Student response systems, also known as “Clickers,” allow an instructor to query students in a classroom and test comprehension of lecture concepts. The use of clickers can provide several advantages to both the instructor and students. The instructor can adjust their lecture on the spot to best match student learning, and students can answer posted questions anonymously and not have to risk appearing incorrect in front of their peers. The use of clickers may also help students focus on lecture content by engaging them in a two-way interaction as opposed to the one-way format of a traditional lecture. Results of a query are available immediately to the instructor, and can be optionally shared with the entire class via the projector.
How to Start Using iClicker
iClicker is a flexible and user-friendly response system that is available at U-M, and supported by CAEN for use in Engineering courses. iClicker receivers are installed in most College of Engineering classrooms, and instructors can connect to the system directly from their computer to capture responses from their students. Instructors will need access to a computer running Windows or Mac OS to use the iClicker software, with an available USB port for their iClicker instructor remote:
- Instructor remotes are available for purchase from the U-M Computer Showcase.
- The U-M specific version of the instructor software can be downloaded from the LSA Technology Services iClicker page.
Online Polling with iClicker Cloud
The iClicker Cloud is an online version of the iClicker student engagement system for polling and quizzing. It is available to all U-M faculty and students at no cost under an institutional license. Instructors can use it to track attendance, ask target questions, administer quizzes, and analyze student performance using a web browser. Students can participate using mobile devices, laptops, or an iClicker remote.
Instructors who are teaching their course online and are interested in using iClicker Cloud can refer to the LSA Technology Services website for information on how to get started. Instructors can also review the iClicker Cloud video demonstration to see if it is right for their course:
If you are an Engineering instructor interested in using iClicker, we have some basic information for getting started in our knowledge base. You can also contact a CAEN consultant with questions, or for more information on using the system in an Engineering classroom.