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Active Learning Center
Tips, Best Practices, & Events

ON-DEMAND WEBINARS


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Studies show that engaging students through activities, discussion and collaboration is more effective than traditional lecturing. iClicker is pleased to invite you to a Politcal Science-specific webinar led by Kimi King. Attend this webinar to learn key strategies, ideas and best practices as they relate to the Political Science classroom!

Dr. Kimi Lynn King is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of North Texas (UNT). Dr. King’s research interests address the role of law in conflict resolution, and she has published on a wide range of topics including human and civil rights, international law, U.S. Supreme Court decision-making and foreign policy, gender studies, and sexual violence. She is a regular political news correspondent for media outlets, develops pedagogical content for university publishers, and serves as a founding member of the American Moot Court Association (a national undergraduate law and policy advocacy organization).

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Presented by:
Dr. Kimi Lynn King

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This webinar will address a variety of ways to incorporate active learning strategies both inside and outside of the classroom. From getting your students to attend class, to engaging them while they are there, on through to assessing student understanding, this webinar is sure to have something for anyone interested in strategies and tools to impact student success.

Solina Lindahl has been teaching Principles of Economics, Comparative Economic Systems and Poverty & Discrimination since 1995 in large and small classes. She is happiest experimenting with new technologies and promising pedagogy. She has worked with the Chancellor’s Office of the CSU as the Economics Lead Faculty for the Course Redesign with Technology Program) and with her campus’s CTLT (co-leading learning communities for instructors of large classes). She has found active learning to be a successful and stimulating strategy and is always looking for probing questions and good ideas for video tutorials.

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Presented by:
Solina Lindahl

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Every student loves a bit of healthy competition, and iClicker Cloud has the tools to you need to incorporate games in the classroom. In this presentation, we will discuss approaches to using iClicker Polling to create in-class games that can be adapted for small or large classes, played as individuals or in groups.

A. Rey Villanueva is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, currently teaching introduction level classes in the four subfields (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics). Rey holds a BA in Anthropology from UTSA, and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Virginia where he taught ESOL classes at the Center for American English Language Culture. He is currently a doctoral student in Anthropology at UTSA studying the nuclear fuel cycle in the American Southwest.

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Presented by:
Rey Villanueva

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Studies show that engaging students through activities, discussion and collaboration is more effective than traditional lecturing. iClicker is pleased to invite you to a Physics-specific webinar led by Matt Evans. Attend this webinar to learn key strategies, ideas and best practices as they relate to the Physics classroom!

Matt Evans has been teaching physics for over 18 years at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, often exploring new techniques and technologies that can enhance the classroom experience for students, including online homework systems and pre and post lecture support videos. For over the past 10 years he has been using student response systems in his classrooms. Currently he serves as the Interim Director of the Ronald E. McNair program on his campus. Learn more about Matt by viewing his profile here.

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Presented by:
Matt Evans

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Studies show that engaging students through activities, discussion and collaboration is more effective than traditional lecturing. iClicker is pleased to invite you to a Biology-specific webinar led by Deb Pires, Instructional Consultant and Academic Administrator at UCLA's Center for Education Innovation in Life Sciences. Attend this webinar to learn key strategies, ideas and best practices as they relate to the Biology classroom!

Debra Pires is an instructor for the introductory biology curriculum at UCLA, teaching courses in evolution, ecology and biodiversity (LS1), cells, tissues and organs (LS2), and molecular biology (LS3). Dr. Pires is a long time Bruin, earning her B.S.A. in Biology and later her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. Her research focused on population genetics, conservation genetics, and the behavior of an insectivorous Central African bat, Hipposideros ruber.

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Presented by:
Debra Pires


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Studies show that engaging students through activities, discussion and collaboration is more effective than traditional lecturing. iClicker is pleased to invite you to a Chemistry-specific webinar led by Brandon Tenn, PhD, Professor of Chemistry and Math at Merced College. Attend this webinar to learn key strategies, ideas and best practices as they relate to the Chemistry classroom!

Presented by:
Dr. Brandon Tenn


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Studies show that engaging students through activities, discussion and collaboration is more effective than traditional lecturing. iClicker is pleased to invite you to a Psychology-specific webinar led by Edna Ross. Watch this webinar to learn key strategies, ideas and best practices as they relate to the Psychology classroom!

Dr. Ross is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Louisville with specializations in learning and cognitive psychology. Dr. Ross has received several awards for teaching and student involvement from the University of Louisville including the College of Arts and Sciences’ peer conferred Distinguished Teaching Award, and the student nominated Faculty Favorite Award. In addition to her faculty role at the University of Louisville, Dr. Ross has a joint appointment with the Delphi Center for Teaching and learning as the Specialist for Critical Thinking. Dr. Ross strives continually to introduce and foster the effective use of instructional technology in her classes and is the current Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Technology and Facilities Committee.

