The NYU-Poly clicker program was established in Fall 2009. Since then, the program has grown tremendously, and is now active in the Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and Engineering and Math departments. In a Spring 2011 survey, students reported to FITL that they would like to see clickers used in all these subjects, plus their Engineering, Biology, Humanities and Media courses.
Like the “Ask the Audience” portion of the popular gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire, an instructor can poll the class by posing a multiple choice question, then asking the students to enter a response using their handheld clicker device. The results of the poll are then displayed live for the instructor and class to see.
Using clickers in the classroom promotes active learning, engaging students in the lesson, providing feedback to the instructor and boosting students’ confidence in asking questions and participating in class activities.
This instant feedback on the students’ responses helps both the instructor and the student gauge the level of understanding of the topic, and determine what areas may need more focus. This allows the instructor to redirect the lesson to address the students’ needs, and gives the students a better picture of what they could study more.
The student response system can also be used for research purposes. For example, student responses to clicker polls can be tracked in order to evaluate performance over a semester or a longer period of time.
If you are interested in using clickers in your course or event, the FITL Center offers training on accessing clicker technology, starting out with clickers in the classroom, and tracking student performance. A complete list of workshop topics can be found on our training page.
FITL also offers 1-on-1 consultation to those interested in discussing how clicker technology can enhance your course or event. Contact email@example.com to schedule an individual session.
The three components necessary to get you started with the Student Response System are
- Student clickers
- A receiver connected to the instructor’s computer
- TurningPoint or TurningPoint AnyWhere software application
To find out how you and your students can access the necessary hardware, see Accessing Clickers. For more information on the TurningPoint software and to download a free copy, please visit the Turning Technologies website.
FITL has created a guide that will support you when using the clicker technology.
Preparing students for using clickers
It is important to inform students about the use of clickers in the classroom at the beginning of the semester. To aid you in providing this information, FITL has developed a template with information you may want to include in your syllabus about clicker technology. Feel free to modify the template to suit your course.
First and Second Year Courses
Starting in Fall 2011, all incoming freshmen and new transfer students receive a clicker at the beginning of the semester and register it for use in their courses.
New students who have not picked up their clickers by the first day of class should be instructed to bring their student ID and class schedule to the FITL Center in LC 444 to pick up their clicker.
Clickers are available for loan to non-first or second year students who are registered in these courses. These students should be advised by their instructor to inquire at the FITL Center about a clicker loan.
Other Courses and Events
Clickers can also be used in higher-level courses or events. After attending an initial consultation or training with FITL, you can borrow a loaner packet containing one receiver and clickers for your students from Media Support Services for an entire semester or one-off use. Media Support Services is located in RH 015.
The quickest way to access a receiver is to borrow one from Media Support Services for one semester or one-off use. Media Support Services is located in RH 015.
If you are interested in using a receiver and clickers for longer periods of time, you can consider requesting a receiver from your department. Some departments have chosen to purchase and circulate receivers internally.
If you prefer to use your own receiver, they are also available for purchase from Turning Technologies. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on purchasing a receiver.
Clicker Test Packets
Instructors and event coordinators interested in using clickers can borrow a Clicker Test Packet to try out the technology ahead of time. To request a Test Packet of one receiver and up to 3 clickers, contact Media Support Services after attending an FITL training or consultation session on teaching with clickers.
The Turning Technologies internship program provides FITL with one intern every semester to support faculty, staff and students on the use of clicker technology. In addition, the intern position is involved in research projects, finding innovative ways to use this technology for teaching and learning and keeping the Center up to date on what universities around the country are doing with clickers.
For any technical questions you or your students have about clickers, using TurningPoint, etc., FITL’s Turning Technologies intern is available for 1-on-1 consultations. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact email@example.com.
For technical information and instructions on using the Turning Technologies integration in Blackboard, feel free to consult the Instructor Guide.
For additional assistance outside our normal office hours, contact Turning Technologies Technical Support.