Clickers are student response technology that are used to get a quick idea of student’s understanding of a topic during a lecture. They have been used for quick quizzes at the beginning of class to avoid using paper and speed up grading.
At LUC, clickers have been used in Modern Languages, Biology, Fine Arts, Chemistry and Education, among other departments.
They can be used for:
- formative assessment
- stepping off point for discussion
- anonymous answers to sensitive questions
- student engagement – to increase participation
Some questions & comments that came up during the session:
- How to use them in areas like literature, history and theology, or with smaller groups?
- Students who aren’t comfortable speaking up in class are encouraged to participate by the anonymity of clickers.
- You can ease into clicker use and not commit lots of time by doing on-the-fly questions.