Generally, and with a few cynical reservations, I’m a fan of clicker systems (EVS) as a way of encouraging a bit of engagement in large classes. If provoked, I’m prepared to trot out the standard line about active learning and peer instruction, with some confidence that at least some of it is moderately true.
Today I was speaking informally to a first-year student about EVS. He explained happily that he quite liked it as a form of feedback, “because you just have to take an educated guess, then the lecturer tells you what the answer was going to be anyway”.
Is this “active learning in a large class”? I’d like to think so, but I rather fear it isn’t. Is it at least a better rut for this student’s lectures to have drifted into than the traditional notes-and-doze? I honestly don’t know.