California Riverside – Campus Wide Solution Brief
California Riverside (UCR) has
been working with Student Response Systems since 2004 when Psychology
department faculty member Michael
Erickson and UCR’s Computing
& Communications Manager Dr. Leo Schouest launched
successful pilot. Dr. Schouest and his team
have now fully implemented the H-ITT Campus
Wide Student Response solution. UCR has
approximately 85 classrooms
equipped with student
response and 8500
students using the devices across
campus. Several departments at
UCR have embraced the technology including, Psychology, Physics,
Computer Science, Chemistry, Statistics, Biology, Sociology, Mathematics and
Why Use Student
To create a more
active and participative learning environment, especially in large
classrooms. Clickers enable students in every size class to participate by
expressing their opinion or demonstrating their understanding of the
To quickly and
efficiently quiz students on their knowledge of the material delivered via
lecture or from reading assignments.
To routinely take
class attendance, especially in large classrooms where “manual” attendance
taking is not practical.
To make lectures
more fun! The common theme through UCR’s four quarter Clicker pilot was
that students genuinely enjoyed the interaction brought about by use of
the Clickers in their class.
retention. More interactivity leads to better retention.
To assist in making
decisions on when to modify lecture material based
on gaining a better understanding of what students are “getting” and what
really does break up some of the lecture – it does energize the audience -
the students learn better when there is some level of emotional arousal -
the higher the energy, the greater the learning. These devices do seem to
have that kind of positive effect on the energy of the room. The biggest
problem you have is calming them down after having used the device, which is
a greater problem than having to get them to pay attention”.
Professor of Sociology
Student Response Benefits
gained from leveraging a campus wide standard for their student response
system are as follows:
Classroom environments to enhance the Students and Instructors educational
Reduced cost for
Students – No need to for
Students to purchase multiple response
requirement for the UCR – Only
need to support one solution across the entire campus.
functionality and Student Response solution benefits – By selecting one
platform UCR is able to
leverage best practices across more users. Students are able to spread
the cost of a single device across more classes.
information please visit UCR’s Clicker website at: http://cnc.ucr.edu/clickers/