Learning Technology

Advent Calendar Day #23: The Communicube

December 23rd, 2010 at 09:12

Communicube faceWould you like to add some interactivity to your lectures and get instant feedback from students, but don’t want to have to learn a new technological tool?  Here’s a low-tech alternative to electronic personal response systems.

Stephen Bostock’s Communicubes are fold-up paper cubes which students rotate to show a different colour for every answer they could give (1 of 5 options). It’s got lots of advantages:

  • simple & cheap
  • easy to explain how to use
  • can be used anywhere with no need for internet access or special technology
  • partially anonymous


  • you do have to estimate results by eye
  • There’s no instant results graph so it’s difficult to show results or feed them back to the class.

See, e.g., “Communicubes: intermediate technology for interaction with student groups”, Stephen J. Bostock, Julie A. Hulme and Mark A. Davys, Keele University, UK http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/aa/landt/lt/docs/bostock-hulme-davys.pdf

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