Flexibility and quality - the network conference on teaching in higher education

2013-05-13 - 2013-05-14

Dr. Roger Bergh from HiST gave a presentation at the network conference "Flexible learning - teaching in higher education", which was held in University of Agder, Kristiansand, on May 13th and 14th. More than 50 lecturers and researcers from higher education in Norway were present to see and hear about HiST's experiences from 4 - 5 years of actively using the HiST developed student response system (SRS). Many of the people present had both good and bad experiences themselves using different kind of both free and commersial response systems. During the discussion after the presentation, it was much appreciated that Dr. Bergh focused more on the pedagogical method rather than the technological solution itself.

Bergh based his presentation on experiences from teachers at HiST who have used the system regularly throughout 5 years and from research done by PhD-students at HiST. SRS methodology of physics teaching was the topic of a recent doctoral dissertation completed at the Faculty of Technology (Kjetil Liestøl Nielsen, 2012). This thesis studied how different SRS methodology affects student participation and engagement, and focused particularly on the use of so-called "peer instruction," which is a methodology that Harvard professor Eric Mazur has been a pioneer for. Several of the conference partisipants were familiar with Mazur's work.

SRS 2.0, PELE 1.5, Eval 1.0 and iLike 1.0 are available for use.