The use of Audience Response Systems (ARS) or 'clickers' as an active learning strategy in nursing education has been steadily on the rise. ARS technology allows the dynamic engagement of students in the classroom by providing immediate two-way communication between faculty and students. ARS can be used to explore knowledge and common misconceptions, act as a springboard for classroom discussions, and can be used for testing or evaluation. The aim of this paper is to present best practice guidelines for both novice and experienced ARS technology users. A summary of the state of the research in this area will be presented. Practical application techniques and pedagological strategies relating to ARS use are discussed, including question construction. ARS technology can enliven teaching practice and allow students to become invested and engaged in the learning process.
International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
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Mareno, Nicole; Bremner, Marie; and Emerson, Christie (2010) "The Use of Audience Response Systems in Nursing Education: Best Practice Guidelines," International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship: Vol. 7 : Iss. 1, Article 32. DOI: 10.2202/1548-923X.2049