When you are running a class there are inevitably many, many variables that you end up needing to keep in mind to make sure that everyone in your class is getting the absolute most out of it.
While there is a lot to balance when working on a class design, something that is often overlooked is how to reach out best to every member of your audience, and by doing so, garner some live audience feedback about your design.
One way to do this?
Implement a live audience response system.
This alternative can help you measure the live responses of your class’s audience, as well as developing, and maintaining a live audience interaction, which, in return, will help you see where your class design is succeeding and where it could use a little improvement.
A lot of audience response systems are available with programs such as Niftio and are built to have the ability to allow for questions to be added and implemented.
Because of this, these response systems can help you collect a lot of data based on specific needs within your class.
Dealing with Introverts and Other Learning Styles
As is common logic now, not everyone learns the same way.
By using an audience response system, you can make sure that everyone – with all of their different styles and abilities to learn – will be able to get the most out of your class.
There has been a history of introverted students not getting everything they could from a class because they may not be able to raise their hand to clarify things that are either not clear or are misunderstood.
With a live audience interaction program, these students will no longer have to rely on methods such as writing things down in order to do their own research later on. These systems flourish in this situation because an audience response system helps make sure everyone is interacting with the class the same way. This system encourages everyone to interact with the class without having to feel exposed.
These programs can help you check in on people in your class, and see who is understanding the concepts being covered, and who happens to be struggling.
With real-time feedback, you are able to gather a lot of data that will help you make real-time corrections to elements of your class. As well as taking the time to give more in-depth explanations of concepts that seem to not be landing as well as you would like them to in the class.
The data collected from this process can allow you to manipulate your class to make it better for those who are not following along the way you would like or to make it more advance if you are finding that the real-time feedback says it can withstand it.
Competition Fueled Learning
When using an audience response system, you are not only encouraging students to learn via hand-held devices (as they are want to do naturally,) which not only helps encourage learning but helps keep them interested and engaged, as well.
However, there is more upside to an audience response system when it comes to your class. Everyone knows that a little bit of competition helps encourage people. Live audience interaction helps encourage people in your class to work harder in order to improve their standing.
Keep Tabs on Understanding
One of the best ways for you to be able to keep track of how well people are grasping the concepts you are working with is by using an audience response system. This kind of live audience interaction allows you to easily track the understanding of your material.
By making use of presentation slides, and interspersed check-ins, a response system can help you make sure that people are digesting the information in your class, and not just write down everything from the slides mindlessly. Breaking up your work like this is also a good way to make sure it does not get boring, or repetitive.
Audience response systems can be used at the beginning of courses in order to get a complete and well-rounded collection of data letting you know what everyone knows, and where their knowledge stands. Using this information, you can see exactly how much everyone has learned by the end of the course, comparing data points along the way.