Rules of engagement-12 tips for successful use of "clickers" in the classroom

Med Teach. 2008;30(2):146-9. doi: 10.1080/01421590801965111.


Background: Student response system or clickers is an electronic application where a receiver in the instructor's computer captures responses to questions from student keypads. Used effectively, clickers can promote learner engagement and serve to improve learning. It can be used in a variety of ways such as to provide feedback to learners and instructor, to start discussions, for peer evaluation, for formative and summative assessment, to build a learning community, and to experiment on human responses.

Aims and methods: Using our experience in the use of this technology and literature review, we provide twelve tips for successful use of the student response system.

Results and conclusions: We have found these strategies useful and envisage that the application of these tips can help maximize learner engagement and learning.

MeSH terms

  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods*
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Educational Technology*
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • User-Computer Interface