SUCCESS STORY

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

“PointSolutions strengthens the relationship between the teacher and the learners.”
Nicolas Grandjean
Professor of Physics
EPFL
Customer
About
Located in Switzerland, the EPFL is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan science and technology institutions. It welcomes students, professors, and collaborators of more than 120 nationalities. EPFL works with an important network of partners, including other universities and colleges, secondary schools and gymnasiums, industry and the economy, political circles, and the general public with the aim of having a real impact on society.
MARKET
Higher Education
Echosystem Solution
PointSolutions

Engaging Large Classes with Ease

One of the fundamental truths about higher education is that larger class sizes mean less individualized attention and more chances for a student to get left behind. The EPFL solves this challenge with PointSolutions, allowing every student to check their understanding during class meetings while providing instructors with the evidence they need to determine appropriate pacing. EPFL professors also appreciate the software’s integration with Microsoft PowerPoint which makes live polling in the classroom a snap.

One of the fundamental truths about higher education is that larger class sizes mean less individualized attention and more chances for a student to get left behind. The EPFL solves this challenge with PointSolutions, allowing every student to check their understanding during class meetings while providing instructors with the evidence they need to determine appropriate pacing. EPFL professors also appreciate the software’s integration with Microsoft PowerPoint which makes live polling in the classroom a snap.

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Live polling allows instructors to collect real-time data on student performance, but many polling solutions compromise class flow. The EPFL relies on PointSolutions to seamlessly add live poll questions testing knowledge and conceptual understanding without obstructing the educational process.

Equity

Polling helps ensure that introverted students share their thoughts and opinions in class in a way they might not if forced to raise their hands to participate. Many EPFL instructors encourage class discussions before answers are submitted, and learners can compare their responses to the rest of the class to better understand their progress.

Engagement

EPFL students love the “clickers” used to participate in live polling with PointSolutions because they’re easy to use, driving audience participation and engagement to higher rates than seen with many competing classroom polling solutions. Participation through mobile phones and web browsers is also possible with PointSolutions.

Evidence

Many EPFL professors use poll questions to draw attention to common mistakes they see on exams. Instruction is more efficient as a result. In fact, most professors found that students don’t repeat these errors when preemptively alerted to them, providing strong evidence of student engagement’s positive effect on learning outcomes.

3 Key Takeaways

Pacing is Important

Relying on a lecture format for theoretical instruction is unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean that lectures have to dominate academic settings. EPFL professors utilize PointSolutions to stimulate students’ minds after explaining large blocks of information, creating an engaging experience that moves at the right pace.

Never Underestimate the Power of Real-Time Information

PointSolutions helps EPFL instructors understand where each student is on their educational journey, allowing them to intervene as necessary even when class sizes are often in the hundreds.

Intuitive Design Matters

PointSolutions is designed to be extremely accessible for both learners and instructors, ensuring that everyone can use the technology to its full potential. PowerPoint integration helps instructors keep using the educational materials they trust while students can choose the tool they prefer to use to interact with poll questions.
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