Classroom response systems (clickers, polling, etc.) provide an alternative method of engaging students in the classroom while facilitating real-time assessment of student comprehension. The ability to capture live information about teaching and learning allows for flexibility and change. Response tools support the increased focus in education around data-driven teaching.
Instructors often use student response technology in the classroom to:
- Review questions in the form of games, played individually or in teams
- Conduct opinion surveys and provide visual representations
- Administer pre-tests to measure students’ entry knowledge
- Administer post-tests to measure mastery of course content
- Provide visual feedback to students of how they compare to peers
- Re-poll in same session to measure gains in understanding
- Promote collaboration by assigning groups and then encouraging discussion and consensus building
- Generate instant feedback on a question, issue or calculation
- Increase communication and participation
- Capture formative and summative assessment by measuring student preparation, understanding or satisfaction
- Gather research data
Northeastern ITS supports TurningPoint Cloud in the classroom as of August 2014. We are currently working with Top Hat to provide the fully web-based Top Hat response system as a supported alternative.
The following systems are not supported by ITS but have been tested with our systems and run without issue:
Not sure which tool to use?
Compare features with our response tool matrix (Excel) (a work in progress).