The following post was written by Adam Craik, Teaching Enhancement Officer in LTE and lead on the classroom interaction project.
We are very excited to announce that over the 2018/19 academic year approximately 100 teaching staff across the university will be piloting the classroom interaction tool, Mentimeter.
Mentimeter is a web-based interaction tool with many rich features (such as multiple choice quizzing functionality and Likert/matrix/word cloud/open-text question types). It allows teachers to engage with students via their own internet-enabled devices, with response data appearing on the presenter screen in real-time. Questions can also be shared with students to answer remotely in a self-paced format. All responses are anonymous, which is crucial for effective student engagement, and no app is required for either staff or students.
Pilot participants will be measuring impact with their students via a student exit survey, and the participants will also contribute data via a staff exit survey. With further opportunities for focus groups and case studies, we should ultimately gain a rich overview of how useful Mentimeter has been in learning and teaching, coupled with valuable stories of how it was used. By the end of the year we will then be able to make an informed decision of how to best progress beyond the pilot – so here’s to a year of fruitful interactions!
If you are a member of teaching staff and you’d like to participate in the pilot then please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there is a licence available for you to use. You can also find out what’s possible with a free licence (limited functionality) by coming along to one of our “Classroom Interaction Tools” sessions – look for the next available session date here.