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What are Clickers?


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 whether to move forward or review material.

How Clickers Work

Student response systems use radio frequency (RF) signals sent from clickers to record responses, collect data, and provide feedback. The clicker software collects and integrates the responses with common software programs such as PowerPoint, Acrobat, Keynote, and Word. 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 TritonEd/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 H-ITT infrared student response system.

Peer Instruction

Clickers are often used in conjunction with a pedagogical practice known as Peer Instruction. This video, produced by ACMS in conjunction with UC San Diego's Teaching + Learning Commons (formerly the Center for Teaching Development, CTD), explains clickers' role in Peer Instruction. 

Using Clickers With Peer Instruction

The Teaching + Learning Commons provides faculty assistance for integrating peer instruction into their courses.

The Commons worked with ACMS to develop a series of videos illustrating peer instruction, why and how to use it in the classroom, and its benefits.

To learn more about peer instruction using clickers for your courses, contact the Teaching + Learning Commons.