• Audience Response

    What are clickers?

    Turning point deviceClickers (otherwise known as Personal/Audience Response Systems or Electronic Voting Systems) are a method by which students can respond to questions posed by the lecturer providing anonymity to the student amongst their peers. Think... 'ask the audience' in Who Wants to be a Millionaire!  They can provide instant results and detailed reports if required.

    With the ever evolving change in technology the move is towards getting students to use their own web enabled devices (smart phones, tablets, laptops) to respond to questions.  LT also have a number of sets of  small handheld devices that can be borrowed, however these are nearing end of life. 

    Attention all clicker users.  An update to all teaching machines has caused TurningPoint to stop working. As a work around we have installed the software onto a number of memory sticks which will now sit with the kits that reside in RM015. If you have your own set of TurningPoint clickers and use them in the teaching spaces please contact LTU@solent.ac.uk
    This is a result of TurningPoint no longer supporting the version that we have as the sector is moving towards using smartphones for responses rather than physical clickers.  We are conduction a survey perceptions and usage of web based system, this can be found here.

    We are strongly urging staff who utilise clickers in their teaching to migrate their materials to one of the web based solutions that are available. We are unable to say how long the workaround will function for. 

    We have  reviewed a number of solutions  (see below) and we offer loan tablets  if not all respondents have a web enabled device.  These solutions offer greater functionality than simple multiple choice that the clickers offered and if you would like help with how audience response can enhance your teaching then please contact Edd.bolton@solent.ac.uk

    Personal Response Systems have demonstrated a number of benefits for learning. These include:

    • encouraging meaningful student engagement;
    • the provision of immediate, anonymous feedback from students;
    • assessing prior conceptual knowledge;
    • encouraging peer/collaborative learning and prompt discussion.

    Why would I use them?

    Initially you may like to use them anonymously just gain instant feedback on a particular topic you've just covered. Research suggests that students enjoy the interaction, keeping them focused and because it is a 'whole class' experience, they can feel camaraderie with others that may get the question wrong.  The TurningPoint Response Handsets we have here at Learning Technologies are used mostly with multiple choice questions as short answers cannot be inputted with our clickers..

    Different Solutions 

    The following sections will look at the different options that are available to you. In each case you can request the support of LT to help get you started with these.