The Use of Interactive Classroom Experiments in Teaching

Keynes College

There are a few spaces available for staff members on the Learning and Teaching Network session below:-

The Use of Interactive Classroom Experiments in Teaching
Monday 26 March 2018
13.15 – 14.30, UELT Seminar Room Canterbury
Presented by School of Economics – Sylvain Barde, Edward Cartwright, Anna Stepanova

Classroom experiments have become an increasingly common way of teaching economics and other social sciences in an engaging and fun way. But, implementing an experiment in the classroom involves significant costs and this understandably deters many lecturers from using them. In this session we will discuss our experience running classroom experiments over many years and also chart progress on a recent project to develop experiments using o-Tree. o-Tree is new open-source software that allows for interactive experiments that can be performed easily on smartphones and laptops etc. This has the potential to revolutionize how we run classroom experiments because it allows for easy to run, quick, large scale interactions. For instance, an asset market, social dilemma or voting mechanism could be run in a large lecture theatre with instantaneous feedback on the overhead to inform learning. This is a step beyond existing classroom response systems. Students can also be given unique identifiers to participate in a number of experiments over the course of a module or degree program. 

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