How to Promote Interactivity During a Lecture: A Live Survey for Undergraduates

Interactivity is an essential part of engaging students in a lecture setting, especially for undergraduates. To keep undergraduates attentive and actively participating, one great way to promote interactivity is through a live survey. A live survey during a lecture can be an effective way to gauge student understanding and ensure that the lecture material is being properly absorbed. In this blog post, we will discuss how to use a live survey to promote interactivity during a lecture meant for undergraduates.

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The Problem, the Solution and its benefits

A problem is that lectures can become extremely boring for undergraduates because it lacks participation. Students become disinterested in the topic at hand as a result. A great way to promote interactivity and engage undergraduates in a lecture is by using a live survey. Live surveys allow students to provide instant feedback on their understanding of the material, while also engaging them in the lecture.

Live surveys can be implemented in multiple ways, depending on the lecture topic and audience size. For example, a small group lecture could use a poll-style survey that allows each student to give an individual response. At the same time, a larger group lecture could use a multiple-choice survey that aggregates responses from the entire class.

The benefit of using live surveys during lectures is that it allows for instant feedback and encourages discussion among students. This can help instructors gauge students' understanding of the material and quickly adjust the lecture as needed. It also encourages active participation from students, providing a much more interactive learning experience.

How to conduct a live survey?

Here are the steps for conducting a live survey with online software:

  1. Choose your survey platform: There are a variety of free or low-cost survey platforms available, such as Sendsteps and Google Forms.

  2. Create your survey: develop questions that will give you useful insight into your students’ opinions, understanding, and experiences. Be sure to keep your survey short and focused.

  3. Share the survey link: you can share the survey link with your students via email, social media, or post it in your online course environment. Make sure the link is easy to access and understand.

  4. Collect responses: once students have submitted their answers, the survey platform will automatically collate the results. Review the results to get an understanding of how your students responded.

  5. Discuss the results: use the survey results to encourage discussion in class. Ask questions and guide the conversation to deepen student engagement.

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