Faculty Spotlight: My Adventures with Clickers
In this Faculty Spotlight, Dr. Faye Allard shares her experiences with using clickers to better engage students in large classrooms.
So far I am delighted to report that my clicker adventures have been amazing! The software is very easy to install and navigate, and thanks to my fellow clicker-using-faculty’s advice, it didn’t take long to figure out the many different ways to utilize this technology. I still grin from ear to ear seeing my student’s eyes light up and their enthusiasm as a question comes up in their lecture. But there are more benefits than just the novelty factor; attendance is now consistently above 90%; we are able to assess instantly if students are understanding the concepts we are teaching and have instant graphical feedback; we are able to poll the class about sensitive issues with students safe in the knowledge their answers are anonymous, and of course, we can ask questions to keep students engaged in the material where we can instantly reveal and then reward the top scorers of the session. I cannot wait to adopt this technology into my other large classes – it really is revolutionary.