Interactive Learning Environment: Engaging Students Using Clickers

Carol S. Sternberger, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Abstract

Educators continue to search for effective methods that will engage students in their learning. This article presents the integration of clickers using the constructivist approach to foster critical thinking while engaging learners in a large classroom setting. A 22-item survey was used to measure the perceived value by students to the use of clickers in engaging then in the learning process and fostering critical thinking. Clickers, also known as personal response systems, created an interactive environment, moving students beyond simple recall to application, analysis, and construction of knowledge.