Turn to your neighbor

Presentation Date: 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Turning Technology User Conference: Aarhus, Denmark, Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark)

Presentation Slides: 

Peer Instruction (PI) is a teaching method that leverages the power of cutting-edge learning technologies, such as clickers, to transform learning. The centerpiece of Peer Instruction is the ConcepTest, a short interactive question that helps uncover student misconceptions. “Turn to your neighbor” is the classic catch-phrase of PI methodology, whereby teachers encourage students to think about a question, vote on their answer, and then turn to their neighbor to engage, rather than sitting passively in a lecture. In this presentation, we examine two big, open questions frequently posed by Peer Instruction and clicker users -- Should I ask my students to vote first, before turning to their neighbor to discuss? And, should I show my students the results of clicker polls, before I cue them to turn to their neighbors? Find out what the experts say and try out their advice in your own classroom.