A clicker is a classroom response system (CRS) that allows students to answer or vote on a question with a hand-held device (much like polling the audience on the Who Wants to be a Millionaire gameshow). Some clickers allow for alphanumeric entry, but most are geared toward multiple-choice questions. Infusing a lecture with clicker questions not only improves student engagement, but provides opportunities for real-time assessment. The instructor can identify and discuss common misconceptions and mistakes, and students can get find out whether or not they truly understand the topic.
LOCAL can facilitate the use of clickers by serving as a free repository for clicker questions. Each question is available as an image file that can be copied and pasted into a PowerPoint presentation or simply projected from the website or even printed onto an overhead transparency for use in your classes. The clicker questions are categorized by topic.
The clicker questions at LOCAL were created by Laurie Starkey, and some have also been taken from the GRE-Chemistry practice book. Others have been submitted by faculty members who use clickers in their classes. The name of the contributor, along with an email link, is cited for each question. Faculty are encouraged to submit their own questions to the database. By sharing our resources in this fashion, we can make it easier for faculty who want to try using clickers but are concerned about the time needed to develop appropriate clicker questions. LOCAL also provides fresh material and new ideas to those faculty who are already using clickers in their classes. To contribute clicker questions, please contact the LOCAL creator and administrator, Laurie Starkey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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