Free #clicker webinar: Facilitating Peer Instruction Effectively

by Stephanie Chasteen on January 25, 2014

I’m giving two free webinars this coming Wednesday on the use of clickers in the classroom to promote student discussion.  I’ve given a lot of these and they’ve always been very well received, come join us, it should be a good time!  Each is one hour long.

  1. 11 am PT / 2pm ET:  Recording  (I didn’t get through everything on this one, but it had more audience participation.  Probably the better one to watch, but you can watch the end of the second webinar to see what I didn’t get to).
  2. 5pm PT / 8pm ET  Recording (Got through more content, but smaller crowd)


In this interactive webinar, we’ll explore research-based tips and ideas for using clickers in a way that allow us to achieve the full benefit of questioning –student engagement and deep learning. We will focus on the use of “peer instruction” – the practice of requiring students to discuss their answers to challenging questions with one another. We’ll discuss common challenges, share tips on getting students to productively argue and reason through the questions, and ways to encourage all students to speak up in response to questions.

Handouts & slides

  • Full package (recommended) – slides, handouts & resources, 23 MB.  (ZIP):  FIXED
  • Slides (PDF)
  • Handouts (only those used in workshop; ZIP)


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George Washington U. clicker workshop – Dec 10th

by Stephanie Chasteen on December 10, 2013

I am giving a workshop at George Washington University on the effective use of clickers, along with my wonderful colleague Stefanie Mollborn from Sociology.  This is a four-part half-day workshop, including information on facilitation, question writing, and tips for success.

Do you want to learn how to use clickers – or any student voting technique – effectively?  Or, are you new to clickers, or already using them and looking for ideas for improvement?  Then this workshop is for you.  In this interactive workshop, we will help you learn the essential features of using clickers to facilitate student discussion, best practices in effective facilitation of clickers in the classroom, and how to write great clicker questions that engage students and help them learn.  Facilitated by a physicist and a sociologist, the workshop will be cross-disciplinary, featuring examples from the Sciences, Arts, Humanities, and the Social Sciences.

Below is the workshop outline and slides.  After part 2, we broke into disciplinary groups, with Chasteen (me) facilitation the natural sciences, and Mollborn facilitating social sciences and humanities.  Mollborn and Chasteen slides are very similar.


  1. Introduction and overview  (slides-intro)
  2. Effective facilitation (slides-facilitation)
  3. Writing great clicker questions (slides-Mollborn)
  4. Advanced topics (slides – Chasteen)  (slides-Chasteen)

Here is aHzip file of all handouts, including a folder of additional resources.

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