Classroom Response Systems (Clickers)
What is a Classroom Response System?
A Classroom response System is an instructional technology tool that promotes active learning in the classroom. Components of the system are a proprietary software application that is installed on the facilitator's computer, a wireless receiver, and hand-held transmitters, which resemble a television remote control. The transmitters allow students to respond individually to multiple choice or yes/no questions by pressing a button that corresponds to the intended answer. Answers are recorded and analyzed and can be displayed on the facilitator's computer screen. The CRS can be set in a known mode, which links responses to specific individuals, or in an anonymous mode.
What are the pedagogical benefits of using a Classroom Response System?
- Creates a fun, interactive learning environment
- Allows you to assess student comprehension of the material
- Improves student attentiveness
- Increases retention of the material covered in class
- Encourages peer instruction in your lectures
- Allows immediate feedback and reinforcement
- Facilitates monitoring of students’ progress
- Encourages participation of shy and withdrawn students
- Provides a mechanism for 100% class participation
How does a Classroom Response System facilitate the mechanics of my teaching?
- Provides an easy way to check attendance
- Records student answers automatically
- Provides prompt automatic grading of tests and quizzes
- Allows anonymous polls and surveys
- Displays immediate results of polls and survey
- Permits gathering of data for reporting and/or analysis
How do I get started using a Classroom Response System?
Currently there is no university-wide system for using a Classroom response System. Each academic unit is responsible for purchasing the system. For consultations on recommended systems, costs and installation, contact Teaching and Technology Services at 803-777-6015.