MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

Using Softchalk to Increase Immediacy by Embedding Pop-Ups in Student Handouts

By: Richard Lahti, Ed.D.
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Physics & Astronomy

Friday, Feb. 28
3-3:50 p.m.
325 Hagen Hall

Softchalk is a program that allows faculty to create interactive lessons and upload them to a learning management system (such as D2L). Softchalk is often used to make PowerPoint lectures more interactive by asking the viewer to answer embedded questions every few slides to make sure they are processing the information. Recently, I have begun using Softchalk to embed questions directly into the directions for student activities, which has potential to address some problems which may occur with both face-to-face and online classes.

Quiz poppers address these problems in 2 ways:
1. By using quiz poppers to explicitly question students about procedural choices, and by providing programmed feedback based on their response, students can self-correct some of their procedural problems as well as determine when more help is needed.
2. By using quiz poppers in data analysis steps, it is possible to make sure that students are getting the main point of the activity before they move on to the next part.

Examples, successes, and potential problems will be presented. There will also be an example lesson available for you to work on, so please BYOD (bring your own device) and make sure to submit your Dragon ID to lahtiri@mnstate.edu so he can add you to the “course.”