Classroom Response Systems

Classroom Response Systems at NAU

How do I find out more about clickers?

What are clickers? Clickers are "audience response systems." They are an instructional technology designed for large face-to-face classes to gather instantaneous feedback and keep students engaged. Each student holds a clicker, which is similar to a TV remote control. The instructor has an RF (radio frequency) receiver attached to his/her computer. When an instructor brings up a clicker question in his/her classroom presentation (ie. PowerPoint or Keynote slide) students "beam" their responses using the clickers and the responses are immediately tabulated and graphed on the instructor's computer. Using an LCD projector, the instructor can share the results with the class. The power of the clicker is that the student can give his/her opinion and compare responses to the group's without being singled out in front of the class. Instructors can use them to administer quizzes and tests, take attendence, learn whether the students are "getting it," inform students about how well they are doing in the class relative to their peers, and engage students with challenging questions in a large lecture class. Participation rates with clickers are very high and clickers allow instructors to gather large amounts of student data very quickly and frequently.

Clicker Adoption: Instructors should notify Tracy Tanner, NAU's sales representative from i>Clicker, of their intent to adopt clickers for their upcoming class and i>Clicker will send them a test kit. Instructors should also notify the NAU Bookstore of their intent to adopt the clickers (this is a similar process to textbook adoption) for their class. The bookstore clicker contact is Jill Christensen. Instructors who wish to notify i>Clicker, the NAU Bookstore, and e-Learning all at once can use this web form.

Student Pricing: Students will purchase an i>Clicker2 at the NAU bookstore for about $45.00. Clickers can also be purchased online. There are no additional charges for registration, and the license to use the i>Clicker is perpetual. Multiple students (roommates, for example) can share a clicker as long as they are not enrolled in the same class section and as long as they don't need to use it at the same time.

Registration: We hope to use Blackboard Learn to simplify the clicker registration process for students, which was always cumbersome with the old system. Students will log into Bb Learn with their NAU ID and password and will enter the clicker's serial number.

Software: Instructors can download the i>Clicker software from their website. You can download the latest updates to the clicker software from their Instructor Support page.

Training and support: e-Learning's Instructional Technologists and elc-help staff will provide all local faculty training and support for the clickers. View the upcoming workshop schedule for i>Clicker training at e-Learning. i>Clicker also offers its own training and support. The User GuidePDF also has lots of useful information.

Loaners: Sorry, but we don't have any clickers to loan out for classes or events. If you have a one-time or occasional need to poll your audience, we recommend a free or low-cost trial (depending on your needs) of the web-based Poll Everywhere product. With this product, you can use a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or a flip phone (with texting capabilities). All you need is wi-fi access or cellular service. Watch this 1-minute video for a quick demo.

Resources and Research on Clickers

Clickers in the Large Classroom: Current Research and Best-Practice Tips

Peer discussion improves learning with clickers.

Seven Things You Should Know About Clickers

Clicker Resources from the University of British Columbia

Clicker Resources from Vanderbilt University

Clicker Resources from the University of Colorado at Boulder

Audience Response System: Effect on Learning in Family Medicine Residents

Experiences of Using an Interactive Audience Response System in Lectures

Clicker Resources from Ohio State University

Elliot, C. (2003), Using a Personal Response System in Economics Teaching