At a Glance

Discipline

  • STEM
  • Physics

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP
  • University

Course

  • Physics First Year

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group

Type of Tasks

  • Solving problems
  • Reviewing & assessing peers
  • Reading

Technical Details

Useful Technologies

  • Clickers

Class size

  • Medium (50-99)
  • Large (100-250)

Time

Brief segment of class period (< 20 mins)

Instructional Purpose

  • Application & knowledge building
  • Consolidation & metacognition

Overview

After completing some reading and reading questions at home, students answer multiple-choice questions that aim to apply the new concept in a situation they have not seen yet. After answering this individually, students get into groups of 2-3 and vote again. Afterward, as a class, the instructor follows up and students are able to complete their lecture worksheet with their own reasoning and any corrections they needed to make. This activity benefits the students as it allows them to apply the new concepts in an environment where they can also learn from their peers.

The aim of the activity is ...

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After completing some reading and reading questions at home, students answer multiple-choice questions that aim to apply the new concept in a situation they have not seen yet. After answering this individually, students get into groups of 2-3 and vote again. Afterward, as a class, the instructor follows up and students are able to complete their lecture worksheet with their own reasoning and any corrections they needed to make. This activity benefits the students as it allows them to apply the new concepts in an environment where they can also learn from their peers.

The aim of the activity is for the comprehension of concepts and the reasoning behind those concepts.

 

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Instructional Objectives

  • To make students more comfortable with problem solving and reasoning with new physics concepts.

 

 

Student Learning Outcomes

 

 

 

Workflow & Materials

Contributor's Notes

Georg Rieger
Georg Rieger

University of British Columbia

Benefits

  • There are fewer failures in the course, as students are kept more accountable for new concepts as they are introduced in the course.

 

 

Challenges

  • Time can be a difficulty as discussions may take longer than anticipated.

 

 

Tips

  • The online resource supplied by the instructor helps with making sure that whatever subjects there was not enough time to discuss in class will be available to the students.

 

 

Applied Strategies

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    Peer Instruction & Think-pair-share