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This info has been adapted from materials developed by Dr. Stephanie Chasteen (CU Boulder).


How many times have you given a lecture and found that students hadn't followed you?

Can you rely on students to ask questions if they don't understand something?

Can you rely on students to know if they don't understand something?


Using classroom response systems, or clickers, helps address all of these issues. The point is not really the use of the technology, but rather the use of questioning and peer instruction to help students learn. Clickers offer several advantages over other questioning strategies. For example, clickers:

  • Are anonymous to the class (but not the instructor), so students will be more willing to take a risk and respond to a question that they wouldn't have responded to in a whole class discussion
  • Help ensure equitable participation - everyone has a voice, not just the few students who are comfortable speaking out regularly during class
  • Enforce wait time so that everyone has time to think about the question and formulate a response



If you are interested in learning about designing and teaching an online course, check out the Online Teaching module in our Teaching and Learning Concentration. 



Check out the following for some recommendations on free or low-cost educational technologies to support things such as online discussions, video creation and in-video engagements.