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How to do a campus clicker standardization process

Overview

Many campuses have decided to standardize upon one response system ("clicker") brand in order to more readily provide support to faculty, and to minimize the potential financial burden on students, who typically purchase clickers as course materials. This article provides ideas and resources about this process.

Intended Audience

This article is intended for anyone involved in the leadership of a clicker standardization.

Purpose

This article should help you to understand some principles and experiences associated with a successful clicker standardization process.

Prerequisites

An understanding of the reasons for using clickers is important. See the Vanderbilt link at the bottom of this article for extensive disciplinary scholarship of teaching on the use of response systems.

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Process Summary

 

Additional Tips or FAQs

Standardization challenges include:

  • moving the process along quickly enough that the information gathered during the deliberation process remains relevant once a decision is made
  • involving all stakeholders (faculty, support staff (instructional designers, centralized and distributed smart classroom support staff, faculty and student help desks, LMS support staff), administration, bookstore staff, student disability services personnel, and perhaps others)
  • working with faculty and others who may already have strong allegiance to a particular product

References/Bibliography/Notes

10 Tips for Injecting New Technology into Your Campus, 3/26/08, Campus Technology

Successful Clicker Standardization, EDUCAUSE Quarterly Number 4, 2007

Vanderbilt Center for Learning and Teaching Research on the Effectiveness of Classroom Response Systems

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