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Clickers

What are clickers?

"Clicker" is a simple term used to describe a wireless hand-held device that can be used to interact with students in the classroom. Clickers allow for "instant" feedback from students for questions posed by instructors.

What clicker system is used at Loyola?

Beginning in Fall 2009, Loyola has partnered with i>clicker to serve as the preferred audience response system vendor. Instructors interested in using clicker technology can help decrease student expenses by adopting this university-wide system. An i>clicker remote can be used for multiple classes and sold back to the bookstore. Additional benefits include on-campus technical support by Academic Technology Services and teaching and training support from the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy .

The new i>clicker+ instructor remotes are being distributed in instructor kits for Spring 2014. These remotes work exactly as the current remotes do, but are smaller, lighter and more compact. They require only two batteries instead of three, and come with Braille A-E labels.

NOTE: Encrypted flash drives can now be plugged into the back of the white base receivers. The base receivers must be plugged into a power outlet; the power cord is included in the kit.


Turning Technologies ResponseCard Pilot

Loyola is piloting the Turning Technologies ResponseCard polling solution during the Spring 2014 semester. The ResponseCard system offers a simple interface for PowerPoint, polling in any application, and self-paced polling, and is integrated with Sakai. It offers alphanumeric (short answer and numeric) polling, in addition to multiple choice. LED lights next to each button on the student device allow participants to see which response was sent and whether or not it was received.

If you are interested in joining the pilot, please contact Liz Van Kleeck at 8-7656 or lvankle@luc.edu.


Web-Based Audience Response System

"Poll Everywhere is an online service that allows you to poll an audience through text-messaging. The polling mechanism is quite simple (and therefore easy for audiences to use): every answer in your poll has a unique number, and audience members text that number to Poll Everywhere's 6-digit short code. The real magic occurs next, as you and your audience watch the results roll in, live."
The Chronicle of Higher Education

For a short introduction, watch a 1-minute video, then click on Take a Tour.

Note: Currently, Loyola's use of Poll Everywhere is experimental and there is no integration with Sakai.

Visit Poll Everywhere: Getting Started for step-by-step instructions on creating polls.


What's involved in getting an i>clicker instructor kit at Loyola?

Instructors who are interested in using i>clicker for their courses will need to:

How do I learn more about teaching with clickers?

Instructors who are interested in learning more about best practices for teaching with i>clickers can:

  1. For assistance with weighing the options for whether or not to integrate i>clicker into the classroom, contact the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy at ext. 8-7470. 
  2. Review current professional development offerings from Academic Technology Services or the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy.  For general direction about using i>clicker, email Instructional Technology and Research Support at itrs@luc.edu.
  3. Register for i>clicker's Student Response System (SRS) Pedagogical Webinar Series. Each semester, EdTech experts demonstrate interesting ways to incorporate new innovations in a wide variety of disciplines and classes. Each complimentary, 45-minute webinar will offer practical tips for effectively integrating SRSs that challenge the way students think, discuss, and learn.

Can I use clickers with my Sakai course?

Instructors interested in recording i>clicker results in Sakai should add the tool to their course(s) (instructions are at Sakai Tools) and direct students to register their clickers in their Sakai courses (instructions are at Students Register Clickers). If students do not register their clickers in a course, the instructor will not be able to upload the results from an i>clicker session. For additional assistance, visit i>clicker.

Complete Classroom Kit

Loyola has two complete classroom kits containing a base receiver, 2 instructor remotes, 50 participant remotes, USB extension cable, and a flash drive containing the latest Windows and Mac version of the i>clicker software all bundled in a carrying case on wheels. This kit is available to faculty and staff interested in trying out the technology for a single class session or individual meeting. The kit must be returned within 48 hours of receipt. At this time the kit is not available in the Instructional Technology and Research Support online equipment loan program. Please contact Liz Van Kleeck directly at lvankle@luc.edu for questions and/or to make a request.

2013 i>clicker Assessment Report

In Fall 2012, Instructional Technology & Research Support and the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy collaborated to conduct an assessment of Loyola's clicker solution, i>clicker. All faculty i>clicker users and their students were surveyed on their use and impressions of i>clickers. A copy of the 2013 report is available here: 2013 iclicker Assessment Report.

Models and Best Practices for Using Clickers

A pedagogical session on i>clicker in which Loyola University faculty Dr. Jan Florian (Department of Chemistry) and Dr. Olympia Gonzalez (Department of Modern Languages) share their experiences using clickers and respond to audience questions. The session was recorded on April 30, 2012, in the Simpson Living-Learnng Center Multipurpose Room on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus.

Dr. Olympia Gonzalez' Presentation: Teaching with iclicker

Dr. Gonzalez' Question Sets:  San Manuel Bueno, Martir271 Garcia Lorca (poetry)

 

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