Overview of Student Response Systems at SFU

Student Response Systems, commonly referred to as clickers, encourage active learning in large classrooms, but can also be effective for stimulating small-group discussion. They allow students to provide immediate feedback to questions by means of wireless electronic devices. The results can be tabulated and displayed.

Student response systems enable faculty to:

  • Create a comfortable environment in which all students can participate
  • Increase student interaction, especially in large lecture halls
  • Determine if students are understanding the material

Student response systems enable students to:

  • Feel comfortable about answering questions in large classes because their responses are anonymous to other students
  • Collaborate to form a response
  • Compare their level of understanding with that of their peers
  • Explore concepts in a fun and interactive way

Currently, the three student response systems most commonly used by SFU instructors are: