A classroom audience response system uses a handheld remote (clicker) to collect student responses to questions posed by the instructor. Student data is recorded and then displayed on a results graph via software on the instructor’s computer.
As of Fall 2011, i>clicker is the centrally-supported audience response system on the UMass Amherst campus. Support for the previous clicker system (eInstruction’s PRS) was discontinued after Spring 2011.
i>clicker may be used as a simple tool to provide instant, anonymous feedback, or as a tool to promote active learning in the classroom and give students credit for class participation or performance.
For additional information on i>clicker, see:
- i>clicker - Audience Response System
- our Getting Started with iClicker handout (.pdf, 1.2 MB)
- our blog for Best Practices and News
Help with i>clicker for Instructors
OIT/Academic Computing provides instructors with workshops and one-on-one consultations on the use of i>clicker. See https://etna.oit.umass.edu/public/workshops for a schedule of upcoming workshops or schedule a consultation by contacting the Instructional Media Lab ( 545-2823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).