What did my first year students think about all of this? I asked them to fill in a questionnaire, which 39 of them did. Although statistics are meaningless here, there…
Mentimeter has recently become available at Leiden – an online ‘quiz-tool’ which allows the lecturer to quiz and poll students during a lecture. This seems especially useful for bigger lecture series where there are 20+ students participating; however, smaller groups might also take advantage.
I have tested Mentimeter for the first time during the first lecture of the series ‘Life is short: death in the ancient world’. Around 50-60 students turned up, which made this lecture a perfect opportunity to see if Mentimeter is useful. My first reaction was very positive: Mentimeter really allowed me to interact with this big group of students.
How did this work in practice? When starting the lecture, I first introduced some ‘practice questions’ which allowed the students to get used to Mentimeter. My questions were: are you a History, Classics, or minor student (multiple choice); do you have any questions related to the practical matters related to this lecture series (open question)? Not all students were ready to answer this question because they had to find out how Mentimeter works. However, the response was as follows: