Clickers in the Classroom
What are clickers?
In a classroom setting, clickers are the wireless remote transmitters students use to answer questions posed by faculty during a PowerPoint presentation. A student can use a clicker to respond individually or as a member of a group.
Clickers are part of an Audience Response System (ARS) which includes the software and hardware necessary to create questions and collect responses from audience members. At BCC, we adopted TurningPoint, an audience response system (ARS) developed by
Why use clickers?
According to the Center for Education Research and Evaluation at Colombia University’s Medical Center:
The clickers, as part of an Audience Response System, can be used to:
- Help monitor student understanding of material covered in a lecture
- Expose and clarify student’s misconceptions
- Promote interactivity and discussion in large group case-based learning
- Elicit and discuss diverse points of view when there is no correct answer (e.g. ethics)
- Test whether students complete assigned reading
- Conduct quizzes, exams, and surveys
- Take attendance
- Provide immediate feedback on the value of the learning session
- Facilitate “peer instruction”
Who is using it?
Here are some of the colleges and universities across the country which adopted TurningPoint clicker technology for classroom instruction:
- University of Washington
- University of Utah
- Rutgers University
- Vanderbilt University
- University of Northern Iowa
- Thomas Jefferson University
- Iowa State University
- University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
- University of Alaska
- Leeward Community College
- University of Maryland
- North Carolina State University
- Western Kentucky University
- Duquesne University
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