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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Which Review is Better? Multiple Choice or Fill in the Blank

Interactive teaching methods can facilitate students’ engagement with course material and increase student participation. One popular automated interactive teaching method is student response systems (SRS), also known as “clickers.” Previous research has found that students prefer using multiple choice formats using clickers versus manual fill in the blank using response cards. In this study we compare multiple choice format versus fill in the blank format using only the clicker interactive teaching method. We evaluate the instructional effectiveness of multiple choice versus fill in the blank response format on student learning with undergraduate students. The participants are randomly assigned to either the multiple choice condition or the fill in the blank condition. In both conditions the participants respond to posed questions by typing in their answers using clickers. Additionally, subjective evaluations are collected of students preferences between the two different response methods.

Presenter: Molly Monachino (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 12 Hartwell
Time: 1:45 pm (Session III)