SOURCE: i > clicker

August 10, 2009 08:00 ET

i > clicker's Student Response System Engages Prospective Honors Students at The University of Texas at Austin

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 10, 2009) - As part of a grand effort to make the college recruitment process more interactive, the University of Texas at Austin handed out clickers at an Honors Colloquium for 600 high achieving high school seniors. The Colloquium organizers chose to use i > clicker's student response system, one of the most widely used response systems in higher education, known for its simplicity and reliability.

The University of Texas at Austin, the flagship institution of the University of Texas System, has been holding this three-day Honors Colloquium for 28 years. The goal is to offer Texas' best and brightest an experience similar to what they would have as students at the university, including access to cutting edge technology tools.

"The university can be a very large place, but using clickers allows all students to actively participate, getting everyone involved and collaborating," said Kathy Uitvlugt, Program Coordinator of the University Honors Center. "The clickers were a great success. We were very impressed with how engaged the students were during the presentation and how they could 'answer' questions posed by the dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies, Paul Woodruff, in such an interactive way."

"One of the biggest challenges of any lecture is making kids feel connected and engaged in the discussion and therefore, the instruction," said Renee Altier, managing director, i > clicker. "We are thrilled to see that our i > clicker system helped create an interactive recruitment session for a school as well-regarded as the University of Texas at Austin."

About i > clicker:

i > clicker is one of the most widely used classroom response systems in higher education, adopted at more than 700 educational institutions in North America and used by almost 1 million students. Invented in 2003 by four University of Illinois professors, i > clicker's current design was made available for adoption in 2006 and continues to be recognized for its superior reliability, intuitive software, and focus on formative assessment and pedagogy. Together with a team of faculty advisors and reviewers, Inventors Tim Stelzer and Mats Selen continue to play lead roles in product development -- with a focus on ease-of-use and pedagogical research. i > clicker is a division of Macmillan, a global publishing company with a long history in education. For more information, visit

About Macmillan:

Macmillan is a global publisher of books, magazines, textbooks, scientific information, and digital content and services. In the US, the group includes Farrar, Straus & Giroux; Henry Holt; St. Martin's Press; Tor Books; Picador; Macmillan Audio; Bedford St. Martin's; W.H. Freeman; Worth Publishers; i > clicker; and Scientific American Magazine. Macmillan is a subsidiary of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, GMbH, a global media company based in Stuttgart, Germany. For more information, visit

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