SOURCE: iclicker

July 06, 2011 07:00 ET

San Diego State University Chooses the iclicker2 Classroom Response System to Improve Student Engagement and Learning

iclicker Adds San Diego State to Its Growing List of Universities Within the California State University System

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 6, 2011) - After eight years of supporting a standard classroom response system, San Diego State University's (SDSU) taskforce has chosen a new campus standard -- iclicker2. Starting in fall 2011, the University's faculty and students will use iclicker's newly enhanced iclicker2 system to increase interactivity and advance learning.

Since 2003, and with guidance and support from SDSU's Instructional Technology Services (ITS) and the SDSU Bookstore, over 130 SDSU instructors and tens of thousands of students have been using clickers to improve student engagement.

Over the last two years, however, clicker use declined as a result of issues associated with the existing system, resulting in the convening of a re-evaluation taskforce of faculty, staff, and students. In spring 2011, the taskforce identified key criteria and vendors to include in on-campus demonstrations. Over 30 tenure-track faculty, lecturers, students, staff, and librarians attended the demonstrations. The feedback from the attendees clearly identified iclicker2 as the SDSU response system of choice.

"As faculty adoption grew beyond the early innovators, there was less tolerance for the steep learning curve associated with our current system," said Jim Julius, Associate Director of Instructional Technology Services at SDSU. "And, recently, the California State University (CSU) student association passed a resolution affirming the importance of minimizing student cost and maximizing technical and pedagogical effectiveness through clicker standardization. Given the relative simplicity of the iclicker software, iclicker's track record of reliable operation, and a growing number of institutions locally and within the CSU system adopting iclicker, ITS endorsed iclicker2, as did the leadership of Academic Affairs."

The new iclicker2 remote opens up new possibilities for classroom interaction with full alphanumeric functionality and an LCD screen. Keeping the philosophy of a simple and pedagogical experience front and center, iclicker2 bolsters the active learning experience for students and meets the needs of instructors in a wider range of disciplines and with varied teaching styles.

About iclicker:
iclicker was built by educators for educators with the goal of keeping students focused on content, not technology. iclicker is one of the most widely used classroom response systems in higher education, adopted at more than 900 educational institutions in North America and Canada and used by more than 2 million students. iclicker has a growing number of customers in K-12 and also serves customers in corporate environments. Invented in 2003 by four University of Illinois professors, iclicker's classroom response system 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. iclicker2 is a product of Macmillan New Ventures, a division of Macmillan. For more information, visit www.iclicker.com.

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