Workshops/A New Look at Just-In-Time Teaching

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Session Information

  • Level - Introductory, no previous JiTT experience required
  • Intended Audience - Instructors interested in integrating JiTT methods into their courses.
  • Time - 50 minutes
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Before the Session

Before the Session: This session is hands-on, so please bring your laptop if possible. If you cannot bring a laptop, one will be provided for you.

General Description

Just-in-time teaching (JiTT) is term used to describe methods for gathering feedback from students while they are working with an instructor so that teaching adjustments can be made immediately to address questions, confusion, and other obstructions. Technology can be used to remedy common problems with traditional methods (e.g., reticent students not engaging in open Q&A), providing a more accurate snapshot of students' current level of understanding. The early use of technology to support JiTT involved presenting students with short quizzes just prior to a class meeting. The instructor would then review the responses and adjust the lesson plan accordingly. Today's new tools and mobile computing environment allow faculty to gather feedback from students at any point during a traditional or online class meeting. Students can even provide continuous, open feedback during a class presentation, contributing to a comment stream or backchannel that can be monitored. In this introductory workshop, we will review some of the research on JiTT and discuss methods you may be using currently. We will then work with several tools that can be used to support JiTT methods, including several classroom polling options and Twitter.

Learning Outcomes

Following this session, you will be able to...

  • Define JiTT, list three basic JiTT applications, and list one major finding from the JiTT literature
  • List three characteristics of effective JiTT student surveys or poll questions
  • Choose between two ways to implement student, pre/post-class surveys and quizzes: Qualtrics and D2L
  • Choose among five ways to implement in-class poling: Qualtrics, D2L, Connect, Turning Technologies, and Poll Everywhere
  • Choose among three ways to implement an instant messaging backchannel in class: Adobe Connect, Twitter, D2L
  • Implement a Twitter backchannel for use in class
  • Identify the risks involved in using an open backchannel during class
  • List three components of an online civility guide for your students

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