A few months ago, Evelyne Corcos and Vivienne Monty published a study of student response systems in library instruction. Their article, “Interactivity in Library Presentations Using a Personal Response System” appeared in EDUCAUSE Quarterly. Personal response systems (PRS) (aka student response systems or audience response systems) allow students to use wire-less clickers in order to respond to instructors’ questions. An instructor poses a multiple-choice question and students respond by clicking the appropriate button on wire-less, handheld “clickers.” The instructor can display the live results to the class or to him/herself.
In Corcos and Monty’s study of personal response systems (PRS),
- Immediate feedback
- Opportunity for formative assessment
- Tailor instruction based on responses
- Identify areas of low comprehension
- Anonymity reduces student embarrassment
- Technical difficulties
- Pre-set questions reduce flexibility
- Requires more preparation
The authors don't list this as a con, but it seems to me that keeping up with the clickers could be a hassle. How do prevent students from accidently taking the clickers home? Anyways, I would still love to try them.