You are here:

Who Wants to Pass Math? Using Clickers in Calculus

Journal of College Teaching & Learning Volume 7, Number 3, ISSN 1544-0389


A typical Calculus class tends not to be very interactive. Students view the class as passive. The students expect the instructor to provide the information with very little activity or effort on their part. Asking students questions and trying to get them to respond is often a challenge. Many students know the answer, but are scared to respond. It is usually the same students over and over who answer the questions. This leaves the instructor wondering whether or not the rest of the class is actually comprehending the material. The use of a personal response system (clickers) in the class allows students to respond to questions anonymously. The entire class becomes much more interactive and the instructor knows how well the entire class is grasping the concepts. Clickers can help students stay awake and alert, improve their speed in answering questions, and know whether or not they understand a concept. Finally, clickers can be used to take attendance and reduce tedious record keeping. The use of a clicker system has made a major impact on how these classes respond and a positive effect on learning has been achieved.


Strasser, N. (2010). Who Wants to Pass Math? Using Clickers in Calculus. Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 7(3), 49-52. Retrieved December 12, 2019 from .

This record was imported from ERIC on April 19, 2013. [Original Record]

ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Copyright for this record is held by the content creator. For more details see ERIC's copyright policy.


Cited By

View References & Citations Map

These links are based on references which have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. If you see a mistake, please contact