Uses and Benefits

Experience shows that the use of clickers transforms the classroom,  mostly in very positive ways. Student involvement increases. Students  are suddenly active participants in class, not merely passive listeners  to a lecture.

Planning your use

Clickers work in-class with multiple-choice questions, and effective  questions engage students in higher-level learning throughout a class  session. Consider what questions might work well and when to present  them. In addition to taking basic attendance, Clicker exercises can  help:

  • Quiz student knowledge and opinions at the beginning of a class
  • Quiz (or re-test) student knowledge and opinions after learning activities
  • Support peer instruction, wherein students discuss answers they gave to a question
  • Find gaps in a class's understanding of course material
  • Quiz students after a class

Showcase 1

Simon Lancaster's Keynote from Sheffield Hallam University's Learning & Teaching Conference 2015.

Prof. Simon Lancaster's keynote will chart progression from courses with  rushed superficial interaction with a select few students to almost  total engagement with conceptual problems. Simon practices what he  preaches! However, ultimately the key is not technology but pedagogy and  participants experience how peer instruction allows us to pose much  more challenging conceptual questions of ourselves and our students.  Simon advocates partnering students to move beyond flipping transmission  and constructivism to flip ownership of the learning experience.

Showcase 2

A  quick look inside Eric Mazur's class using peer instruction and clicker  questions to help the students understand scientific concepts.