Personal Response System (Clickers)

Description

A Personal Response System (PRS) consists of:
  • a set of remote control units (clickers) that students use to respond to questions posed by the instructor
  • a receiver plugged into the classroom computer (or instructor's laptop) that picks up the students' answers
  • software that is used to create multiple choice questions, and tabulate and display student responses
Clickers can be used to support a wide variety of teaching activities. In a science course, for example, the instructor might give a mini-lecture on a new or difficult concept, followed by some questions to test if students understand the new concept, and discussion to address misconceptions or barriers. To facilitate discussion on a difficult topic, a sociology instructor might poll students to reveal their assumptions about a particular population. In business ethics, the instructor might pose a theoretical dilemma, and ask the students to respond anonymously as to how they would act in that situation. Because the software can be used to prepare questions before class, or to create them on the fly, clicker use can be spontaneous or carefully planned ahead, or both.

Eligibility

Instructors and students.

How to request the service

See http://www.yorku.ca/prs/

Cost

Students may purchase new clickers for $42. This is a one time payment with no additional activation or enrollment costs to the student. There is no cost to instructors who want to make use of this technology. Instructors get a receiver and a clicker free of charge for their own use.

Other

The ITS Helpdesk is the pickup location for clickers sent to Glendon.

Support

Technical support is available to faculty members through the Learning Technology Services.  Contact lts@yorku.ca. Technical support is available for students through the UIT Service Desk and Turning Technologies.  See http://www.yorku.ca/prs/students/help.htm  

last updated: 2015-08-17 16:24:26