Classroom response systems, or “clickers,” have been around for years, but only a small percentage of classes use them. Competing and incompatible brands, faculty reluctance to try new technologies, and confusion about which campus group should provide support for the devices all contribute to a slow adoption, says Derek Bruff, director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching and author of Teaching With Classroom Response Systems. The Tech Therapy team looks at how those gadgets can be seen as an example of the difficulty in moving technology beyond the early-adopter stage.
Each month, The Chronicle’s Tech Therapy podcast offers analysis of and advice on what the latest gadgets and buzzwords mean for professors, administrators, and students. Join hosts Jeff Young, a Chronicle reporter, and Warren Arbogast, a technology consultant who works with colleges, for a lively discussion—as well as interviews with leading thinkers in technology.Return to Top