SUCCESS STORY

The University of Arizona

ALL voices that want to be heard are heard.
Paul Blowers
University Distinguished and Full Professor
Chemical and Engineering, University of Arizona
Customer
About
The University of Arizona strives to transform the lives of students while solving the biggest challenges facing the state and the world. The educational institution adopts a unique approach to these goals by encouraging all students and faculty to live their purpose, mission, and values every day.
MARKET
Higher Education
Echosystem Solution
PointSolutions

Student Participation Is the First Step to Student Success

The University of Arizona is dedicated to helping every student succeed, but large class sizes can make it difficult for professors to track their progress. In his classroom, Paul Blowers uses PointSolutions to encourage student participation, promote self-efficacy, facilitate metacognitive training, and conduct formative assessments. Easy integration with PowerPoint and the ability to visualize responses in real-time is also essential in a classroom setting.

The University of Arizona is dedicated to helping every student succeed, but large class sizes can make it difficult for professors to track their progress. In his classroom, Paul Blowers uses PointSolutions to encourage student participation, promote self-efficacy, facilitate metacognitive training, and conduct formative assessments. Easy integration with PowerPoint and the ability to visualize responses in real-time is also essential in a classroom setting.

Echo360's e3 Formula in Action

The University of Arizona uses the suite of PointSolutions products to command attention and drive superior educational outcomes. It’s the ideal engagement tool because its Anywhere Polling capabilities allow questions to be inserted over any form of media.

Equity

UA uses PointSolutions products to ensure all students can voice their opinions in class. Engineering is a challenging academic discipline, and live polls are a great way for professors to discover struggling students before they fall too far behind their peers. Polling is also conducted anonymously, ensuring shy students never slip through the cracks.

Engagement

Polling is a guaranteed way to increase the energy in any academic setting. UA uses PointSolutions to ask comprehension questions during live class meetings. If the students are divided about 50/50, professors encourage them to discuss their answers with their peers. The result is a palpable buzz as all of the students try to figure out which half of the class was right and why.

Evidence

Traditionally, instructors are limited to the mid-term, final exam, and research paper as data points to evaluate student performance. UA uses the suite of PointSolutions products to collect dozens of data points per meeting, ensuring that instructors always have the evidence they need to intervene when a student starts falling behind.

3 Key Takeaways

Polling Increases Engagement Substantially

Students are far less likely to mentally tune out when polling is a regular component of class meetings. Paul Blowers, an engineering professor at UA, says, “No one has ever fallen asleep in my class now that we are doing polls constantly.”

Ease of Use

PointSolutions allows for audience response through clickers, mobile devices, and web browsers using an intuitive interface anyone can effectively utilize. UA instructors can also see and analyze all of the data collected easily.

There’s Always Room to Improve

Innovation is key, and it’s vital to experiment with the many different ways to use PointSolutions in concert with other Echosystem products to help you get more out of polls.
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