Clicker Pedagogy & Resources
What's a Clicker?
"Clicker" is the common name for a small physical device students use in class to answer discussion prompts and other questions. Typically the questions are multiple-choice questions shown on a PowerPoint slide. The students aim their clickers at the instructor's receiver station and press a key on the device that corresponds to their answer choice. While "clicker questions" during class are often of a survey type, the instructor's receiver can also funnel students' answers into the course gradebook, making clickers useful for collecting student work, taking attendance, etc. Pedagogically, clickers, when used well, are a great way to stimulate student engagement in large lecture classes.
Using Clickers in the Classroom
Study: Clickers are the right answer for college lectures
Tips for Successful Clicker Use (PDF)
Dr. Douglas Duncan, University of Colorado, 2009
7 Things you should know about clickers (PDF)
Educause Learning Initiative
Texas Faculty Development Network (MERLOT/Elixr)
- Audience Response Systems Theme
- Enhancing Team Learning
- Engaging Students
- Gauging Student Readiness
Classroom Response Systems
Resources put together by the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University
i>clicker Downloads & Resources
i>clicker is the standard clicker system at CSU Stanislaus (see below). OIT has i>clicker integration working with both Blackboard and Moodle so instructors can sync their course rosters and clicker grades between the i>clicker software and the Blackboard and Moodle grade books.
The following download links contain complete packages of the i>clicker software that are fully configured to work with our installations of Blackboard or Moodle. You DO NOT need to download any other software from i>clicker's support page.
Click the "Download" link that corresponds to the operating system you would like to run i>clicker on and the course website system you are using:
Campus Clicker Standardization Documents
Following a resolution by the statewide Assocated Students, the 23 CSU campuses have each been asked by the CO to address the question of arriving at a standard clicker deployment for their campus. After studying this question throughout the 2011-2012 year, the Technology and Learning Subcommittee of UEPC at CSU Stanislaus recommended the campus standardize on i>clicker's system. This recommendation was approved by the Academic Senate in November 2012.