Resources for Clickers and Classroom Voting in Collegiate Mathematics

By Brian Winkel

SIMIODE, Cornwall NY USA

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Abstract

"This page contains resources for classroom voting in mathematics, also known as ConcepTests for Peer Instruction or "Clicker Questions". These materials were developed through two NSF-funded projects: "MathQUEST: Math Questions to Engage Students" (2006-2009) and "MathVote: Teaching Mathematics with Classroom Voting" (2010-2013). These projects involve not only creating and testing libraries of classroom voting questions, but also involve the study of these teaching methods. For more details see our Project Summaries below. These projects have been run here at Carroll College's, Mathematics Program by Holly Zullo and Kelly Cline."

That is the opening for a very rich set of clicker and classroom voting resources for a wide variety of course areas in undergraduate mathematics, including differential equations. There are some very revealing questions which will help your students realize whether or not they really understand a concept and can build on that understanding. There is a very nice section on Existence and Uniqueness in which scenarios are posed and the students are asked to consider if there is sufficient information to guarantee the existence of a unique solution. This is a set of exceptionally well laid out questions. Other sections include techniques solutions and set up of differential equations. There is a section on first order linear models and great conceptual, computational, and visual questions on second order oscillations.

There is also an MAA publication, Teaching Mathematics with Classroom Voting: With and Without Clickers. Kelly Cline and Holly Zullo, Editors. Here is what the MAA says about the publication,

"Are you looking for new ways to engage your students? Classroom voting can be a powerful way to enliven your classroom, by requiring all students to consider a question, discuss it with their peers, and vote on the answer during class. When used in the right way, students engage more deeply with the material, and have fun in the process, while you get valuable feedback when you see how they voted. But what are the best strategies to integrate voting into your lesson plans? How do you teach the full curriculum while including these voting events? How do you find the right questions for your students?

"This collection includes papers from faculty at institutions across the country, teaching a broad range of courses with classroom voting, including college algebra, precalculus, calculus, statistics, linear algebra, differential equations, and beyond. These faculty share their experiences and explain how they have used classroom voting to engage students, to provoke discussions, and to improve how they teach mathematics."

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