Why It Works
A knowledge check can:
- reveal and quickly address learning misconceptions and illusions of learning
- provide the opportunity to regain student attention during long lectures
- improve long term retention via the “testing effect”
- Pose a question to the entire class.
- Collect answers from all students by clickers, voting cards, or show of hands.
- Frame your response to the level of student understanding.
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Content Description: Read this for more detail about how to implement knowledge-check questioning during lectures.
- Wolff, M., Wagner, M. J., Poznanski, S., Schiller, J., Santen, S. (2015). Not Another Boring Lecture: Engaging Learners With Active Learning Techniques. The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 48(1), 85-93.
Content Description: This article describes the positive impact of knowledge-check questioning on student learning. Though the authors used clickers, these questions could also be answered using a show of hands.
- Mains, T.E., Confrancesco, J., Miller, S. M., Shah, N.G. & Goldberg, H. (2015 ). Do questions help? The impact of audience response systems on medical student learning: a randomised controlled trial, Postgraduate Medical Journal, 91, 361-367.