"Clickers" Student Response System
Loyola University uses the iclicker student response system. Professors from throughout the colleges use the "clickers" polling and feedback system to help engage the students, deepen classroom discussion, and review material, as well as for attendance, quizzes and tests. iclicker integrates easily with the Blackboard course management system.
Media Services oversees iclicker administration, faculty training, and support. The system can be used in one of two ways:
- A "suitcase system" with 50 clickers can be reserved on a first-come first-served basis for occasional classes, meetings, and events. These clickers can be used for polling, group feedback, and gathering group data. This system cannot be used for individual responses and assessment.
- With the "complete system", students purchase clickers from the bookstore when they purchase their books for a course. Professors can use clickers during class to help engage the students, deepen classroom discussion, and review material, as well as for attendance, quizzes and tests. Group and individual data can be saved.
- Loyola University is making the transition to using iclicker's new cloud-based polling system, REEF. REEF has essentially the same features as the traditional iclicker system, but allows students to use their own devices (laptops, mobile phones, tablets, etc.) to answer polling questions. While REEF polling still requires a training session (described below), we've included some helpful powerpoints and .pdfs that will help you and your students get started using REEF.
The Faculty Introduction session is 1.5 hours long and occurs toward the end of each semester. In addition to learning about the system, instructors decide whether they want to use the complete system or get their feet wet with the suitcase system. For the complete system, instructors attend an additional 2 hour training session just prior to the semester in which they are using clickers.
To reserve the iclicker suitcase system, contact Media Services at 504-864-7120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about iclicker, go to iclicker.com.
For more information about REEF, go to reef-education.com.