No matter how interesting your topic is, if you teach just by lecturing, you will lose the attention of most of your students within the first twenty minutes. This is simply one manifestation of the limits of human's working memory capacity and attention span. Student response systems such as the iClicker 2 and Poll Everywhere, combined with active learning techniques such as peer instruction, can combat this memory "fade" and are proven to increase student engagement and test results. For those reasons, clickers have become standard equipment in many college classrooms. Many faculty here at CSUSM are now using clickers and say it is a great addition to their teaching.
See the Techniques & Resources at the bottom of this page for ConcepTest question sources and guidance on writing your own.
The Reef (iClicker2) cloud and classic systems use student-held transmitters that work with classroom receivers and the iClicker software to record student answers. You can upload the results of multiple class sessions directly into your Courgar course gradebook.
Your students must use the iClicker2, which can be purchased from the bookstore or other internet sources. Please remember to notify the bookstore well in advance of the semester so there will be an adequate supply for your students to purchase at the start of class. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on getting started and your options.
Poll Everywhere harnesses the power of the web and gives students a legitimate reason to use their mobile phones and laptops during class. Using the Poll Everywhere app, you can ask people a multiple choice question or let the students respond freely using text replies. There are four ways to respond; sending a text message, using a smartphone's web browser, sending a "tweet" on Twitter, or on a computer via the web. Polls can be inserted into PowerPoint and responses are displayed live. Responses can be automatically graded, but at this time the grades are not atuomatically imported into your Cougar Course.
Learn more about using Poll Everywhere on the Faculty and Staff Information page.