Clicker Interventions in Large Lectures in Higher Education

  • Kjetil EgelandsdalEmail author
  • Kristine Ludvigsen
  • Ingunn Johanne Ness
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Clicker interventions can be used to transform the learning environment in large plenary lectures from being lecturer-centered to student-active. Such interventions are conducted with the use of a student response system. In each intervention, the lecturer poses a multiple-choice question to the student group; the students discuss the question with their peers and answer individually using a wireless handheld remote control, called a “clicker.” The student answers are then displayed on a big screen for the students and the lecturer to see. Studies have found that clicker interventions can be used to promote student attention, motivation, retention, and performance. Clicker interventions can also support a formative feedback practice aimed at creating activities that make students’ understanding visible, so that students, together with their peers, can adjust their studying and the lecturer adjust teaching. This chapter gives an overview of research on clicker interventions in lectures in higher education and discusses how such interventions can provide students and lecturers with formative feedback.


Clickers Student response systems Dialogue Sociocultural Lectures Higher education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kjetil Egelandsdal
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kristine Ludvigsen
    • 2
  • Ingunn Johanne Ness
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology, Centre for the Sciences of Learning & Technology (SLATE)University of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.Faculty of Psychology, Department of EducationUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

Section editors and affiliations

  • Konrad Morgan
    • 1
  • Kaushal Kumar Bhagat
    • 2
  • Şebnem Feriver
    • 3
  1. 1.EduvateHavantUK
  2. 2.Centre for Educational TechnologyIndian Institute of Technology, KharagpurKharagpurIndia
  3. 3.Department of Elementary and Early Childhood EducationMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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