SUCCESS STORY

The University of North Carolina Wilmington

PointSolutions definitely helps energize the class.
Rick Olsen
Professor and Department Chair of Communication Studies
The University of North Carolina Wilmington
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The University of North Carolina Wilmington is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research, and service. UNCW offers a powerful academic experience to stimulate creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion, and global perspectives.
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College professors have a ton of responsibilities and UNCW leverages PointSolutions to help them do their jobs more effectively. Rick Olsen uses PointSolutions polling capabilities in his communication studies classroom to drive student participation through low-stakes quizzing and formative assessments. If the class is divided on a question, the poll is used to jumpstart stimulating discussion. UNCW also uses PointSolutions to quickly take attendance, allowing instructors to intervene if a pattern of absences becomes apparent.

College professors have a ton of responsibilities and UNCW leverages PointSolutions to help them do their jobs more effectively. Rick Olsen uses PointSolutions polling capabilities in his communication studies classroom to drive student participation through low-stakes quizzing and formative assessments. If the class is divided on a question, the poll is used to jumpstart stimulating discussion. UNCW also uses PointSolutions to quickly take attendance, allowing instructors to intervene if a pattern of absences becomes apparent.

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PointSolutions wasn’t the first polling software tried at UNCW, but the institution found that other clickers were too cumbersome to use in class without disrupting the educational process. PointSolutions made it easy to collect real-time audience responses and act upon them.

Equity

PointSolutions provides multiple data points for every student even in large UNCW classes, helping instructors identify concerns and refer students to appropriate resources, no matter what size the class is.

Engagement

Today’s students aren’t interested in being lectured at, so UNCW leverages PointSolutions to ensure their opinions are heard. Whether this means philosophical debates or a group of students working together to discover the correct answer, allowing students to collaborate is sure to increase engagement in any classroom setting.

Evidence

Higher education typically revolves around high-stakes tests and research projects, meaning that students may not know they’re behind their peers until it’s too late. UNCW uses live polling and other tools to collect more than 40 data points on each student per class, ensuring that professors have all of the evidence they need to help learners pursue their full potential.

3 Key Takeaways

Real-Time Data is Powerful

PointSolutions provides real-time engagement scores letting UNCW professors know when classes are ready to move to the next topic or if a refresher might be needed. They can also solicit student feedback during class, allowing respondents to provide the information needed to improve presentations in the future.

Ease of Use is Vital

Olsen says, “I tried other clickers and they just didn’t work as seamlessly as I needed for me or the students. PointSolutions’ robust PowerPoint integration and data management was the key.” LMS integration also makes it easy to analyze poll responses and compare performance over time.

Rewards Are a Great Incentive

Positive reinforcement is a great tool for improving any student’s self-confidence, and UNCW professors offer a handful of participation points to encourage them to get even more out of the PointSolutions-enhanced in-class presentations. Instructors report that it really makes a difference!
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