We have been experimenting with the use of Mentimeter this semester – my previous post already indicated I was planning to use Mentimeter throughout the term. I have done so, and I am quite positive about the experiment. The use of Mentimeter gave me the opportunity to check if students had understood my main point, but also – and perhaps more importantly – to interact with the group (of 50 students) a bit better. I should like to illustrate this by providing some examples from various lectures:
So although I am positive, as always, there are some issues to take into consideration. Most importantly, students do tire of having to get out their phone and answer your questions. At first, it is of course a novelty – however, during the third lecture I did notice that some people were sighing when I announced a Mentimeter poll. ..they clearly preferred just to listen. During the last lecture, there were around 50 people in the audience but not everyone cared to respond, as shown by this poll about whether or not I should continue the use of Mentimeter:
My solution has been to use Mentimeter sparingly and only when it was really useful – see the examples provided above.