New book about clickers
James Rhem of the National Teaching and Learning Forum sees use of clickers as a great opportunity for faculty to think carefully about the kinds of questions they ask in class and the learning goals they have for their students. Rehm recently wrote the following about clickers:
Successful use of clickers turns on the skillful use of good questions. … There are content questions asking for recall of information, conceptual questions seeking evidence of understanding, application questions, critical thinking questions, and free-response questions.
Rehm’s article originally appeared in the March 2009 NTLF newsletter. and was reprinted on the Tomorrow’s Professor blog. It was largely a response to the publication of Derek Bruff’s Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creative Active Learning Environments (Jossey-Bass, 2009). Bruff is assistant director of Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and a senior lecturer in Mathematics (sounds a bit like Alex Hahn).