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Clickers & Wikis: what are they?

You're going to be using clickers and wikis in your class. Here's brief information to get you started.

What are Clickers?


  • CLICKERS are hand-held devices that transmit students’ responses to a professor's computer. They allow students to answer questions, take quizzes and tests, and provide feedback electronically.

How do clickers work?

  • Clickers, also known as Audience Response Systems or Student Response Systems, are part of an RFID-based system. They send signals to a receiver located in the classroom.
  • Each clicker has a unique identifier that allows polling software to recognize a specific device and record its responses.
  • If required by the professor, clickers need to be registered at the start of the class. Your professor will provide you with the information.

Clickers do the following:

  • Provide an interactive classroom.
  • Promote active learning.
  • Spark class discussion.
  • Allow anonymous responses.
  • Focus on understanding rather than recall.
  • Furnish prompt feedback to student questions.
  • Clickers can be integrated with Blackboard.
  • The professor can easily gauge the class’s understanding of the topic.
  • The professor can identify students who need additional assistance.
  • Clickers can act as a quiz delivery system.

Source: "A Few Examples of Teaching with Clickers," Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University

In general:

  • UNT has adopted iClicker Cloud for use across campus.  This response system allows any faculty member to ask interactive questions and allows students to respond with the push of a button. For training, support, and additional resources, please visit the iClicker Cloud webpage

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