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eLearning Meet: Using the Audience Response Systems

The Audience response systems aka clickers aka the ‘who wants to be a millionaire thingies’ have been in use at Roehampton for several years now. They are used quite significantly in the Department of Life Sciences and a few other departments across the University.

Feedback from staff and students who use them is that they are fantastic in keeping students engaged and making in class sessions more interactive.

The systems allow a lecturer to pose questions to students in class and gather immediate feedback on responses. The software integrates seamlessly with PowerPoint and if you are familiar with PowerPoint, using the software will be extremely easy.

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Benefits:

  • Provide immediate feedback to questions
    • Students get immediate feedback about the accuracy of their understanding.
    • Lecturer is provided with instant feedback of students understanding of concepts and content.
  • Keep classroom sessions more interactive and engaging.
  • Create opportunity for discussion.
  • Shy students get the opportunity to make their voices heard.
  • Can be used to help monitor attendance- a specific keypad would have to be assigned to each student.

The system comprises of:

  • Dongle (receiver) which is plugged into the computer that will be used for presentation
  • Clickers
  • Turning Point Software: this has to be installed on the PC or Mac that will be used to create the interactive slides and should also be installed on the presentation computer. To request for software installation , contact the IT helpdesk.

To get started in using systems,  contact your Departments eLearning advisor for a quick demo. Some key things to consider are:

  • How the response devices will be issued and returned after class
  • What questions to ask- what do you hope to achieve?
  • How many question slides to include. Remember, using the systems may lead to discussion so factor this into the timing of your lecture.
  • Do you intend to collect data after the session? if so , should this be anonymous or not?

For more information about the systems , click on the following link: http://www.turningtechnologies.co.uk/

Training guides and support are available directly from the following page: http://www.turningtechnologies.co.uk/training/

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