Education and Information Technologies

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 15–28 | Cite as

Students’ perceptions of clickers as an instructional tool to promote active learning

Article

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate students’ perceptions of clickers as an instructional tool to promote active learning in a Physical Geography undergraduate class. A convenience sample of 24 undergraduate students registered in a physical geography course was assigned clickers to answer chapter quizzes in class for 15 weeks during the semester. Data from student interviews, student surveys, and exam grades were used to analyze the findings. Overall, students were satisfied and gave high approval ratings for the use of clickers, particularly for enhancing their participation and engagement in class lectures. The study findings show that clickers promote student engagement in the teaching and learning process. However, students did not find clickers to be a motivating factor to study more for the course. The implications for the use of clickers as instructional tools to improve active teaching and learning in technology-rich classrooms are also discussed.

Keywords

Active learning Clickers Interactive technology SMART response system Student response systems Student engagement 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationCanisius CollegeBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.Department of Teaching and LearningUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA

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