About Clickers

Clickers are an interactive technology that enables instructors to pose questions to students and immediately collect and view the responses of the entire class. They are often used to give quizzes, take polls, open discussions, and take attendance.

How do clickers work?

  • Instructors use a USB radio frequency receiver to present multiple choice or true/false questions.
  • Students submit their answers using handheld devices, known as clickers, that use radio frequency transmitters set to the same channel as the instructor’s receiver.
  • The system instantly collects the results and then shows a graph, which instructors can view, save, and display for the entire class to see.
  • The resulting student points can then be uploaded to Blackboard using the TurningPoint Cloud software.

Who is using clickers on campus?

Spring 2016 clicker stats:

  • Over 18,000 students with registered Turning Accounts.
  • 74% of Freshmen with registered Turning Accounts.
  • 75% of all undergraduates with registered Turning Accounts.
  • Over 148 course sections.
  • 30 different departments on campus.
  • More than 80 unique instructors.

What are the benefits of using clickers in class?

  • Engage students in active learning.
  • Improve student understanding.
  • Encourage attendance and participation.
  • Promote student retention.
  • Facilitate peer instruction and team-based learning.

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