How Can PulsePress Help Me?
PulsePress offers a good option to help facilitate engagement and interaction in large classes. It provides an alternate way to facilitate classroom response activities through focused discussion and text based responses rather than multiple choice questions. As an in class tool, PulsePress can also be used as a classroom backchannel allowing students a space to post questions or comments in real time. In addition, PulsePress can be used to extend interactions beyond the classroom time by allowing students to go back after class and review or comment on the discussions.
- PulsePress is already a part of UBC blogs and available for any faculty member to use. It is integrated with UBC’s CWL authentication system and works with all of the privacy settings on UBC blogs to allow for varying levels of control over who has access to the site.
- Paul Cubbon in Sauder has used PulsePress effectively as part of his Comm 101 course by using it as part of a flipped classroom approach. Students watch videos online before coming to class and then class time is used for active learning and discussion. He issues challenges or questions to the class and then students break up into small groups to discuss the question before publishing their responses to the PulsePress site. For each question, a unique hashtag is used so that the discussion can be organized and filtered. Once students have posted, he scrolls through the feed along with the students, highlighting noteworthy comments and using the responses to initiate a large class discussion.