A Student Response System (e.g. clickers) is defined by the non-profit TLT Group as any system that enables an instructor to:
a. Ask all students a question simultaneously,
b. Enable them to respond instantly and (more or less) anonymously, and
c. Display patterns of student response back to the students.
A major barrier to the mass adoption Student Response Systems in UK HEIs has been the high cost of the getting individual clickers for the students especially when dealing with large undergraduate student groups.
Dr Joan Lu, a reader in Informatics at the School of Computing and Engineering, and her research colleagues have developed a free Student Response System for all academic staff members to pilot with their students.
This technology converts your students’ smart phones into Student Response Systems. Please contact Dr Joan Lu (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in piloting her team’s free SRS technology with your students. You can also visit the project’s website for more information.
Here is a YouTube video developed by the University of Colorado’s educational team on how to use clickers effectively: