Technology Overview

Student Response Systems, or “clickers,” as they are referred to at RIT,  are wireless keypads that can be used to gauge the level of understanding from a large audience within seconds. Students may also use their mobile devices, tablets, or laptops as a clicker. The instructor creates question slides within a normal PowerPoint presentation, on a web page, with myCourses, or just asks the question out loud to the class. The students can use their keypad to "click in" with their answer or opinion. Once everyone has responded, the results of the class will appear on screen in a bar graph. Students can view quizzes later as flashcards and study aids.

Use Case and Benefits

  • Ability to actively engage the students during the entire class period, through survey, pretest, practice, or review questions. This encourages students to come to class prepared.
  • Gauge the level of understanding of the material being presented.
  • Track responses of an individual student for grading, attendance, and immediate assessment.
  • Promote collaboration with group exercises that require students to discuss and come to a consensus, or with quiz questions that create a healthy competition.
  • Increase communication by discussing the answers and opinions revealed in the SRS results.
  • Collect data for research or formative/summative evaluations.

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