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The Use of Clickers to Enhance Active Student Learning and Assessments in Large Classes

It is difficult to teach large groups of students. Group activities are more complicated than with smaller groups, and lecturers therefore often revert back to “frontal teaching strategies” using lecturing as teaching method, with all the known disadvantages and shortcomings (Quinn, 2001). Audience Response Systems (“Clickers”) were identified as a possible solution to this problem. They could help to keep students engaged in the lecture material, involve them actively in the teaching process and enable them to determine their own progress in relation to the rest of the group. Feed-back to the students by the lecturer is easier, because the software generates immediate statistical analysis of the students’ submitted responses.
Susan Duraisamy