Using Clickers in the Classroom

This workshop looks at clicker devices (personal voting systems) for Peer Instruction within the classroom. Clickers are handheld devices that allow students to give feedback on questions asked by a lecturer or tutor in class.

It is widely noted that getting students to vote in class with clickers provides instant engagement from the students.  At the same time, this method allows for good feedback to the instructor, to see whether students are grasping the material. (Peer Instruction: A User's Manual, Eric Mazur).

Sets of clickers are available to borrow, on request, from the DIT Library Service.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Use clicker devices in the classroom
  • Plan a class using clickers with students
  • Construct appropriate questions for use with clicker devices
Who is this workshop suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for all staff, both academic and support, who engage with students. Also, while clickers can be used in any teaching situation, they are especially useful for large group teaching.

Links to DIT Institutional Objectives

This workshop is considered to support the following DIT institutional objectives:

  • Develop the curriculum
  • Develop and support teaching excellence
  • Develop key skills & competencies in students
  • Promote diversity of learning opportunities
Any pre-requisites / advance preparation required?

None required.

Facilitated by?

This workshop is facilitated by staff of the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre.