How can I increase student participation?

Fredric says that when he asks for questions and comments after lectures, he receives responses from just a few students, often the same persons, while many students sit silent.

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He does not know if it is because the students have not understood everything or if they avoid speaking for other reasons, for example, that they are just shy. Fredrik would also like to improve case discussions where students are simply too passive, either because they have not learned the material or they are unused to working in this way. Fredric wishes to have more evenly distributed participation where students are willing to actively cooperate with each other. He thinks that all students should take an active role in their own learning.

KIB’s Educational technologists recommend that you consider a combination of different tools that can help increase student participation. It is even a good idea to let students be involved in deciding which methods they would like to use.

Simple steps to can take

With Ping Pong’s survey function, you can pose follow-up questions to gage understanding after a lecture, the results of which can be seen in Ping Pong’s progress window. Students can answer the survey in the Ping Pong’s app in their mobile phone. In addition, you can use group discussions in Ping Pong to monitor the discussion forum and see who has contributed to the discussion. One way to encourage even shy students to ask questions is to use Ping Pong’s function enabling students to ask questions anonymously. Students can also be asked to first discuss a subject in pairs before giving an agreed upon answer. With social media and virtual rooms like Google Hangouts and Voicethread, the students do not need to be in the same room to be able to hold discussions with each other.

Takes a bit more time

With a technique called Flipping the Classroom, you can record your lectures, making them available to students, who can then watch them as many times as necessary to understand the material. At KIB we offer a course to help teachers who would like to implement Flipping the Classroom in their own teaching.

Would you like to learn more about any of these tools or need help from us to get started and produce your own material? Contact KIB’s Educational technologists for help. Call, send your questions through our support forum or book a personal coaching session.

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