How Can PulsePress Help Me?
PulsePress facilitates classroom engagement and interactions in large classes by allowing students to respond in real time to lecture material and instructor prompts through focused discussions and text based answers. It also works as a type of classroom backchannel, providing a space for students to post questions or comments on any aspect of the course. Students can even use the PulsePress site to review or contribute to discussions after class ends, extending course interactions beyond the temporal and spatial confines of the classroom.
- As a part of UBC blogs, PulsePress is integrated with UBC’s CWL authentication system and makes use of privacy settings that allow for customized control over course site access.
- Paul Cubbon in Sauder uses PulsePress as part of a flipped classroom approach to his Comm 101 course. Students watch videos online before coming to class and use class time for active learning and discussion. In lecture, Cubbon issues challenges or questions which students discuss in small groups, before publishing their responses to the PulsePress site. Each question has a unique hashtag so the discussion can be organized and filtered. Once students have posted, Cubbon scrolls through the feed along with the students, highlighting noteworthy comments and choosing responses to initiate a larger class discussion.