Is Hamline University Eliminating the Clicker?
Yes and No. Hamline University is in its third year of using clickers in the classroom for a variety of purposes, i.e. to add interactivity to lecture halls, to gain insight into student’s prior knowledge of a subject while teaching, or to instant poll the audience’s understanding when introducing a new subject.
The use of the clicker at Hamline is indeed continuing, but in a new way – via smart phones or personal computer. This fall semester two Hamline faculty members, Matt Morgan and Thomas Anderson of the College of Liberal Arts, piloted the newest version of Turning Point with their students. The new version includes a ResponseWare component which eliminates the clicker altogether and allows smart phones or computers to act as the response device.
Hamline’s software support has updated computer terminals campus wide to the newest version of TurningPoint, so that ResponseWare can be used from any classroom that has wireless access. Starting this J-term, students will have the option to either purchase a clicker or a license from the Hamline bookstore. After registering the license with Turning Technologies and downloading a free app onto their smart phone or computer, students are ready to eliminate the clicker and participate in interactive TurningPoint presentations using their computer or phone. Both clicker and smart phone responses will register in the presentation seamlessly.
Hamline faculty, if you are interested in trying out ResponseWare in your classroom, please let us know and the Center for Teaching and Learning will get you set up with an account to create sessions in which your students use their smart phones or computers to respond to your lecture questions.