• Jan Probst
  • Professor,
    Arnold School of Public Health

  • Grishma Bhavsar
  • Doctoral Candidate,
    Arnold School of Public Health

  • Details

  • Monday,
  • March 3, 2014
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence.


Our regulars tell us that they would like more opportunities to learn about technologies they can put to immediate use in their teaching. In less time than your usual lunch hour, this workshop will introduce two new tools that can transform your classroom: PechaKucha and PollEverywhere. This is a hands-on session, so bring your laptop or iPad—or call CTE to reserve one of our tablet computers.

Class presentations can be an important part of skill building, but few things are more soul crushing than sitting through a droning student recitation of sentences pasted into PowerPoint© and called a "presentation." The PechaKucha format, PK for short, forces students to use this standard tool in an innovative way. PK presentations are restricted to 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds, with minimal or no use of text. Reliance on the spoken word to convey meaning flips the "work" of the presentation away from the slide and back to the presenter. This session will (1) introduce the concept, (2) show real examples of PK products, and (3) provide tips for PK use in the classroom.

Come learn about PollEverywhere, an easy online audience response system, which can be used to ask questions and receive instant responses in a classroom setting. PollEverywhere provides a simple platform that eliminates difficulties in setup for professors and the cost of purchasing "clickers" for students. Students can submit answers by visiting a specific website, sending text messages to a specific code, or by using Twitter. This session will (1) introduce the online system, (2) discuss best practices, and (3) allow attendees to experiment with the technology.

About the Facilitators

Jan Probst is a professor in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health.

Grishma Bhavsar is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management at USC's Arnold School of Public Health. Grishma began using this feature while teaching 40 undergraduate students in Introduction to Healthcare Management.


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