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Tuesday, May 15 • 10:45am - 11:15am
Does audience response system use in lectures improve assessment performance?

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Large group lecture settings form the cornerstone of preclinical veterinary education with most lectures lasting 50 minutes. It is widely recognised, however, that student attention decreases after about 10-15 minutes of lecture, suggesting that this format is ineffective for achieving student learning outcomes. Mechanisms have been suggested to re-engage students with research indicating that student-centric activities such as asking questions are most effective. Unfortunately, asking direct questions can be prohibitive in large group lecture settings because, while students may all hear the question, it is impossible for them all to answer aloud, therefore it is likely that only the students who are chosen to answer out loud will fully engage. The use of Audience Response Devices is a potential solution to this problem as they allow each student to participate and answer while also allowing the instructor to provide direct feedback on their responses. This project evaluated the effect of including question and answer sessions using audience response devices on student engagement with lecture material as measured by their performance on multiple choice assessments for the course.


Jennifer Carter

Melbourne Veterinary School
Dr Jen Carter is a Senior Lecturer in anaesthesia at the Melbourne Veterinary School. She is very active in clinical anaesthesia as well as teaching and learning for both veterinary students and continuing professional development. Jen has an education research focus and recently... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am
Plaza P2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre