The Center provides only pedagogical support on the use of clickers (e.g., formulating clicker questions, using clickers to increase engagement, improving learning outcomes, etc.). If you need technical support (e.g., installation and use of software and hardware, registration of clickers on CROPS, etc.), please email the IT Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clickers are mini remote controls that use radio frequency technology to transmit responses to a portable receiver. Each clicker can be registered to a student and generates a unique, identifiable signal. Instructors can use clickers to increase student engagement and interactions, especially in large lecture environment where class size limits faculty-student interaction. When used effectively, clickers can enhance the classroom experience by making it livelier and more engaging. Clickers can also be used in nonclassroom contexts, such as in workshops, seminars, and other types of gathering where the involvement of participants are important.
In January 2011, the Center initiated a clicker loaner program. The goal of the program is to provide UC Merced instructors with access to the use of clickers on a temporary basis (e.g., one-time, one-month, one semester, etc.). In the case of a classroom context, once clickers are formally adopted as part of a course, it is recommended that instructors ask students to purchase their own from the bookstore. In other words, the loaner program is intended to serve as a catalyst to foster the use of clickers in the classroom among UC Merced instructors by removing the barrier of costs to students. If faculty are interested in borrowing clickers for their class or other instructional uses, please read the following policy for details on how to initiate the loaner process. If you have any questions about the clicker loaner program, please feel free to email Belinda Braunstein at email@example.com. The clicker loaner policy is available online.
Product Training and Support: Turning Technologies, maker of the clickers used at UC Merced, offers many resources to help click adopters learn more about the hardware and software as well as the many uses of clickers. It's recommended that you to go to its website to find these resources. For your convenience, there are a few useful links:
Clicker Workshops: The Center has offered various workshops on the effective use of clickers as part of its Teaching and Technology Series. Here are links to the workshop webcasts:
- "You Are Teaching, but Are They Learning?: The Role of Clickers in the Classroom" - Presented by Rick Olsen, professor of Communications Studies at the University of North Carolina
- "An Overview of Clickers and Their Uses"- Presented by Katie Winder, a former member of the UC Merced economics group
- "Catalyzing Class Interactions with Audience Response Systems"- Presented by Professor Tom Harmon
Documentations: The Center, in partnership with the Office of Information Technology, has compiled various documentations to support instructors using clickers:
Consultations with Clicker Interns: IT has undergraduate interns dedicated to assisting instructors with the use of clickers. They are available to assist with setting up software and hardware, providing practical and pedagogical suggestions and best practices, and offering general support. To schedule an appointment, please email the IT Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For your convenience, the Center has compiled a list of external resources that might be helpful for those using clickers in their classrooms.
- 16 Suggestions for Teaching with Classroom Response Systems by Rick Reis (Tomorrow's Professors)
- Clickers Best Practices by Vanderilt University
- Clickers Best Practices by University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Aditional Guides and Tips
- Clickers in the Classroom: Transforming Students into Active Learners by ECAR
- Seven Things You Should Know About Clickers by EDUCAUSE
- Additional Clicker Resources by EDUCAUSE
- Clickers in the Science Classroom by University of British Columbia
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