Roger Lunt was fascinated by the idea of using clickers—those electronic devices through which instructors can record students’ responses to questions on-the-fly during class—but he wasn’t so drawn to the idea of managing the technology. “I was not sure I wanted to learn how to operate the software and the hardware,” he says, “so I decided to come up with my own way of doing it."
Lunt, an economics and business instructor in Arts and Sciences, made a pile of “homemade response devices” by stapling the letters A to D on either end of half a yard stick. To make a second set, he was able to get Home Depot to give him enough paint stirring strips to make the handles. Cheap, pretty quick to make, and rarely does the software fail!
So how well do they work? Students say they like using them because it keeps them involved in the class as they answer questions scattered throughout a class period. Roger has used them for much of fall semester and plans to continue using them. As for the second set of "clickers" he made, they are available in the CTE for use by the first person who asks for them.