Information Technology Services at The University of Iowa

‘Clickers’ add another dimension to the classroom experience

turning-technologies-clickerInformation Technology Services (ITS) is offering faculty a new way to increase student engagement in the classroom.

Clickers – also referred to as student response systems, audience response systems, or personal response systems – allow students to answer an instructor’s questions via a small wireless device that records responses using a radio frequency receiver. Instructors create content with built-in response indicators and ask students to use their clickers to respond at the appropriate times during a lecture. Instructors can create questions in PowerPoint with TurningPoint 2008, or they can use TurningPoint AnyWhere with any application.

For more information about student response systems, visit the clickers website.

The campus standard for clickers at the UI is provided by Turning Technologies. The University has adopted a bookstore model for purchasing the devices. Faculty should contact the bookstore and let store personnel know if they plan to use clickers for a particular course. Faculty should be prepared to tell the bookstore an approximate number of clickers to order for students. Students enrolled in courses using the devices will need to purchase a clicker for $37.35. Students can use the same clicker for multiple classes, and they will register their clicker through ICON starting in the fall 2009 semester.

ITS-Instructional Services is offering faculty several basic and advanced clicker training sessions. To register for two-hour sessions on Aug. 12 or Aug. 13 click here. Check out the “Upcoming Training Events” section on the front page of the ITS Training website for more information about fall training sessions.

ITS also is hosting a Clickers Conference on Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit the clickers website for more details.

Faculty who plan on using clickers in the classroom for the fall 2009 semester should contact ITS-Instructional Services right away for help in getting started:

    ITS Helpdesk
    319-384-4357 (4-HELP)

    2800 University Capitol Centre

    Mon – Thurs: 8AM – 10PM
    Fri: 8AM – 5PM
    Sat: 12PM – 5PM
    Sun: 6PM – 10PM

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