Will Thalheimer: The Learning Benefits of Questions

Today, we feature the latest from Dr Will Thalheimer, the long-respected instructional design expert and contemporary education blogger on education best-practice (www.willatworklearning.com).

Will has just re-issued his ground-breaking 2003 tome “The Learning Benefits of Questions: Research to Practice.”  As he points out: ” Questions still rock, the research is still sound, and you will still get great value from this paper’s concepts! “

Among many other activities, Will also maintains AudienceResponseLearning.org, a web site dedicated to improving learning outcomes through audience response techniques.  Visitors to that site will find his report Questioning Strategies for Audience Response Systems: How to Use Questions to Maximize Learning, Engagement, and Satisfaction.   To quote Will on why you should read it:

“I continue to maintain this website because I am concerned that people sell and see audience response technology as a quick fix to maintain learner interest. While interest may be temporarily raised, if this is all you do with audience response technology, you are committing educational malpractice. The research report will give you a much deeper insight into the many ways that well-designed audience response learning can support deep and meaningful learning.”

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