Student Response Systems (Clickers)

Student Response Systems are wireless devices used for polling in face-to-face classes. These systems consists of a base unit (receiver), the hand-held clickers the students use, and the software to operate the system.

Faculty can use a SRS to:

  • Keep student's attention during a lecture
  • Engage students during a lecture
  • Promote discussion and collaboration during class
  • Encourage all students to participate in class
  • Monitor student understanding during class
  • Adapt teaching to immediate learning needs of students
  • Take attendance
  • Rapidly grade quizzes taken in class
  • Add some drama to class
Classroom Response Systems

Examples of classroom activities

  1. Take attendance. Students can use clicker to register present in class.
  2. Summative assessment. For example, multiple-choice quizzes.
  3. Formative assessment. Students can provide real-time feedback on their learning experience in your class.
  4. Discussion warm-up. Conditional teaching - Gauge students' understanding of lesson in real-time, so teacher can modify lesson plan if needed.
  5. Peer instruction. If there are a significant number of wrong answers on a question, students can discuss it with another student and re-submit their answers.
  6. Question-driven instruction. Lessons consist almost entirely of clicker questions. If students perform well on questions covering a topic, the instructor moves on to a new topic. If students perform poorly, the instructor asks more questions on it.