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Presented by:
Edna Ross

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Join Grace Tuttle for a 30-minute webinar on creating a faculty learning community (FLC) at your institution to support active learning. During the webinar she will discuss the purpose of creating an FLC and what you should hope to accomplish from it.

Grace Tuttle joined Learning Technology Solutions at Boise State University in January of 2016. She has served in the United States Air Force, Idaho State Legislature, Whitworth University and Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Computer Information Systems from Park University, Masters of Public Administration from University of Oklahoma, and Education Specialist, Adult Organizational Learning and Leadership from University of Idaho. She is a doctoral student in Instructional Design and Technology at Idaho State University. She teaches EDTECH 202 and is a mentor at the First Forward Success Program at Boise State University.

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Presented by:
Grace Tuttle



This Valentine’s Day we’re sharing the love of Active Learning! Join Dr. Kate Biberdorf for a 30-minute webinar on how she plans and executes simple, active learning strategies into her classroom. This webinar is ideal for anyone interested in learning and sharing new ideas and techniques to get students engaged and active in their own learning.

Kate was the recipient of the 2015 Natural Science Foundation Teaching Excellence Award as well as the recipient of the 2016 College of Natural Sciences Outreach Excellence Award. To learn more about Kate, visit her website

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Presented by:
Dr. Kate Biberdorf


Using Learning Science to Craft the Active Learning Classroom

In this presentation, Dr. Chaudhury, Executive Director of the Innovation in Learning Center at the University of South Alabama, will share his insights into how research in the learning sciences combined with advances in computer technologies gives educators the tools to create engaging, interactive experiences for students.

The social interactions of peer instruction play a prominent role in an interactive classroom. Dr. Chaudhury will present a variety of different formative assessment strategies—researched, developed, and tested by himself and others—and will give attendees strategies for incorporating clicker technologies into their own teaching. Participants will gain additional tools from this session to help them reach their instructional goals related to effective student learning through building their metacognitive skills.

Presented by:
Dr. S. Raj. Chaudhury

Low Stakes, High Impact: Best Practices for Using iClicker

Research shows us again and again that frequent, low-stakes testing can be a powerful, even transformative, teaching tool. Join us for an interactive discussion of the importance of low-stakes assessment, and best practices for bringing these assessments into class.

Presented by:
Dr. Amanda Chau


Join Univeristy of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Physics professor, Matt Evans as he discusses how he uses iClicker to get students to class and then engage them once they are there. He’ll first discuss his experiences in using the geolocation-based Attendance feature in iClicker Cloud to measure student attendance and will then provide insight into best practices for using in-class polling to actively engage students in their own learning.

Matt Evans has been teaching physics for over 18 years at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, often exploring new techniques and technologies that can enhance the classroom experience for students, including online homework systems and pre and post lecture support videos. For over the past 10 years he has been using student response systems in his classrooms. Currently he serves as the Interim Director of the Ronald E. McNair program on his campus. Learn more about Matt by viewing his profile here.

Presented by:
Matt Evans
Physics Professor
Univeristy of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

How and Why to Use Anonymous Polling

Our newest iClicker Cloud feature, Anonymous Polling, lets instructors ask sensitive questions that students can answer anonymously. This creates a safe space where students can take part in an open debate without being singled out for an unpopular opinion or answer. Join us to see the new Anonymous Polling functionality and learn innovative ways to use anonymous polling to facilitate open dialogue in the classroom.

Presented by:
Natalie Dougall and Kristina Treadway

iClicker & Early Intervention

Universities and colleges across the nation are working diligently to support students throughout their academic careers. Early alert systems are a small but important way instructors can help students get the attention they need in order to improve retention efforts. Join us to learn how you can use attendance and polling modules by iClicker to identify students in need of additional help so they can reach their education goals.

Presented by:
Dr. Brandon Tenn and Natalie Dougall


Years of research tells us active learning is effective. But we know it isn’t always an easy transition. In this 30-minute on-demand webinar, Instructional Technologist Angela Nickoli will disucss how to make your classroom more engaging and effective.

Angela Nickoli is an Instructional Technologist in the Integrated Learning Institute (iLearn) department at Ball State University. Prior to her position in iLearn, she was a full-time contract faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice/Criminology at Ball State University. Her 19 years of teaching experience includes teaching both large and small sections of a variety of criminal justice courses, both introductory and specialized. In 2009, she became the "iClicker faculty fellow" for the Office of Educational Excellence in which she developed a series of faculty workshops and an in-house tech support program for BSU. In the fall of 2016, Angela accepted a full-time position with the Ball State Integrated Learning Institute where she continues to lead iClicker workshops and is currently developing a faculty training programs for the campus' Canvas Pilot Initiative.

Presented by:
Angela Nickoli,
Instructional Technologist
Ball State University

Getting Students into iClicker

Whether you're using iClicker for the first time this fall or you're a veteran user, this webinar is for you! Former English instructor and faculty consultant Natalie Dougall will share pedagogical tips for introducing iClicker to your students and improving their learning outcomes throughout the term.

