Monday, 8 June 2015

The use of clickers at UCS: Reflections on 2014/15

The following statistics are part of the e-Learning in Figures series. This post covers the use of clickers at UCS. Due to changes in the way we wish to promote the service, we are not evaluating by an annual questionnaire, but will focus on collecting stories and testimonials from staff and students.

The service has gone through a number of enhancements during 2014/15.


  1. We've moved the management to the Library and the RFID system. This enables better monitoring and return.
  2. We have undertaken a short literature search around answering the question, Do clickers improve student learning and result in higher grades?
  3. There is increasing interest from students to use clickers within their assessed presentations. In fact, information on using clickers has been included into Learning Services, Effective Presentation Workshop.
  4. There are requests to run Programme Team bespoke sessions as an outcome of our Staff Digital Capabilities Survey

The data was collected between 1st September, 2014 and 29th April, 2015 based on booking software.

The evidence suggests clickers are being increasingly used over the period. The clickers were booked on 106 occasions by 27 staff. An increase from 55 occasions by 26 staff in 2014-15. A number of staff had booked the clickers over 4 months in advance.

The 27 staff, divided into 10 within professional service teams, and 17 within course teams. The course teams covered the Dept of Nursing, Dept of Science & Technology, Dept of Applied Social Science, Dept of Health Studies and Suffolk Business School. A development from the professional service teams has been the use of Clickers within communication strategies for Institutional projects.

Table 1 illustrates the level of repeat bookings by staff. These are always difficult to interpret as the determinants to book the clickers ate very diverse. However, it does imply an increase in re-bookings.

Table 1: Frequency of bookings

Frequency of bookings
Number of people

2014-15
2013-14
2012-13
1
9
12
5
2
3
6
7
3
9
3
1
4
-
6
1
5
1
1
-
6
-
1
-
10 or more
3
-
-

If you would like to know how clickers might be used within your teaching and learning, please contact Learning Services (learningservices@ucs.ac.uk).




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