An audience response system (commonly referred to as the clickers here at Swansea University) can add interactivity, dialogue and help provide feedback in teaching sessions. Students can answer a variety of type of questions using a handset and the results can then be displayed to the class. They help students feel less intimidated because of the anonymity provided by the system.
The system consists of a number of handsets for the students which transmit their key presses and a reciever for the lecturer.
The software works as a plugin to PowerPoint, so if you can use PowerPoint, you can use clickers ! You can be as simple or as sophisticated as you wish with your questioning.
To download ideas for using Clickers in your sessions click this link Why use Clickers and get the TurningPoint User Guides for more technical advice or to convert PowerPoints in to Clicker presentations.
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Available at: http://www.scieng.ed.ac.uk/LTStrategy/clickers_effectiveUse.html [Accessed 16 09 2015].
Dr Sam Webster in the College of Medicine has used Clickers very effectively in his teaching and talks about some some of his experiences in the video below:
Dr Sam Webster, College of Medicine, on using clickers in teaching.