Teaching with Classroom Response Systems

Classroom Response Systems (CRS) or Clickers allow you to increase engagement in your classroom by asking well-chosen questions during a lecture and students can provide immediate feedback. Classroom Response Systems are a software and hardware-based system where students submit their answers using a Clicker, and the information is transmitted to a USB receiver at the podium where the instructor can see the results on the computer and then display compiled results to the class.

Teaching with the use of Clickers can promote active learning, create checks for student understanding, and encourage discussion and collaboration among students.

Faculty have two options for using a CRS in Missouri State classrooms – Turning® device which includes the clicker for the student and a receiver for the instructor, and a mobile platform that allows students to respond using their own laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Want to use a Classroom Response System in your classroom?

If you are interested in using either a clicker device or mobile CRS in your classroom, submit a request through the Help Desk Service Portal to get started. This will ensure your classroom is enabled for Clickers.

Tips and Ideas on Teaching with a Classroom Response System.

This 10-minute video Using Clickers in the Classroom, was created by Dr. Russell James from the University of Georgia, and he explains how he uses clickers in the classroom.

Resources can also be found in the Academic Community in Blackboard or contact the FCTL for additional information.


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