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15. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: Teaching and Learning – Expanding our Resources

28. - 30. April 2011, Wien, Österreich

Use of an Audience Response System (ARS) to Improve Student Learning


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15. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: Teaching and Learning – expanding our resources. Wien, Österreich, 28.-30.04.2011. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. Doc11grako09

doi: 10.3205/11grako09, urn:nbn:de:0183-11grako096

Veröffentlicht: 25. April 2012

© 2012 Plass et al.
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It has been show allready in the 60s that an interruption of a continuos speech during a lecture improves cognitive retention of the spoken contents. This effect was first generated by an akward noise. During the last 30 years intellectual demand and responses to specific questions have replaced the sensory stimulus referred.

Audiences can be awakened with several means, but the modern audiense response systems provide an academic means of doing so.

Audience participation is a key to any successful presentation. Audience response systems (ARS) promote active participation during lectures and have been shown to improve retention rates of factual information. With an audience response system you can ask your audience questions, poll opinions, show the results immediately and create reports afterwards. ARS are used in almost all educational areas. The common response of teachers and students is of enthusiastic and several studies also indicate an improved learning in the short term and a vague (not significant) effect in long term follow up studies.

After a short introduction, we will show how to use an interactive ARS and demonstrate the possibilities of the software for generating presentations as well as the PowerPoint Applet.

Participants will discuss scenarios using an audience response system. Based on this discussion small groups will develop their own applications using the system available at the Medical University of Vienna. Laptops for group work will be provided.