Audience Response System (ARS)
Most teachers are knowledgeable.
Good teachers are intelligent.
Great teachers are patient.
Exceptional teachers are students themselves.
Dale Durbin, M.D.
Author of “Rapid Interpretation of EKGs”
- Inserting a Question Slide
- opening the CPS for PowerPoint software
- creating questions
- saving your files to be used in the classroom
- Engaging Questions in the Lecture Hall
- loading the CPS files on the lecture room computer
- running CPS PowerPoint lecture
- “Which button do I click next?”
- Tips and Tricks
- copying and pasting pre-existing questions
- comparing question responses and results
- retrieving response data for reports
Timeline - Using the SOM CPS Clickers
|When||What||Who can help||Tell me more . . .|
|4 weeks prior to lecture||
|About content for questions
|2 weeks prior to lecture||Install CPS software on your machine
Begin entering your questions into CPS for PowerPoint
|Educational Technology, email@example.com
|3-4 days prior to lecture||Practice in classroom||Educational Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Frequently Asked Questions about ARS:
- What is it?
- Who can use it?
- Where can it be used?
- How many audience members can participate?
- How do I get started?
- How do I create and enter ARS questions?
What is it?
“An audience response system is an interactive polling technology that permits the instructor and students to receive real–time feedback about questions asked in class. Through the use of handheld remotes, commonly called ‘clickers,’ students can respond to questions posed by instructors. A histogram of all student responses is then displayed for the instructor and students to see.”
– VCU Center for Teaching Excellence
Visit these resources from the VCU Center for Teaching Excellence to learn more about the benefits of working with an ARS:
Who can use it?
The Audience Response System is being integrated into the M1 and M2 curriculum. However, any member of the VCU School of Medicine faculty or staff can use it.
Where can it be used?
There are four auditoriums that are preinstalled with the software and have been tested to work with the response pads:
- Sanger 1-044
A portable unit of the Audience Response System can also be used in any lecture hall or conference room. Contact [E-mail]: email@example.com for more information.
How many audience members can participate?
The M1 and M2 classes have a pool of clickers to use; we can accomodate both classes in a single session. We have enough loaner clickers to support a class of about 100 people. Clickers are kept in the CIRC lab, and are distributed by student A/V Techs.
How do I get started?
- Attend an ARS session to observe, if scheduling allows.
- Fill out the ARS registration form on SOM's eCurriculum website. Faculty members must be on the block schedule before the ARS form will be available to them.
- Contact [E-mail]: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to have the software installed on your computer, learn how to insert questions into PowerPoint lectures, and schedule a practice session to see how to run the slideshow in the classroom.
How do I create and enter ARS questions?
First, you will need the CPS for PowerPoint software installed on your machine. This will allow you to insert questions directly into existing PowerPoint lectures or into new PowerPoint files. A brief tutorial is available upon installation of CPS for PowerPoint. Contact [E-mail]: email@example.com to get started.
Consultation for question design and writing is available from Jeanne Schlesinger, Office of Faculty and Instructional Development, [E-mail]: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 804-828-3918.