Live Question Tool is a web-based service that lets audience members at a presentation post questions for the speaker. As questions are added, other participants can submit comments and cast votes for the questions they hope to see answered first. Live Question Tool offers an opportunity to constructively rethink the lecture. Like student response systems, the Live Question Tool helps build interactivity into the lecture, providing a backchannel for conversation and inquiry and allowing student to help shape the class discourse. Live Question Tool and other interactive applications are changing the nature of lectures and presentations. These applications, which push tools from physical spaces into the online arena, create a new middle ground for instruction that is collaborative and participatory.
The "7 Things You Should Know About..." series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.
In addition to the "7 Things You Should Know Aboutâ€¦" briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution. To learn more, please visit the ELI Resources page.