Clickers/Classroom Response Systems

Last Updated: February 6th, 2019

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A classroom response system is any kind of audience response system that allows instructors to collect real-time responses from students during a lecture, meeting, or web conference. They can be used to poll or quiz the class to test understanding or to elicit feedback.

Depending on the system used, students may use a transmitter called a clicker to respond to questions, or they may submit responses via text message or the web.

Data is automatically compiled, providing immediate feedback, and can be saved for further reference if desired.

Application to All Courses

Classroom Response Systems are a great way to intermittently pause a lecture to gauge student comprehension. These “straw polls” are meant to encourage participation without the anxiety of being put “on the spot.” This enhances in class learning and builds in the student the confidence to speak articulately about the topic. It also helps the instructor reevaluate the way students are learning and whether the techniques and activities used in the class are actually effective. Classroom Response Systems are aimed to:

  • Provide real-time, ready-to-use reports which can be used on the spot to amend lessons and to get immediate feedback from students
  • Encourages students to participate in a non-threatening manner
  • Allows instructor to assess students anonymously, as an individual, or as a group

Getting Started

NOTE: UF encourages instructors to use Top Hat and/or Iclicker as the classroom response system(s)


UF Information Technology supports the use of iclicker in UF classrooms. For details, visit the Classroom Technology page on the iclicker Response System.

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a response system that engages audience members by providing a mechanism for submitting real-time responses from almost any device. You can pose questions, receive aggregated responses, and display the data on your screen in real time (as long as you are connected to the Internet). Poll formats include multiple choice, free response, and even image-based responses. The polls can also be made public or private. Audience members can submit responses via text message, Web link, or even Twitter. After creating your poll, you’re provided with a PowerPoint slide that displays real-time results, though it requires some setup with the Poll Everywhere app and, of course, connection to the Internet. What’s great about Poll Everywhere is that you and your audience see answers continuously, increasing overall engagement and participation. Incorporate polls to provide a hook for your topic, assess attitudes in the room, or as a formative assessment of audience knowledge

Top Hat

Top Hat is installed on some UF Classroom computers. Contact Classroom Technology for details.

Additional Resources

Accessibility Statement

Keep accessibility in mind as you develop course content and build assignments and assessments. Many online tools are not fully accessible, so it’s important to think about how you will make the assignment accessible if requested. The Disability Resource Center and the UF Accessibility page will guide you in making appropriate accommodations. You can also find out more about accessibility at our toolbox page on Accessibility in the Online Classroom.

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