Clickers

What we support:

  • iClicker2 instructor kits and student clickers. 
  • Other methods such as PollEverywhere and paper student response cards

What can our equipment do? 

  • iClicker2 works on both PCs and Macs and supports multiple choice, short numeric answer, or 14 characters of text entry per question. 
  • AccessAbility Services at Mount Holyoke College cautions that the in-class quiz function of iClicker2 may not meet the accessibility needs of all students. Please contact your LITS liaison if you’d like to talk about accessible in-class quiz options.

Training and support for faculty:

  • iClicker2 is simple, but please expect to need to practice before using the equipment in class.
  • LITS liaisons provide walkthroughs of setup and operation, and faculty should expect to attend a group or one-on-one session on the basics. Sessions will demonstrate the operation of the equipment, rosters and grading, and the art of writing a good clicker question. 
  • LITS liaisons are happy to answer questions about iClicker2, and may be available for 1-2 classtime visits per semester as time allows. LITS does not offer in-class support for every class session.

Borrowing equipment:

  • 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:

  • Set course goals for your class and have a plan for how clickers can help you with those goals.  Ask, “What can clickers do for me?”, not “What can I do with clickers?” 
  • If you’re new to using clickers, pick a few things to try and focus on doing them well. 
  • Practice using the 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 clickers in the class.
  • Go over rules and expectations: what sort of credit are you giving for clicker questions? What will you do when a student misses class or forgets their clicker? What will the penalty be for entering clicker responses for another student? Consider dropping some of the lowest clicker scores to allow room for illnesses and other reasons for absence. 
  • Use clickers routinely and consistently, so that students will see clicker 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 clicker users. 
  • Be sure you and your students are very comfortable with clickers, and that you have addressed any accessibility issues before you use them for high-stakes graded activities
  • See Tips for Successful "Clicker" Use for a thorough discussion of best practices for teaching with clickers.