What is it? 

Student response systems fall roughly into two categories:  systems that allow for tracking of who provides what kind of response and systems that are primarily meant for anonymous feedback.  At Carleton, the focus has been on anonymous feedback to allow, for example, an opportunity for students to provide honest answers to controversial questions.

Why is this useful?

Engaging a larger group of students in an argument, asking them all to form an opinion or provide ideas about solutions can be a daunting task.  Student response systems can help faculty gauge how many students have grasped a concept, engage students with controversial topics without shaming individuals, or help uncover misconceptions and start the process of unlearning. 

How do I use it at Carleton?

Currently, Carleton Academic Technology is supporting three versions of student response systems:

  1. Kahoot!
    Kahoot is an online, smartphone-based system that’s terrific for classroom polling, in situations where everyone has a smartphone and can see the front of the room. Kahoot accounts are free and easy to create. 
  2. Zoom Polling
    Zoom Polling is a built-in feature in Zoom. In order to take advantage of this polling feature, faculty need to plan ahead, enable this function under ### and then set up a poll ahead of time to be started up during class.  Students will see the poll appear on their screen, answer and later see the results displayed. Visit the Zoom page for examples of Zoom Polling.
  3. Physical classroom clickers (i.e. iclickers)
    Carleton has more than 100 iClickers, managed by Academic Technologies, that can be reserved for individual classes or for an entire term. Request one or more clickers.

In addition, faculty can also find free add-ons to Google Slides, use Google Forms for feedback, or use a Moodle Survey for asynchronous collection of information. Free limited versions of Mentimeter, slido, or Poll Everywhere may also be useful for certain learning situations.