Using Clickers in the Classroom

Using Clickers in the Classroom

Clickers, which go by more formal names like Audience Response Systems (ARS), have both supporters and detractors among faculty and students. Two strong supporters will lead this workshop and discuss the several benefits of clickers for both the instructor and the class, and what the detractors are missing. We will provide some practical ideas for using clickers, and participants will write at least one clicker question.

*This workshop is part of CIRTL at Northwestern which strives to advance learning in the STEM disciplines by providing professional development programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 

Workshop Facilitators:

Professor Robert Linsenmeier is the Institutional co-leader of CIRTL at Northwestern. He has appointments in Biomedical Engineering (McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science) and Neurobiology (Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences) and a secondary appointment in Ophthalmology. Part of his research is in retinal physiology, particularly related to oxygen transport and the microenvironment, and part is in engineering education.

Professor Suzanne Olds is Assistant Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department and Chair of its Undergraduate Committee. She has used clickers for many years in her thermodynamics and statistics courses.