An audience response system is a tool to encourage audience participation and interest. Each student uses their own web-enabled device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc), and questions are displayed through a PowerPoint presentation. Students respond to the questions, and the results are displayed on the screen. This can lead to further discussions on the subject and allow the instructor to know if the majority of the students understand the material presented.
The use of an audience response system during curriculum presentations has been shown to improve student participation, improve retention of subject matter, and increase exam scores.
We are using ParticiPoll as our Audience Response System.