Clickers

“Clickers” (the audience response system that can be used with a laptop and projector to do interactive surveys or quizzes in class) can be reserved from the following areas:

  • Carse – 30 clicker system – can be reserved from Laura Petersen or Tara Rehmeier
  • Carver – 65 clicker system & 30 clicker system – can be reserved from Becky Hastie
  • Dunn – 30 clicker system – can be reserved from the front desk
  • Mary Berry – 30 clicker system – can be reserved from Linda Sinclair
  • McNeill – 30 clicker system – can be reserved from Laura Davison
  • Wallace – 40 clicker system – can be reserved from Sarah Sloan

One or more clicker systems can be combined for larger classes if needed. Each clicker set has been marked with specific colored dots so we can easily combine and separate clicker systems when needed.

How do I use the clickers?

Reserve a clicker system from the building where you are teaching. You must have the Turning Point software installed. You can request information services to install the software, or you can download it yourself from Turning Technologies.

How do I get training?

Turning Technologies has a variety of tools available to help people learn to use the clickers.

Clickers can be used in a wide variety of ways to enhance student learning during class. You can learn about a variety of the options at Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching.

The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative has a set of short, helpful videos about best practices in using clickers to teach available.

Derek Bruff has written a wonderful book on using clickers entitle Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creative Active Learning Environments. Bruff also has a variety of resources available of resources available online. In his blog, Bruff regularly provides information about news, resources, and research about teaching with clickers. The entires are organized by activity (e.g., background knowledge probes, peer instruction, question trees, student-written questions), disciipline (including art history, biology, chemistry, economics, English, history), types of questions (e.g., application, conceptual, critical thinking, one-best-answer, prediction).

Question banks of clicker questions have been developed in a number of different disciplines including chemistry, geoscience, mathematics, philosophy, and physics.

You can also contact Information Technology Services or the Faculty Development Office for assistance.