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Clickers at UT March 12, 2009 Morrie Schulman [email protected] 475-6057 Objectives Apprise faculty/staff of clicker use at UT and trends in the industry Discuss benefits and limitations of each system Recommend which CRS DIIA will support for the next three years

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Apprise faculty/staff of clicker use at UT and trends in the industry

Discuss benefits and limitations of each system

Recommend which CRS DIIA will support for the next three years

factors to consider
Factors to Consider
  • Cost
  • Ease of Use
  • LCD Screen
  • Blackboard integration
  • More than 5 Multiple Choice Options
  • Grading capability
  • Testing
  • Mobile Capability
trend towards iclicker

Trend towards iClicker

Approximate CPS units sold Spring ‘09 2500

Approximate iClicker units sold Spring ’09 7000

Approximate Turning Point users 300 (Law/Pharmacy)

why iclicker trend
Why iClicker Trend?
  • Easy of use and support
  • Reliable
  • Poll the first day of class - register later
  • Teacher’s remote
  • Anonymous & on-the-fly polling within a session
  • Works with Quest (College of Natural Sciences Software)
  • Frustration with CPS


iclicker shortcomings
iClicker Shortcomings
  • Only 5 multiple choice options
  • No numeric input
  • No LCD or testing functionality
  • Full Blackboard integration not expected until spring 2010
crs options at ut hw and sw
CRS Options at UT HW and SW
  • iClicker
    • Teacher’s remote; Works with any application; First day polling; Anonymous polling within session; Instructor view of responses
  • Quest Software with iClicker
    • 10 MC Options; Content
  • CPS
    • Numeric Capability; Testing with multiple versions; Data slicing; Blackboard Integration
  • Turning Point
    • Superior data slicing; Web/Mobile capable now; Easy question authoring in Power Point



See DIIA/CRS table

turning point

Turning Point


See DIIA/CRS table

trend towards mobile devices
Trend towards Mobile Devices
  • Polling with Cell phones and wireless devices
  • Commercial and non-commercial options
    • Turning Point works on iPhone & Blackberry
    • iClicker Web release fall semester (beta testers?)
    • MOCA- DIIA’s Mobile Ongoing Course Assessment (polling device in development)
web clicker
  • Browser-based clicker for laptops, iPhone, iTouch, and other PDAs
  • Use web>clicker in the same class with traditional handheld remotes
  • This technology will allow bases to connect for off-site connections, ideal for distance learning
  • Was designed with an accessibility consultant
  • Question content can be displayed for home-bound students/students using screen reading software
strengths and limitations of mobile devices

Strengths and Limitations of Mobile Devices




Reliable network?

Grading available?

if you support a mobile device option must it have grading functionality
If you support a mobile device option, must it have grading functionality?

A. Yes

B. No

C. Not sure

if yes which system

If yes, which system?


B. iClicker

C. Turning Point

D. Non-commercial mobile device

would you participate in a user group
Would you participate in a user group?

A. Yes live or virtual

B. Yes but virtual only

C. No