Automatic pacing for question delivery

When you enable automatic pacing for a course in the course's Settings, Learning Catalytics manages the timing of question delivery in Instructor-Led Synchronous sessions after you click Deliver for the first question in the session. The goal is to free you from having to manage this aspect of classroom delivery.

Note: Automatic pacing for Instructor-Led Synchronous sessions is recommended only after you're comfortable using Learning Catalytics in class.

Students in asynchronous online courses benefit from the same technology when you use Automated Synchronous sessions. You do not need to enable automatic pacing in the course's Settings for this to happen.

Pacing based on student response times

Some questions require more response time than others, and Learning Catalytics dynamically adjusts the time available based on the pace of student responses.

When a question first becomes available, Learning Catalytics displays an elapsed-time ("count up") timer for students. Learning Catalytics watches how quickly responses come in, and predicts how much additional time is needed for the vast majority of students to respond.

At that point, the "count up" timer switches to a "count down" timer that displays the remaining time.

Note: Students see these timers as follows:

  • On the classroom-projected Student Window in Instructor-Led Synchronous sessions
  • On their devices in Automated Synchronous sessions

Intelligent grouping and redelivery

When time for a question expires, Learning Catalytics uses the percentage of students who responded correctly in Round 1 to determine whether the class would benefit from peer instruction by discussing the question in small groups.

  • If less than 30% or more than 70% of students responded correctly, students see the results graph as if you had selected Show all results.

  • If between 30% and 70% of students responded correctly, students are automatically placed into groups, as if you had selected Assign Groups. Students discuss their responses and then respond to Round 2 of the same question, with smart "count up" and "count down" timers appearing again. After Round 2, students see the results graph, regardless of response percentages.

Note: The 30% and 70% default thresholds are recommended, but you can adjust these values and other grouping settings in course Settings.

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