same as debating the merits of teaching with clickers.

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By: Jennifer http://derekbruff.com/teachingwithcrs/?p=767&cpage=1#comment-1731 Jennifer Wed, 04 Aug 2010 23:05:16 +0000 http://derekbruff.com/teachingwithcrs/?p=767#comment-1731 I think your last point, that clickers can be useful *given* a large class, is the real problem people have when they disparage clickers – that is, they don't want large classes so they shoot down anything that might suggest large classes might NOT be the worst thing ever for student learning. But it's a really important distinction – I don't think anyone would suggest that smaller classes are better than larger classes, ALL ELSE EQUAL, but when is ALL else really equal? I find it hard to believe that my large class with clickers is really worse than my colleague's 50-student section where he basically reads the textbook to them and then gives multiple-choice exams… I think your last point, that clickers can be useful *given* a large class, is the real problem people have when they disparage clickers – that is, they don’t want large classes so they shoot down anything that might suggest large classes might NOT be the worst thing ever for student learning. But it’s a really important distinction – I don’t think anyone would suggest that smaller classes are better than larger classes, ALL ELSE EQUAL, but when is ALL else really equal? I find it hard to believe that my large class with clickers is really worse than my colleague’s 50-student section where he basically reads the textbook to them and then gives multiple-choice exams…

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