Just-in-Time Teaching

Just-in-time teaching overview

Just-in-time teaching actively engages students in learning new material and gives the instructor information on students’ existing knowledge before teaching on the topic begins.

First, students respond to a Web-based set of questions, usually open-ended thought questions or exercises, about new material before it is covered in class.  After reviewing student submissions, the instructor adjusts teaching activities to meaningfully address student shortcomings and misconceptions – just in time in the learning process. 

Through these warm-up questions and exercises, students and instructors are primed for a more productive instructional experience.    In-class and out-of-class learning activities become more interwoven and pertinent, enhancing learning for students whatever their initial level, motivating active learning, and improving classroom climate.   

This interactive technique also provides baseline assessment of the state of students’ initial understanding of the content to be learned, including misconceptions.  Such baseline information can be compared to similar information after instruction not only to assess individual student learning, but especially the effectiveness of instruction.

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