[LON-CAPA-users] in-class polling system

Lucas, Mark lucasm at ohio.edu
Sat Aug 10 19:22:35 EDT 2019


I do not know of anyone who has used the system for in-class polling, though some of us
think about it periodically.

There are three issues that could be issues as far as I have thought about it:

* There is some caching of parameters, so a quick change of parameters might not take
hold for as long as ten minutes, at least in older times.

* It can take a bit of time to get results as an instructor, especially as the term progresses
and the course becomes more loaded with evaluation data.

* If your class is very large, there can potentially be load issues, just as one needs to be
a little careful with exams directly on LON-CAPA.

Hope this helps. It may be that someone has found some workarounds for the issues.
I would certainly be interested in hearing.

As for OpenStax, we are also using OpenStax for both the Algebra-based and the Calc-based
sequences. Are your problems published systemwide and if so, what is the folder?
Hon-Kie has the problems from the Algebra-based phyiscs text coded down at Florida


> On Aug 9, 2019, at 7:53 AM, Moore, Nathan T <nmoore at winona.edu> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have used loncapa for University Physics homework assignments for a few semesters.  I have coded in a fair number of openstax problems.
> Locally, a number of people use Top Hat for in-class polling (Think-pair-share) questions.  Think Eric Mazur, “Peer Instruction”.  The format is something like 3-5 conceptual-ish homework questions that students answer, discuss, answer again, discuss again, etc.  
> This isn’t the standard way that I use loncapa and I’m wondering if loncapa has something like an in-class polling preset?  Do any of you use the system in this way? 
> Nathan
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> Nathan Moore, PhD
> Professor, Physics Department
> Winona State University
> Winona, Minnesota
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