What are In-class Active Learning tools?

Using an in-class active learning tool in a lecture, teaching staff can pose questions in a PowerPoint presentation, verbally or on the board (depending on the system used). Students then answer the questions using web-enabled devices such a laptops, smart phones or tablets. A running tally, graph or word cloud of student responses is projected onto the screen.

Why would I use an In-class Active Learning tool?

In-class active learning tools can be used to engage students and promote deeper understanding in lectures and tutorials. They allow teaching staff to ask questions, gain immediate feedback from students and adjust their lectures/tutorials accordingly. Questions can be posed to check students' understanding of lecture content, identify student misconceptions and facilitate discussions.


Other Considerations

UQ surveys show that currently 98% of students own a mobile web enabled device. To ensure equity, use web-based solutions for formative learning activities only and have students collaborate on answers. Based on groups of 2 to 5 students, only 40%+ of students need to have a web-enabled device for activities to be effective.

Case studies

A/Professor Sarah Percy - UQwordcloud

Sarah shares her views on the integration of UQwordcloud for the engagement of students in large lecture classes.

Watch the video (YouTube, 4m 47s) 

Dr Chris Campbell - UQwordcould

Chris shares her views on the benefits of using UQwordcloud for brainstorming activities in class. 

Watch the video (YouTube, 1m 51s)

Vincent O'Rourke - In-class active learning tools

Vincent discusses how he used Padlet, UQPoll and Wordcloud to pose questions in class to assess students' comprehension and guide future teaching needs.

Watch the video (YouTube, 2m 28s)

Dr Noriko Iwashita - Padlet

Noriko discusses how she used Padlet in her course to engage students with group discussion activities, presentations, note-taking, revision and assessment.

Cristyn Meath - Padlet

Cristyn shares her views on the benefits of using Padlet to effectively engage students in group discussions during class.

Dr Tammy Smith - Padlet

Tammy discusses how she used Padlet to engage remote students online.

Professor Ulrike Gretzel - Padlet

Ulrike shares her experience of using Padlet as a way of making a contextualised and engaging activity for her students.

Dr Sownya Shetty - Padlet

Sownya shares her experience of using Padlet in three different ways: as a pre-lecture activity, as a case discussion and as an in-class engagement activity.

Dr Arosha Weerakoon - Padlet

Arosha discusses the ways that she used Padlet to engage students in case study scenario discussions.

Dr Tammy Smith - Responseware

Tammy discusses how she used Responseware to facilitate a course feedback session and a clinical symposium to engage both on campus and off campus students simultaneously.

Watch the video (YouTube, 2m 02s)

Dr Melanie Robertson-Dean - ResponseWare

Melanie shares her views on the benefits of using ResponseWare to engage students with lecture content in class.

Watch the video (YouTube, 3m 51s)

Dr Chris Campbell - Padlet

Chris explains how she uses Padlet for group work. 

Watch the video (YouTube, 3m 27s)

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