Audience Response Systems (e.g. PollEverywhere, iClicker, flash cards)

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What we support:

  • PollEverywhere
  • paper student response cards (e.g. "flash cards")
  • iClicker2 instructor kits and student clickers (available through the end of Fall 2017).

What can our tools do?

  • PollEverywhere allows you to design and present in-class polling from your own computer or mobile device, embedded in your presentation software if you choose, and allows your students to respond from their own mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops).
  • There are many flash card templates available online; LITS Liaisons can help you find one that works for you or design your own.
  • iClicker2 involves reserving from LITS a physical device you attach to the computer you are presenting from, and having your students borrow "clickers" from LITS. LITS is ending support of iClicker in December 2017, due to aging equipment and rising software prices for this tool.

Training and support for PollEverywhere

Training and support for flash cards

  • Faculty should contact their LITS Liaison if they would like assistance finding or designing appropriate flash cards and walking through potential uses.

Borrowing iClicker2 equipment (not available after December 2017):

  • Faculty should contact their LITS liaison if they are interested in reserving a clicker instructor kit to use for the semester.  Reservations are first-come, first-served, with any remaining kits available for short-term borrowing. Other borrowing policies are the same as for media equipment. Equipment is checked out and returned at the Circulation Desk in LITS.
  • Students may borrow a clicker for a semester from the Circulation Desk in LITS: these devices will be due back on the last day of classes, and all other policies are the same as for other media equipment.
  • LITS liaisons can provide instructors with instructions on borrowing and registering clickers, to be emailed to a class or placed in Moodle.
  • Faculty who are interested in checking out a batch of student clickers for particular classroom activities, rather than having each student check out their own, should first confirm availability with their LITS liaison, and then pick up clickers from the Circulation Desk. Borrowing policies are the same as for other media equipment. LITS cautions faculty that having students check out their own clickers usually takes up less class time and is better at preventing equipment loss.

Best practices for using audience response in the classroom:

  • Set course goals for your class and have a plan for how any of these audience response tools can help you with those goals.  Ask, “What can audience response do for me?”, not “What can I do with PollEverywhere/flash cards/iClicker?"  
  • If you’re new to using audience response tools, pick a few things to try and focus on doing them well.
  • Practice using the materials, software, or equipment before you’re in front of a class, so that students are not fearful that there will be problems, and so you can spend class time on teaching.
  • Make sure your students understand why you’re using this tool in the class.
  • Go over rules and expectations: what sort of credit are you giving for PollEverywhere questions? What will you do when a student misses class or forgets their device or their flash card? What will the penalty be for entering responses for another student? Consider dropping some of the lowest PollEverywhere scores to allow room for illnesses and other reasons for absence.
  • Use the tool routinely and consistently, so that students will see audience response questions as another part of the class, not optional or experimental, or just for attendance.
  • Practice, observe and share with other faculty, especially more experienced users of your tool.
  • Be sure you and your students are very comfortable with the audience response tool and that you have addressed any accessibility issues before doing graded activities, and consider keeping your audience response questions low-stakes and frequent rather than high-stakes.
  • PollEverywhere Presenter Notes and Best Practices