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
Examples of classroom activities
- Take attendance. Students can use clicker to register present in class.
- Summative assessment. For example, multiple-choice quizzes.
- Formative assessment. Students can provide real-time feedback on their learning experience in your class.
- Discussion warm-up. Conditional teaching - Gauge students' understanding of lesson in real-time, so teacher can modify lesson plan if needed.
- 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.
- 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.