They’re here! The Center for Teaching and Learning has just purchased three sets of classroom clickers that can be checked out for use in your classes.
“What are clickers and why should I use them?” you ask. That is the topic of the next Tech Cafe session on November 24th from 11:45 to 12:45 in the CTL.
Clickers (also known as Personal Response Systems) are small credit card-sized devices that record and transmit student responses to your computer. Clickers have the potential to provide immediate feedback to both you and your students on what they understand.
Here are a few examples of how they can be used in a class:
- As a mid-lecture quiz question to see if the students understand the concept just presented
- To generate discussion around a question response.
- As a support for Peer Instruction classroom methods
- To reveal misconceptions so that students are attentive to the material to be presented.
At the Tech Cafe session we will have the opportunity to try these and other methods. The CTL library also has Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments,by Derek Bruff, a leader in the field.