Instructors can evaluate class comprehension or retention of complex material and create an interactive learning experience by polling students using a student response clicker system. This instant feedback enables instructors to tailor lectures to their students’ needs by indicating when to move forward or review material.
Student response systems use radio frequency (RF) signals sent from clickers and software to record responses, collect data, and provide feedback. The software collects and integrates responses with common software programs such as PowerPoint, Adobe, Keynote, and Word for instructors’ convenience. Student responses and grades can be exported to a data file for use in Microsoft Excel, Notepad, or Word, and can be imported into programs such as the Ted (WebCT/Blackboard) course management system.
UC San Diego faculty and Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) have adopted the i>clicker student response system as the campus standard. It is highly recommended that faculty use i>clicker so students do not have to purchase multiple brands. ACMS no longer supports the old H-ITT infrared student response system.
Clickers are often used in conjunction with a pedagogical practice known as peer instruction. The video below provides information about how peer instruction and clickers go hand in hand. The video was produced by ACMS in conjunction with UC San Diego's Center for Teaching Development (CTD).
Peer Instruction is a specific pedagogical practice that engages students in the classroom. CTD provides faculty with assistance in integrating peer instruction into their courses. CTD worked with ACMS to develop a series of videos about peer instruction, its use in the classroom, and its benefits.
If you are interested in learning more about peer instruction in your course with Clickers, please contact Beth Simon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peter Newbury (email@example.com) at the Center for Teaching Development.
Contact Leslie Verfaillie, Course Materials Buyer, UC San Diego Bookstore
Clicker Order Notes:
Faculty Clicker Orders:
In order to assure that clickers and books are on the shelves for the first day of class, instructors must to place an order with the UC San Diego Bookstore no later than 1 to 2 weeks prior to the beginning of each quarter. Same day requests can be accomdated depending on stock at hand.
Student Clicker Purchases:
Clickers are available adjacent to the textbook info counter.
Students may sell their used clicker back to the Bookstore if that clicker will be used the following quarter and if the Bookstore needs extra devices.
We suggest that you put clear instructions in your syllabus about a deadline for registering their clickers and an explanation of how they will do this.
If you plan on using Ted your students must ALL register their clickers through Ted. If you are not using Ted, your students must ALL register their clickers through the i>clicker website. Please specify at which location you want your students to register their clicker on your syllabus.
For more information about how to integrate i>clicker with Ted, read these instructions.
On the first day of class, we suggest that you incorporate some type of explanation as to WHY and HOW you will be using clickers in the course. Additionally, don't forget to reinforce that students must register their clickers. (If you are using Ted, they need to register their clicker in Ted. If you are not using Ted, they need to register their clicker on the i>clicker website)
ACMS can have a technician come to the first portion of your class to assist you if any questions come up. If you would like for us to do that, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 858-822-3315.
To use Ted with i>clicker, visit our FAQ page for information on getting started.
For faculty that are not using Ted, ACMS has developed a tool to convert your class list to a Roster.txt file needed by i>clicker.
If you plan on using Ted your students must all register their clickers through Ted. If you are not using Ted, your students must all register their clickers through the i<clicker website. Please specify to your students where to register their clicker on your syllabus.
Beyond the technical, there are some documented best practices on how to best use clickers to improve student learning, especially in the sciences.
The following resources are meant to help faculty use clickers in some of the most pedagogically beneficial ways. The resources have specific, suggested practices for question content.
UC San Diego faculty with pedagogical questions about using clickers may contact Professor Beth Simon.