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Clicker popularity and policies

November 4, 2008

At the annual meeting of Educause, an organization of college technology officials, the majority of academics appeared to see clickers as a great new technology.

Officials of three large universities reported that once professors start to use clickers, the devices’ popularity took off, and not just in large lecture classes. To these officials, the questions about clickers weren’t of the “Should we use them or not?” variety but of the policy variety.

To inform the discussion, officials of the Universities of Delaware, Maryland at College Park, and Pittsburgh each conducted surveys of students and faculty members on clicker use. The findings and their implications were discussed.

  • Why click
  • Clicking and attendance
  • Large classes and small
  • Critical mass
  • Training and support
  • Uniformity vs. personal preference

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Read the full story from Inside Higher Ed.