In More Students Using Personal Response Devices or ‘Clickers” moi said:
Trish Wilson of the Philadelphia Inquirer has a report on “clickers” or personal response devices which are becoming increasingly popular among an increasingly wired and tech savvy student population. In the article, Clicker Keeps College Students On The Ball which was reprinted in the Seattle Times, Wilson reports….
Duke University’s Center for Instructional Technology has a very good description of what a personal response device is.
In the article, Personal Response Systems the Center for Instructional Technology describes the personal response device.
The University of Washington is also using personal response devices.
Janet Schall, M.S., A.H.I.P. of the Health Sciences Library prepared a PowerPoint presentation of Student Assessment Using Clickers
Provided real-time assessment for instructors on student knowledge and progress
Gave instant feedback for students
Successfully encouraged active engagement, attentiveness, and class participation in class content through anonymity
Provided information for the content of future classes
Other reasons to use clickers
For orientations, can create template with basic questions that other instructors can use
Increase student attendance
Safe way for shy, unsure, or ESL students to participate in class
Training tool for scenarios and case studies to explore alternative solutions
The Value Of Clickers In
Library Instruction Assessment
Assess Background Knowledge
Assess Understanding of Concepts and Application of Critical Thinking Skills
Assess Teaching performance
Assess Students’ Perception of Session
Use of clickers is growing on college campuses.
Jacques Steinberg has an article in the New York Times which describes the growth in the use of personal response devices. In More Professors Give Out Hand-Held Devices To Monitor Students and Engage Them Steinberg reports:
If any of the 70 undergraduates in Prof. Bill White’s “Organizational Behavior” course here at Northwestern University are late for class, or not paying attention, he will know without having to scan the lecture hall.
Their “clickers” will tell him.
Every student in Mr. White’s class has been assigned a palm-size, wireless device that looks like a TV remote but has a far less entertaining purpose. With their clickers in hand, the students in Mr. White’s class automatically clock in as “present” as they walk into class.
They then use the numbered buttons on the devices to answer multiple-choice quizzes that count for nearly 20 percent of their grade, and that always begin precisely one minute into class. Later, with a click, they can signal to their teacher without raising a hand that they are confused by the day’s lesson.
But the greatest impact of such devices — which more than a half-million students are using this fall on several thousand college campuses — may be cultural: they have altered, perhaps irrevocably, the nap schedules of anyone who might have hoped to catch a few winks in the back row, and made it harder for them to respond to text messages, e-mail and other distractions.
In Professor White’s 90-minute class, as in similar classes at Harvard, the University of Arizona and Vanderbilt, barely 15 minutes pass without his asking students to “grab your clickers” to provide feedback
Though some Northwestern students say they resent the potential Big Brother aspect of all this, Jasmine Morris, a senior majoring in industrial engineering, is not one of them.
“I actually kind of like it,” Ms. Morris said after a class last week. “It does make you read. It makes you pay attention. It reinforces what you’re supposed to be doing as a student.”
Inevitably, some students have been tempted to see clickers as “cat and mouse” game pieces. Noshir Contractor, who teaches a class on social networking to Northwestern undergraduates, said he began using clickers in spring 2008 — and, not long after, watched a student array perhaps five of the devices in front of him.
The owners had skipped class, but their clickers had made it.
RelatedHow Clickers Work (November 16, 2010)
The goal is to increase participation in certain instructional formats. Besides, some folks have some type of technology attached to them 24/7 and this is another type of pacifier.
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