The Use and Evolution of an Audience Response System

The Use and Evolution of an Audience Response System

Ray A. Burnstein (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA) and Leon M. Lederman (Illinois Institute of Technology and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-947-2.ch003
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This chapter reports the authors’ use and refinement of a wireless audience response system (ARS) over a 10-year period. The motivation for this effort was to replace the traditional passive lecture with a more interactive classroom. Our classroom procedures and the evolution of these procedures are detailed. The authors also illustrate how ARS systems can be applied in a variety of ways, including the use of modified multiple-choice questions. ARS systems allow for both formative and summative assessment in real time, which is a unique and desirable property. The use of ARS systems similar to the ones described has increased rapidly in the past few years. A brief survey of current and proposed commercial wireless keypad systems is included.

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