Tracking individual student scores using zappers

April 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Posted in hands-on | Leave a comment
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In this university, tutors using zappers distribute the handsets randomly at the start of the lecture. This means that students vote anonymously, which can be a real advantage since it enables more honest answers and ensures that feedback from the tutor is personal and formative – only they know whether they got the question right or wrong.

However, sometimes it might be useful to use zappers to run summative assessments in-class, and my latest screencast show how to achieve this. The tutor needs to create a list of the students’ names which Turning Point can use. During the session, the names on the list are displayed on-screen ten at a time, and students press the matching button when they see their name. This links each handset ID to a specific student and enables their scores to be tracked and recorded.

The tutor also needs to ensure that the questions have scores; each answer choice can have a different score depending on ‘how right’ it is, and negative scoring for incorrect answers is also possible.

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