Brock University has not chosen an official classroom response technology. However, many different classroom response technologies are being used across the campus by our faculty, staff and students.
Generally, these technologies are used for formative feedback reasons, but have been employed for both low- and high-stakes testing across the campus. The Centre for Pedagogical Innovation can consult on the use of classroom response devices and encourage best practices with their use. However, technical issues with a specific technology should be addressed to the support departments of the respective technology vendor.
Top Hat is a teaching response platform that helps professors engage their students inside and outside the classroom. It is a software based “Clicker” and digital distribution platform which students access via their existing personal devices (phones, tablets, laptops).
Through an Approved Vendor agreement between Brock University and Top Hat, Brock students receive a discount when purchasing Top Hat Classroom licenses.
The Brock University LMS, Isaak/Sakai, has an integration that allows students to register their clicker information for easy instructor collection. This tool is labeled TopHat and can be located in course sites in the Site Info >> Manage Tools >> External Tools area. In will be released for the FW 2018 term.
TurningPoint is a software- and hardware-based solution for classroom polling and evaluation. Their primary business involves the use of hardware “Clickers” that work in conjunction with an instructor base station. TurningPoint also offers a software clicker (TurningPoint Cloud) that can be used by students with existing personal devices such as phones, tablets, or laptop computers.
The Brock University LMS, Isaak/Sakai, has an integration that allows students to input their hardware clicker information for easy instructor collection. This tool is labeled TurningTechnologies and can be located in course sites in the Site Info >> Manage Tools >> External Tools area.
iClicker is a hardware based solution for classroom polling and evaluation. Like TurningPoint, their primary business involves the use of hardware “Clickers” that work in conjunction with an instructor base station.
Other services and smartphone-based solutions are available. Brock University will not disclose student information on behalf of students without an agreement on the care of private information. Instructors may ask students to input their own information into 3rd party services. Students should consider the conditions they are agreeing to and not agree to anything they are not comfortable with.