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Clicker Recommendation. Presentation to UCIST Results from ITAC subgroup (Shawn Gilbertson, Mark Morton, Andrea Chappell) April 3 rd 2008. Clicker Recommendations. Support the use of one clicker, the iClicker brand. Support will include …

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Clicker recommendation

Clicker Recommendation

Presentation to UCIST

Results from ITAC subgroup (Shawn Gilbertson, Mark Morton, Andrea Chappell)

April 3rd 2008


Clicker recommendations

Clicker Recommendations

  • Support the use of one clicker, the iClicker brand.

  • Support will include …

    • Technology – Installation (if required) of receiver, and support of the use in the e-classrooms (IST).

    • Pedagogy – Best practise of use (CTE).

    • Training and documentation (IST).

    • Distribution and resale (Bookstore).

  • During next two years, track alternatives (e.g., PDAs). Be prepared to recommend continued support for iClicker, other brand or solution.


Special note

Special note

Recommending one brand is not the same as endorsing or promoting the use of clickers; rather, recognition of responsibility for existing activity.


Factors in evaluation

Factors in evaluation

  • Impact on learning and on teaching

  • Current usage

  • Usability issues

  • Accessibility issues

  • Impact on technical support

  • Costs


Factors in choosing iclicker

Factors in choosing iClicker

  • Usage

    • Two brands in use, eInstruction’s CPS, and iClicker

    • No individual user had strong preference

    • Fall 2006, UW Bookstore agreed to purchase used iClickers.

    • Perhaps coincidence, but more iClickers than CPS units have been sold since Fall 2006.

      • Fall 2007 – 1100 CPS; 1700 iClicker

      • Winter 2008 – 110 CPS; 997 iClicker (includes used)

    • WLU also uses iClicker


Factors in choosing iclicker 2

Factors in choosing iClicker (2)

  • Usability issues

    • CPS supports numeric input and LED screens, iClicker does not; initially flagged as possibly important factor, but subsequently deemed not a show stopper

    • Registration of units to student

      • CPS requires course-by-course registration fees

      • iClicker does not have such a fee, and this is seen as a significant benefit


Factors in choosing iclicker 3

Factors in choosing iClicker (3)

  • Accessibility

    • OPD states that a clicker without a display, and with large and tactile buttons, would be preferable.

    • iClicker is the better option here


Next steps

Next Steps

  • UCIST – discuss recommendation and plan

  • Contact professors through Liaisons

    • Assess any needs for assistance in switching

    • Assess where needed in upcoming terms

    • Identify any problems

  • Inform iClicker and eInstruction of decision, and request test set from iClicker

  • Install in classrooms where first required

  • Set “ready” date


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