Dr. Ambikai: How ClassPoint Creates Continuity in my Classroom

Sara Wanasek

Sara Wanasek

Dr. Ambikai: How ClassPoint Creates Continuity in my Classroom

Dr. Ambikai S Thuraisingam is a Senior Law Lecturer at Taylor’s University in Selangor, Malaysia. She has been an avid ClassPoint user since August 2020. Below is her take on how ClassPoint has transformed the engagement in her classroom this past year.

In 2020, the World Economic Forum has published a report on the unprecedented granularity of the virtuoso skills needed for the future business world. The prodigy skills include analytical thinking, innovation, active learning, and learning strategies, complex problem solving, and critical thinking. As the work is changing so rapidly, law lecturers grapple with the most challenging task to ensure that the law students are equipped with the aptness and competence to cope and maneuver the learning process, in spite of teaching and learning conducted online in times of COVID-19 pandemic. ClassPoint has helped us achieve these skills and continue to equip our students with skills to lead to a successful future.

How the ClassPoint Journey Began

The new journey to remote learning raised trepidation amongst the law students, particularly the new students entering their first day of university life on an online platform. Lecturers have shared their struggles to teach virtually due to various constraints such as students not switching on their webcam, students not being motivated to learn online, having difficulties teaching critical and analytical skills, and having less engagement or interactivity in online classes to name a few. These difficulties led us to begin using ClassPoint as an initiative to innovate the delivery of law modules in online classes.

ClassPoint’s Effect in the Postgraduate Classroom

The postgraduate students perceive ClassPoint as fun learning.  It improves classroom dynamics as the tool provides students with real-time feedback of their performance which allows for adapting teaching activities based on students’ responses to the multiple-choice, word cloud, and short answer questions. Time constraints are minimal as ClassPoint collates and aggregates individual responses to questions within minutes. Therefore, teachers can focus on designing questions, administering the quiz, and, afterward, facilitating discussion about the (in)correct answers. Below are the major ways that using ClassPoint has affected the postgraduate classroom.

1. Increases Participation

The variety of simplified assessments available such as multiple choice and short answer questions, create great inspiration among students to participate during the sessions. They remark that this enhances their level of understanding of the topic that is being taught.

2. Increases Enthusiasm

The students portray great eagerness to be involved in a particular activity and enjoy the competitive environment that’s created to answer questions accurately.

3. Increases Skills

ClassPoint enables students to enhance their creativity, imagination, reasoning, and critical analytical skills. In addition, ClassPoint has led to more positive mindsets and behaviors in students, especially while online learning.

4. Leads to a better learning experience

When students are being taught online, ClassPoint has made them feel more motivated, stimulated, and inspired.

5. Adds emotion to online classes

While online learning, students are able to utilize emotional intelligence during ClassPoint questions and discussions after the questions were completed.

What Students Think of ClassPoint

A research was conducted to assess the effectiveness of the adoption of ClassPoint in Year 2 August, 2020 students, at Taylor’s University and it was found that ClassPoint improves law students’ analytical thinking skills, creative and critical thinking skills. The law students also felt that ClassPoint improves their abilities to be innovative and it also enables them to use their imagination. The research also reveals that ClassPoint develops law students’ evaluation and reasoning skills. Overall, the law students enjoyed the use of ClassPoint as it does increase their interactions within the scope of the borderless learning environment.  

QuestionPercentage of those who strongly agreed/agreed Percentage of those who were neutral Percentage of those who strongly disagreed/disagreed 
I feel using ClassPoint in virtual class improve my analytical thinking skills 53.4% 18.3%28.3%
I feel using ClassPoint in virtual class develops my analysis skills 51.6% 21.7%26.6%
I feel using ClassPoint in virtual class improve my critical thinking skills 53.3% 25%21.6%
I feel using ClassPoint in virtual class develops my reasoning skills 55% 25%20%
I feel using ClassPoint in virtual class develops my evaluation skills 60%20%20%
I feel using ClassPoint in virtual class improve my creative skills 48.3% 25%26.7%
I feel using ClassPoint in virtual class improve my ability to be innovative 53.3%23.3%23.3%
I feel using ClassPoint in virtual class enables me to use my imagination 36.7%38.3%25%
I feel using ClassPoint in virtual class develops my willingness to learn70%13.3%16.6%

How ClassPoint Adds Value for Teachers

  • No special IT skills required
  • Easy to Download
  • Integrates right within Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Keeps track of student’s progress and performance over time
  • Used in both physical classrooms and virtual classrooms

How ClassPoint Adds Value for Students

  • Encourages interactive learning
  • Allows students to explore, experience, & learn to make mistakes
  • Motivates student’s to be more imaginative, resilient, & creative
  • Leads students to become active learners
  • Inspires students to be resourceful in innovative learning
Sara Wanasek

About Sara Wanasek

Sara Wanasek is a PowerPoint expert with a deep understanding of education technology tools. She has been writing for ClassPoint for over 3 years, sharing her knowledge and insights in educational technology and PowerPoint to teachers. Her passion extends beyond writing, as she also shares innovative ideas and practical presentation tips on ClassPoint's YouTube channel. If you are looking for innovative ideas and practical tips to elevate your presentations as well as the latest trends in educational technology, be sure to check out it out for a wealth of insightful content.

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