The case against classroom "clickers"

June 24, 2008

Alan Groveman, a psychology instructor, questions the pedagogical value of classroom clickers -- remote-like devices with which students make selections collected by a receiver in real-time. Initially, clickers may engage students, particularly the tech-savvy with rapid-fire fingers for text-messaging, but Groveman worries clickers promote a desire to achieve correct answers rather than to engage in critical thinking. He says the merit of such technology for student learning should be investigated. Inside Higher Ed