students who answered incorrectly can be grouped with students who answered the question correctly. Learning Catalytics generates these matches automatically and then sends instructions to individual users on how to form groups. It might send an instruction to a student’s device saying, “Discuss your answer with Guthrie Andres, behind you.” After discussing, students can submit a second round of responses to show changes in understanding. After the professor closes a question, students can send a message to the professor if they still don’t understand.
These grouping features are notable because they make Learning Catalytics more than a simple response system. This is a system for managing student interactions, monitoring student understanding, and teaching using peer interaction.