Presented by:
Natalie Dougall


Summer is an ideal time for curriculum planning and development. In this 30-minute on-demand webinar, Dr. Kate Biberdorf discusses how she plans and executes simple, active learning strategies into her classroom.

This webinar is ideal for anyone interested in learning and sharing new ideas and techniques to get students engaged and active in their own learning.

Dr. Kate Biberdorf was the recipient of the 2015 Natural Science Foundation Teaching Excellence Award as well as the recipient of the 2016 College of Natural Sciences Outreach Excellence Award. To learn more about Kate, visit her website.

Presented by:
Kate Biberdorf, PhD
The University of Texas at Austin

Polling in No Time

Want to bring in-class polling to your classroom but feel like there's just no time? Natalie Dougall presents ways you can incorporate polling without sacrificing your valuable class time or those lesson plans you’ve spent years perfecting. She also discusses ways in-class polling and quizzing can be used to save time, giving you even more freedom for instruction.

Presented by:
Natalie Dougall


Smart devices and laptops are an essential part of our day-to-day lives, but should they be part of the classroom?

At iClicker, we are fully committed to providing state-of-the-art hardware and mobile student response solutions. But we believe the decision on whether or not to allow mobile devices and laptops in the classroom lies with you, the educator. To help you consider the pros and cons of going mobile, we invite you to join three longtime faculty users, each with a different perspective.

Presented by (left to right):
Allison Soult, University of Kentucky
Mobile User

Leslie Hendrix, University of South Carolina
Mobile & Remote User

Edna Ross, University of Louisville
Remote User


With iClicker's Reef application, taking accurate attendance is now as simple as clicking a button.

Instead of using codes that can be shared, iClicker’s new attendance solution uses geolocation technology that recognizes if students are within range of the classroom when they “check in.” No more cheating—or voting from dorm rooms!

Experienced user Michael Shapiro, Professor at Georgia State University, and Kristina Treadway, iClicker Product Manager, showcase iClicker’s new attendance tool.

Presented by:
Michael Shapiro, JD
Georgia State University

Kristina Treadway
iClicker Product Manager


More and more, educators are bringing a “flipped” classroom approach to their courses to encourage student preparation before lecture and make class time more interactive. With all the buzz around flipped instruction, many wonder: How much work will it require? What are the best practices? What is the impact?

Professor Kevin Revell shared practical tips and tricks for building a flipped classroom to increase student engagement and improve learning.

Presented by:
Kevin Revell, PhD
Murray State University


Matt Evans, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, uses iClicker’s mobile solution, iClicker Reef, in his classroom–and the results have been remarkable. Across the board, his students have become better critical thinkers and more engaged learners.

Dr. Evans shares easy-to-implement ideas for putting iClicker Reef to work in the classroom, including how to:

        • Efficiently engage and poll students in class
        • Track student understanding
        • Address misconceptions
        • Encourage attendance
        • Break up the lecture
        • Give every student a voice

Presented by:
Matt Evans
Physics Professor
Univeristy of Wisconsin, Eau Claire


Leslie Hendrix, is an active learning guru. Join the discussion as she talks about engagement strategies and tools that are working in her courses–and how her students have responded to her active learning efforts. She’ll show you how easy it is to increase participation, confirm understanding, and measure student performance using iClicker's flexible active learning platform, iClicker Cloud.

Presented by:
Leslie Hendrix, PhD
University of South Carolina, Columbia

Techniques to Inspire Student Interaction in Your Classroom

Matt shares the various ways he implements iClicker Cloud at the University of Wisconsin, Eau-Claire. He'll cover how student response systems can dictate the pace and direction of your lecture, immediately evaluate student comprehension, and break up a class into smaller segments.

Presented by:
Matt Evans
Physics Professor
Univeristy of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Data-Driven Instruction: How to Optimize Student Analytics

Charles Rigdon and Eric Aldrich at the University of Missouri–Columbia are two seasoned, data-driven professionals who utilize a variety of technology tools to report on student success.

In this webinar, they will show you how they've used student response systems data and student retention software to track students' progression throughout their coursework. They will also discuss how those tools can measure student comprehension in individual courses and flag struggling students who need personalized support.

Presented by:
Charlie Rigdon and Eric Aldrich
University of Missouri

6 Simple Ways to Engage Students in Their Own Learning

Research shows that classrooms centered on active student participation consistently deliver increased learning gains while reducing achievement gaps. Deb Pires, PhD, knows this firsthand, having transformed her classroom at UCLA into a more active course with diverse learning exercises. In this session, she tells the story of that transformation, and how she integrated technology-based content with tech-free activities and in-class questions to elevate student learning outcomes. You'll come away with at least one new thing to try in your class!

Presented by:
Deb Pires, PhD
UCLA Department of Life Sciences Core Education