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A 50 (or 60 or 70) -minute lecture is inherently incompatible with the typical attention spans of students. The author has developed a teaching technique that successfully re-captures attention in the classroom. The technique, loosely based on a popular prime-time game show, consists of quizzing a student "on the spot" while allowing a "life-line" of polling the audience for help. The game is enjoyable for students and professor alike, but also allows review, clarification, and reinforcement of concepts. The technique is effective while only requiring minimal preparation and lecture time to be implemented.
Carpick, Robert W., "Who Wants to be an Engineer? - Or Better Teaching Through Game Shows" (2002). Departmental Papers (MEAM). 101.
Date Posted: 11 July 2007
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