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Clickers in the classroom

Published: 2011-02-16

Central Michigan University Professor Michael Garver originally had some reservations about the use of clickers in the classroom, but it was the positive response from students that persuaded him to incorporate the devices into his curriculum.

Garver, who took part in a panel discussion with Fisher faculty members on December 1, said his students enjoyed the interaction with the hand-held devices. The clickers allowed students to become more engaged in classroom lectures.

Clickers allow instructors to easily ask questions, receive student answers and display survey results in the classroom in real-time. Fisher faculty members have used the remote control devices in a variety of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Thirty nine percent of Fisher undergraduate students indicated they had used clickers in at least one course according to a recent informal poll. Their reaction to the devices was overall positive, with 84 percent answering they felt the clickers enhanced the learning environment.

This quarter students are purchasing clickers to use in several classes at Fisher. Instructors plan to use the devices to encourage interaction and check students' comprehension of material.

Faculty members interested in integrating clicker technology into the classroom can contact the ITS Helpdesk for a consultation.