Student Response System Transmitters or Clickers
Reading Quiz. The reading quiz will be graded and you will receive 100% credit if you submit the correct answer, 50% credit if you submit the wrong answer, and no credit if you don't submit an answer.. It will be available to be answered during the first three minutes of class and then will be turned off. If you are late to class and are not able to answer the question, you will receive no credit.
Conceptual Quizzes. The conceptual quizzes will be given throughout the lecture. The format is that the question will be posed, the student will be given a minute or so to answer the multiple choice question with no help. If more than 75% of the students submit the correct answer, we move on after a brief explanation by the professor.. If less than 75% of the class submit the correct answer, then students talk about the question with their nearest neighbors and try to come to a consensus. Then the students have another chance to choose the correct answer. Some percentage (to be determined) of your final grade will depend on the number of number and quality of responses given during the semester. We will give zero points for no response (which usually means you are either absent or asleep), but have not yet decided how much credit to give for a correct or incorrect answer (we propose 1 point for an incorrect answer and 2 points for a correct answer). The Student Advisory Committee will help us make that decision.
Grade Determination. We have not yet decided how to assign a grade for using the clickers. Let's assume that we give two points for all correct answers and that the total number of possible points for the entire semester is 300. We will give you a certain number of free misses (undecided as of now). We have not yet decided how to do this. For example, we could make a total of 200 points (out of the 300) be perfect or a 100% grade. That is, your grade for using the clickers, might be the percentage grade of dividing your total points by 200. For those earning more than 200 points, we cap your grade at 100%. This technique allows you a few class absences and misses.
Problems with Clickers. We will not consider somehow giving you credit or changing your clicker grade when any of the following happens: forgotten or stolen clicker, ineffective or somehow not working clicker, weak batteries, or anything else you can think of that results in your response not being recorded electonically. We account for these missed opportunities by giving you free misses as discussed in the previous paragraph. This is important. No allowances will be given to students who, for whatever reason, do not use their clicker in class. It is your responsibility to bring the clicker to every class and maybe even to have extra batteries. If you loose your clicker, you should obtain a new one ASAP and give your new transmitter number to your professor. You will loose all credit in the meantime.
Policy on coming to class late and missing the reading quiz! For whatever reason, you will receive a grade of zero if you do not respond to the reading quiz during the opening few minutes (usually 3) of the quiz. As soon as the time expires, you may not respond. It is the student's responsibility to be in class on time.
Policy on using someone else's transmitter. It will be considered an honor offense to use another student's transmitter in class. Any student who sees another student use two transmitters, for example, should challenge the student and report it as an honor offense.