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Classroom Communication Systems

Page created by Laura Guertin (Pennsylvania State University Brandywine) and Rebecca Teed (SERC)

The following are some topics to consider before implementing and while using course communication systems.

Who will purchase the system?

Will the campus purchase and support the hardware and software needed to operate the technology?

Learn more about sources for remotes and software here

Is your classroom set up for using this technology?

Can the classroom be changed to accommodate the technology?

What if a student forgets his/her handheld IR remote, or a remote fails to work?

This will happen at some point, and instructors need to prepare for this type of situation.

How will I be able to connect an individual response to an individual student?

What if I'm not looking to match individual responses with individual students?

There is still a valuable use for course communication systems in the classroom. Instructors can obtain feedback on lecture topics, an assessment on the class comprehension of material, etc. Instructors can also have students work in groups on problems and have just one response entered on a remote.

What happens to the handheld IR remotes at the end of the semester?

Students can sell the remotes back to their campus bookstore or hold on to the remote and use it in a future class.

Classroom Example

See the example on Quicksand Questions: Short In-class Activity.


For more advice on how to use this technology and examples of how it is being used at several universities: