PRS (or "clickers")is a system to facilitate classroom interaction, especially in big lecture halls or courses where anonymity might be a consideration. Clickers can dramatically increase student participation and attention level during the lecture. Clickers are also frequently used for attendance records in a large classroom setting. More than 20% of students used "clickers" in 2008-09 academic year.
The IT department at the University of Maine recommends and supports only one clicker -- Interwrite PRS (Interwrite PRS Website): this clicker is reliable, students need to buy only one cliicker for all years of their studies and all subjects, and there is a buy-back program in place at the University Bookstore.
The University of Maine has developed tools to ease the integration of PRS into your course.
Resources for students:
Students, if you have questions please contact or visit the Help Center: +1 207 581-2506.
Resources for instructors:
- Instructions on importing PRS data into WebCT
- Importing PRS attendance data into WebCT
- Using PRS without WebCT: how to replace numbers into names in PRS gradebook
- Conversion tool: PRS results to WebCT format (contact FDC for access - 581-1925 or email: email@example.com)
- Part 1: Using PRS
- Part 2: Implementation
On October 22, 2008 representatives from Interwrite demonstrated PRS and its uses to UMaine faculty:
Instructors, if you still have questions please contact or visit the Faculty Development Center: +1 207 581-1925
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