Cleveland State University

Information Services & Technology

Student Response Systems

Pilot at CSU
Contact: Rowen Garcia, Director, Academic Development and Services

What Is a SRS?

A student response system, more commonly referred to as “clickers”, is a system that allows instructors to ask questions of the class and receive responses via hand-held remote devices. Student responses are recorded through a receiver attached to the instructor’s workstation. Responses can be graded, summarized and shown to the class in real-time or saved for later viewing.


Recommend one standard university-wide SRS system solution by the end of Fall Semester 2006 for rollout in the Spring Semester 2007


  • Test products from more than one vendor
  • Conduct testing in both small and large classrooms
  • Conduct side-by-side product comparison
  • Have both experienced and un-experienced clicker users in the pilot team
  • Clicker Requirements / Considerations

  • Minimal Cost
  • To the student
  • To the University / Departments
  • Response confirmation<
  • Visual confirmation of transmission and receipt
  • Ease of use
  • Battery
  • Type
  • Life
  • Accessibility considerations
  • Receiver Requirements

  • Accommodate large audience (up to 1000)
  • Minimal Cost to University / Departments
  • Work in large classrooms
  • WiFi interference free
  • No interference between adjacent classrooms

  • Faculty Requirements

  • Ability to load software on all computers in the classrooms and those used by instructors
  • Easy to use software
  • Creating questions
  • Polling
  • Tabulating results
  • Grading
  • Used with multiple applications
  • Powerpoint
  • Other applications
  • Clicker registration process
  • Via Web
  • CMS system (e.g. WebCT
  • Import from Excel
  • Roster creation
  • Web
  • Import from Excel
  • Interface with WebCT
  • Roster creation
  • Grading
  • Other Considerations

  • Virtual Clicker using handheld or mobile devices
  • Mac Version
  • LCD version of clickers
  • Applications

  • Quiz at the start of class to review previous class materials
  • Class participation to gauge student’s understanding of current material
  • Further exploration of material
  • Follow up discussion
  • Take attendance
  • Peer Instruction (PI), a technique developed by Eric Mazur (1997)
  • Students answer a question first without discussion and then again after a short period of group discussion with their peers. This activity engages students directly in teaching and learning.
  • Radio Frequency Technology

  • One receiver can accommodate up to 1,000 clickers
  • 300-foot range
  • No pointing required
  • Receiver
  • Small USB Device
  • Easy to install
  • Mobility
  • Downside:More expensive than Infrared receiver
  • Identified Vendors for Pilot

  • Turning Technologies (
  • Product:TurningPoint Rf
  • eInstruction(
  • Product:CPS Rf
  • Project Timeline

    Date (2006)




    Kick-off Meeting


    May / June

    Product demo / Training



    Product Familiarization and Testing


    Fall Semester



    Late December




    Educause - 7 Things You Should Know About Clickers

    Clickers in the Classroom – by Doug Duncan

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