Voting Response Systems
The ability to gauge your students’ understanding in a quick and anonymous manner can be a powerful tool, particularly in large lecture formats. Personal response sets, Voting Response Systems or “clickers‟ can help build a sense of connection between you and your students. With easy-to-use audience response software, you can apply clickers in a range of ways in lectures and workshops, allowing you to adjust your approach in response to student feedback.
Student feedback on clickers
“I feel they really add something to the lectures and workshops, making them much more interactive. They allow you to check your understanding in a lecture. They are fun and breed healthy competition with classmates.”
Connecting in the classroom with clickers
The Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health and the Department of Economics are making extensive use of personal response sets or “clickers” for feedback, promoting student engagement in lectures and attendance monitoring purposes.
In the Department of Economics, for example, clickers have been issued to all Level 1 students, providing valuable and immediate feedback. Students are asked to answer questions on the material just covered. Depending on the results of the feedback, a more detailed explanation can then be given if responses suggest poor understanding.
The advantage in the large classroom setting is to not only to allow you to make sure that your students understand but they can also generate discussion among classmates and ensure participation from all students.
Some key administrative steps to consider in implementing and using clickers:
- When do you intend to implement them?
- What support do you need from CiCS and how will you train staff?
- How will you register and distribute the units?
- What departmental support do you need?
Clickers: Opportunities and Challenges Click 10a to download
Presentation by Dr Trish Murray (Engineering), Dr Anthony Rossiter (Automatic Control and Systems Engineering - ACSE) and Dr George Panoutsos (ACSE) at the 6th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2012
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