Online Interactivity Tools to Support Student Centered Learning in Large Classes

Hussain, S. , Abbasi, Q. H. , Ansari, I. S. , Qadir, J. and Imran, M. A. (2018) Online Interactivity Tools to Support Student Centered Learning in Large Classes. 12th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 2-3 Apr 2019. (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

In large classes, with diverse student backgrounds, it is generally a problem to engage students well in meaningful, active and collaborative learning activities. Main causes of such problems are student shyness, lack of confidence and fear of rejection. At the same time, delays in response to queries also play a vital role in demotivating the students to keep up such interactive activities. We shall brief about the use of some interactive online tools which can overcome these challenges by providing equal opportunity to all learners and at the same time encouraging their participation by anonymizing their identities. The response time can be overcome by having a collaborative platform where students could respond to their peers’ queries. We shall present different interactivity tools, how they have been previously used in the classes and to what effect they have improved class participation. We shall cover a wide range of student participation tools, starting from online poll participations to preparing collaborative responses, from students answering the student queries to performing the peer reviews. Finally, we shall present a comparison among different tools and present recommendations based on the needs and requirements of instructors, students, and classes.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Status:Accepted for Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ansari, Dr Imran and Imran, Professor Muhammad and Hussain, Dr Sajjad and Abbasi, Dr Qammer H
Authors: Hussain, S., Abbasi, Q. H., Ansari, I. S., Qadir, J., and Imran, M. A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
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