Teaching a group of students in a large classroom can have its challenges, one of which being able to engage and interact with every student in the room. With only 3 or 4 pupils willing to raise a hand to ask or answer questions, it becomes difficult to truly know if what you’re saying resonates with students.
The Department of Biological Sciences at Chester University consists of an innovative group of teaching and research staff all committed to providing a high-quality teaching and learning environment for all students.
Dr Neil Pickles, Deputy Head and Senior lecturer of the department, wanted a solution that would engage students and encourage more participation in every lecture.
After experimenting with three different audience response solutions, Dr Neil Pickles found the perfect solution when he attended a conference that used the Vevox app. The simple and user-friendly features would make a perfect solution for creating interactive lectures.
Dr Neil Pickles signed up for Vevox with plans to use the PowerPoint add-in to engage students in live polling and discussions.
Vevox helped increase student participation dramatically. Previously, in a group of 100 students, only 3 or 4 would contribute to answer or ask a question. With Vevox more than half of the students contributed during the lecture, whether by asking questions, voting on polls or sharing comments.
Students quickly embraced the introduction of Vevox to the classroom by using the mobile app and the web link to join discussions and contribute valuable feedback. The
The University of Chester Increases Student Participation with Vevox ability to push polling results back to the students’ devices instantly helped Dr Neil Pickles keep his students engaged during the lecture.
In addition to successfully engaging more students in the classroom, Dr Neil Pickles discovered several other benefits of implementing Vevox:
“We meet with student representatives to get feedback on our teaching and one of the things they highlighted was that they really liked the use of Vevox and they were hoping I would keep using it in the future. I’m looking forward to showing Vevox to more of my colleagues in the New Year after seeing how it’s helped improve engagement in my lectures.”“During a lecture, as soon as I thought of something to ask I could create a question and poll the students.”
“I can download the results of each session in Excel and share it with the class afterwards as a summary of what was discussed in the lecture.”
“By using multiple choice questions to test the knowledge in the room, I can instantly understand which topics need more revision.”
“Anonymous profiles encourage more students to ask questions without fear of feeling embarrassed in front of their peers.”
After successfully increasing student participation during his lectures, Dr Neil Pickles plans to continue use of Vevox during lectures.
“We meet with student representatives to get feedback on our teaching and one of the things they highlighted was that they really liked the use of Vevox and they were hoping I would keep using it in the future. I’m looking forward to showing Vevox to more of my colleagues in the New Year after seeing how it’s helped improve engagement in my lectures.”
Dr Neil Pickles, Deputy Head of Department and Senior Lecturer for Department of Biological Sciences, University of Chester.