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Classroom Response Systems in use at UT

Review Details

REVIEW PERIOD: Spring 2016 & Fall 2016

CONDUCTED BY: Instructional Technology/Instructional Design Staff

PROJECT SPONSOR: Faculty Innovation Center

USER GROUPS SURVEYED: UT Instructors and UT Undergraduate Students


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Poll Everywhere

PRICE : Free for classes less than 40 Students | Students $14/year OR Instructors $349/semester

• Easy Set Up and Use
• Can be used with participants who do not have a UT EID
• Integration with Canvas is tricky, but not impossible

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PRICE: Free to Instructors | Students $10/semester or $15/year or $40/4 years

• Excellent, on-campus support
•  Super easy set up and use for instructors and students
•  Very easy integration with Canvas

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Top Hat

PRICING: Free to Instructors | Students $26/semester or $38/year or $75/4 years*

•  Robust feature set
•  App for mobile + browser access
•  Easy integration with Canvas

*Student pricing can be reduced to free with instructor subscription to other Top Hat services.

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iClicker Resource Center

Classroom Response Systems, also know as "audience response system", have been used on UT Austin campus for almost 2o years. As of 2017, iClicker is the only system with a physical clicker. All of the other systems you may have heard of are web-based and can be accessed on mobile devices. 

The iClicker system is free for instructors. New iClicker remotes for students run about $50 from the COOP but students can purchase used remotes for as little as $10. 

Advantages to using iClicker over web-based products:

  1. They run on radio frequency so robust WIFI, or lack thereof, does not matter.
  2. No reoccurring subscription. Once students purchase a remote, it'll work for as many courses and years as they need it.
  3. Students cannot easily capture instructor's content such as quiz questions, reading comprehension questions, or other course materials. 

Resources IconTo learn how to get started with iClicker, download iClicker software, or view tutorials on how to set up your iClicker system, visit our iClicker Resource Center.