Using Student Response Systems for Learning

This workshop looks at using student response systems (also called clicker devices / personal voting systems) for Peer Instruction within the face to face and online classroom. Student response systems (handheld devices or online polling applications) allow students to give feedback on questions asked by a lecturer or tutor.

It is widely noted that getting students to vote or respond in this way leads to instant engagement. 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; see also the Peer instruction blog, ).

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
  • Consider effective implementations of use of student response systems in your teaching
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?

For this workshop, participants will need to bring a smart phone or tablet on which the following 2 apps have been uploaded in advance; Socrative and Plickers.

Facilitated by?

This two-hour workshop is facilitated by Claire McDonnell and Frances Boylan of the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre.