The use of clickers in the classroom can engage students, promote active learning, and provide both instructors and students real-time feedback on students’ understanding of course material.
How clickers are implemented, however, matters greatly. Students and instructors alike will have a better experience using clickers when instructors prepare and clearly articulate their goals for clicker use in the classroom. This article from OIT details more about how, when, and why to use clickers.
Adapting Clickers to Hybrid, Remote or Online Environments:
Clicker use can facilitate student engagement while teaching synchronously, whether in-person or remotely. Enable iClicker Reef software to allow your students to participate remotely in clicker polling via their smartphone or a web application. Read more about setting up iClicker Reef for remote student clicker participation on this OIT page, under “Continuing to use iClicker.”
Further Reading & Resources:
The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) at the University of British Columbia hosts video demonstrations and additional clicker resources developed by CWSEI and CU Boulder Science Education Initiative teams. There is also a PDF with tips for successful clicker use in your classroom available, written by Dr. Doug Duncan, of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at CU Boulder.
CU Boulder OIT provides a sample syllabus statement to foreground your use of clickers in your classroom.
Other available resources from OIT: