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Clickers (personal response systems)

A Service of IET

Clickers, or personal response systems, resemble handheld remote-control devices. They collect electronic answers from students, and the results help instructors assess individual student responses during large lectures.

During class, students use wireless clicker remotes to answer questions from the instructor. The digital feedback is then transmitted to a receiver on the instructor's laptop, where response data is immediately compiled for the instructor's review. The model used on campus is the i>clicker.


Clickers help faculty:

  • Take attendance
  • Record participation
  • Give quizzes
  • Conduct in-class polls
Get Started: 

Contact theĀ Academic Technology Services unit of IET at 530-752-2133 or

Faculty who wish to arrange for receivers so they can use clickers should contact UC Davis Stores at Students may obtain the devices by going to the main UC Davis Store in the Memorial Union.


Once they've been obtained for a classroom, clickers can be used anytime the class is meeting.