Student Response Systems Technology, shortened to SRS technology, provides instructors with a way to enhance student participation. Clickers, the predominant “face” of SRS technology, is a hand-held remote control device that allows for anonymous responses to questions posed by the instructor. Using the remote device, students press a button that corresponds to their responses to a screen-projected multiple-choice question. The class distribution of responses are then displayed. Considerable research in the use of SRS has been done in economics, physics, and engineering. Current research mainly concentrates on student participation, student engagement, student course perceptions, and exam/assessment performance changes.
Studies providing evidence of the advantages of Clicker use show:
There are also studies providing evidence of no correlation between Clicker use and
Continued research is still needed to determine if Clickers combined with other active learning techniques have a greater impact on summative assessment performance. For a more detailed literature review, read Kay & LeSage, Examining the benefits and challenges of using audience response systems, and Mula and Kavanagh, Click Go the Students, Click-Click-Click.
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Feedback on student understanding of lecture; insertion of humor; and homework preparation.
Get Help. The ATCS at Sacramento State has several resources including a Clicker setup guide and FAQ site. Visit the ATCS Clickers site here. Sacramento State Faculty: Request a Free Professor Start Up Kit.
Best Practices. The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s Learning Technology Center provides several resources on understanding and using Clickers. For further information on using Clickers, visit UW SRS Project Guides and Manuals. For information on UW’s Best Practices, visit UW SRS Project Best Practices.
More Discussion. Derek Bruff, Assistant Director at the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and a senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt University has a dedicated blog on teaching with classroom response systems. Visit his blog here.
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