AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 19 Astronomy Education
Oral, Monday, May 31, 2004, 10:00-11:30am, 706

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[19.02] On the Use of a Student Response System and Peer Tutors in Team Learning at the University of Kansas

S.J. Shawl (Univ. of Kansas)

The author has used peer tutors as an important component of his teaching of “Astro 101” since the late 1970’s. The ways in which the students in “Astro 101” gain from them, the ways in which the peer tutors themselves gain from the experience, and the ways in which the instructor benefits from the peer tutors will be briefly discussed.

A computerized student response system (specifically the HyperInteractive Teaching Technology system: www.h-itt.com) replaced a previously used analog system beginning in the spring 2003 semester. The system has been used both for graded group-based reading quizzes and for in-class questions during the class period. They have been integrated into class within a pedagogical model called “Team Learning,” which will be briefly described.

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