Feedback based teaching system

Prof. Durgesh Pratap Kshirsagar

There are multiple categories of students. Some are interactive, few are shy and others may be lagging concentration due to other reasons. To enhance the learning of variety of students, there are so many method already discovered, experimented and implemented.

Recently, I came across one of the methods which suited my course and leveraged the full potential of learning by students. The method is quite simple but intuitive and enrich with improvement in interaction.

What is the method?

The underneath method which I experimented is Feedback Based System. This method is a traditional and almost we have been witnessing it since we were students. Whenever a topic is being taught, the feedback of same is taken by the concerned faculty. Generally, this feedback is taken in verbal way. Being verbal, there may be some psychological, social and for that sake even some cultural reasons standing as barrier between faculty and students.

How to resolve this problem?

In the digital world, each and every student carries Smart Phone. This is a dual edge sword. It can be good or bad depending on the usage. I thought to use the Smart Phone as a medium of taking feedback on the taught concepts.

What is the tool used?

To conduct the feedback, I used a tool called “Clicker”. It is a client server application. Faculty needs to install the server on his laptop. Students need to install the Android app. Then, faculty can put in the Feedback questions into the Presentation Slides in a specific format. Once the topic is over, faculty can start the Feedback session immediately. Students who are already connected to the Server via Wifi hotspot, can answer the Feedback question without being identified. This way, the communication is improved and faculty can analyse the drawn results by using the Server module. The inclination of the class and overall understanding is analysed in no time.

Below are some snaps from my feedback session for the course Network Administration.

Question posted on screen

Students attempting question posted on LCD
Students attempting question posted on LCD

Conclusion

This method boosted the active participation of students in interactive session. It is found that the method also helped in recognising the level of understanding by the students on a taught topic.

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