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Activating learning with interaction tools

Activating learning involves interaction between lecturer and students in the classroom. It can include such activities as voting during lectures, brainstorming sessions, and interactive slides. We offer a number of tools to support you in creating more interaction in the classroom.

Votes during lectures

Voting boxes and feedback tools can be used to check whether students have understood the lecture materials or to get a real-time sense of the mood in the lecture hall. In 2022, the university started rolling out Wooclap: a tool for polls, quizzes, word clouds and creative interactive presentations. You can find all the latest information about Wooclap, including how to create an account and how to use it, on the Remote Teaching Support website. If you have any questions, you can also contact your faculty ICT support desk. (Please note: the university license for the online voting tool Presenterswall expired on 1 January 2023.)

Unlike voting boxes, online feedback tools depend on a live Internet connection and therefore require participants to have access to a mobile device (smart phone, tablet or laptop). If you wish to use of the feedback tools, please contact your ICT and Education coordinator.

Brainstorm with students

You can support a brainstorming session with a mind-mapping tool. A mind-map is a tree diagram consisting of concepts, texts, relations and/or images around a central theme. Via an online mind-mapping tool students can work together on a single mind-map. If you wish to know which mind-mapping tools your Faculty has to offer, please contact your ICT and Education coordinator.

Interactive slides

In addition to PowerPoint, there are many other ways to present your lesson materials. Some tools allow you to create your own infographics to present your lesson materials in a more visually attractive manner. The presentation tool Prezi often allows you to better express the coherence and structure of your materials than PowerPoint. If you wish to know how your Faculty can support you in creating more interactive slides, please contact your ICT and Education coordinator.

Active Learning Spaces

Students do so much more than listening alone. They also write, discuss and reflect. Active Learning Spaces are spaces designed to facilitate these processes. The goal is to promote interactive contact between students and lecturers by using more active teaching methods. One of the features of an Active Learning Space is flexibility. The atmosphere of the lecture hall contributes to this active learning process. An Active Learning Space is primarily developed for students and lecturers, but it can also be used for example for brainstorming sessions or training programmes.

If you wish to know what Active Learning Spaces are available at your Faculty, please contact your ICT and Education coordinator.

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