Student Response Systems (SRS) lab

What are Student Response Systems (SRS)?

Student Response Systems (SRS) are a great way to break up a lecture and to get students thinking and interacting, while enabling you to more effectively support their learning through gaining valuable information on their understanding (Trumbull and Lash, 2013).

The use of SRS typically involves the teacher asking questions for which immediate feedback is provided. Initially, SRS used dedicated devices or 'clickers', but today they increasingly make use of students' smartphones. There are now a large number of Web services that allow teachers to ask pose multiple-choice questions to their students, collect the responses anonymously in real time and display a summary of the results.

POLLING TOOLS FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING 

Benefits for teaching and learning

  • Help students participate and focus in lectures.
  • Give all students a voice, not just the usual suspects. Even in large lecture theatres, audience response encourages everyone to participate and contribute. It can give those who might otherwise feel too intimidated a chance to get involved (Farrow, 2017).
  • Instantly identify any gaps in your students' knowledge and track how their understanding changes during a lecture or over a whole course. You could even use it to collect feedback on your lecture.

Considerations

Teachers utilising software, clickers and related technology should be aware of student accessibility concerns, and consider alternative provision or additional support for those who are technologically inexperienced or barred from maintaining their own electronic devices.

Using polling tools


Read the digital case study about how polling tools work in a teaching setting at Oxford.

POLLING APPS FOR INSTANT FEEDBACK IN CLASS

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