Registration is now open for NTC spring classes! The NTC will be teaching PubMed® for Trainers in Houston, TX; Chapel Hill, NC; and Chicago, IL. TOXNET® and Beyond will be taught in Houston and Chicago. See the NTC class schedule and register now!
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I can hear myself say it…Any questions?
From Elliott Masie’s Learning Trends blog: 9 seconds – The number of seconds between the time an instructor asks a question and the next sound that they make! Unfortunately, most teachers ask, “Any questions?” and, in less than 3 seconds, start to speak again.” It takes a learner many seconds to recognize that you have stopped teaching and asked for a question, review what you said, evaluate what they would like to ask, formulate the question, raise their hand and then ask it! Not possible in 3 seconds!! Masie suggests to extend your wait time to at least 9 seconds in order to give learners a chance to formulate a question and respond.
During recent in-person classes, the NTC trainers tried out a free online polling tool called Poll Everywhere. We polled the class participants with multiple choice questions to check understanding of concepts during class, as well as presenting an open ended text question to gather comments from the class. Participants can respond to the poll through a text message on their cell phone or through a web browser. Most of the NTC class participants used the web browser method since they were already sitting at a computer.
Overall we found Poll Everywhere easy to use; question set up was simple. The presenter can control whether the participants see the poll results immediately or wait until the voting is completed. During our recent classes, Poll Everywhere generally worked without problems; we had one glitch with the results of an open-ended question appearing immediately, but that may have been due to a network issue in the teaching facility. If you plan to have participants send a text message response, you may need to explain the procedure; we found the text message instructions for the open-ended question to be confusing.
We received good feedback from participants in the classes; told us they liked using the polling program and asked us for information about the program we were using.
Poll Everywhere is free for up to 30 responses per poll (you can have as many polls as you like). Larger classes would require purchasing a monthly plan. In summary, we have had good results with Poll Everywhere and think it’s worth a look for use with in-person classes.
The new PubMed® for Trainers class is a hands-on course that consists of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions in four sessions, with independent work before or after each session. The course will consist of three 1.5 hour online sessions and a six-hour in-person session. The class is eligible for 12 hours of MLA CE credit.
Registration is open for the PubMed for Trainers class from October 5 – 26, 2011; the in-person session will be taught at NLM in Bethesda, MD. Watch this space for announcements of future PubMed for Trainers classes to be taught around the country in 2012!
For more details about the new class, as well as other NTC happenings, see the NLM Technical Bulletin article published on September 13, 2011.
Join us for in-person PubMed® and TOXNET® and Beyond classes this fall in the following cities: Seattle, WA (September 15-16); St. Louis, MO (September 20); Worcester MA (October 6); Bethesda, MD (October 21); and New York, NY (October 27-28). To register for the classes, visit the class schedule page.