Louisiana State University faculty are evaluating student response clickers and searching for ways to make their use more widespread and effective, reports the Daily Reveille. The Faculty Technology Center hosted a presentation on clicker use Nov. 17 by Steve Pomarico and Saundra McGuire, two faculty members who use clicker technology. Pomarico, a biological sciences professor, said clickers draw students into the class and keep them engaged during lectures. "Before clickers … average attendance in a class of 250 would be anywhere from 50 to 60 percent on a good day, 30 percent on a bad day," he said. "This semester, I haven’t had less than 65 percent. It really does draw people." Clickers are now used by 40 to 45 faculty members, said Barbara McManus, educational technology consultant with Academic Technology Services. McGuire, a chemistry professor, used clickers in her class for the first time this semester. Despite being a "self-described technophobic dinosaur," McGuire said she learned the technology quickly and wouldn’t want to go back to teaching without them. McGuire said asking questions to the class with clickers and discussing the answers afterward helps students identify mistakes they might make on exams…

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