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Tutorials - i>Clicker vs Top Hat

i>Clicker

i>Clicker is a classroom response system based on 5 response choices (A-E).

Top Hat

Top Hat is a classroom response system allowing students to use any device (cell phone, smartphone, laptop, tablet) as an input method.

Pros

  • Easy setup and question creation
  • 1 year battery life (2 or 3 AA batteries depending on model)
  • Not distracting for students
  • Very simple and problem free for both students and faculty
  • Easily create questions on the fly

Pros

  • Mulitple question types including text response
  • Advanced response analysis including heat maps, image maps, and word clouds for text responses
  • Students use any device for input including laptop, cell phone, smartphone, tablet.
  • Does not need any additional equipment in the room: works from a web browser, available anywhere.

Cons

  • Only allows multiple choice questions
  • Students more frequently forget to bring their clicker to class than their personal electronics
  • Simplistic analysis of results
  • Requires equipping the room with a receiver prior to be used.

Cons

  • Cumbersome setup for faculty
  • Steeper learning curve for students
  • If student’s personal device has no battery life, student receives no credit for attendance or in-class tests (average battery life being < 24 hours)

Price to Students

$36 for a new device, $27 for a used one; no subscription fees. i>Clicker can be returned back to the bookstore at any time for $18.75.

Free for instructors/institution

Price to Students

Subscription fee: $20 for one semester, $30 – one year, $38 for 5 years.

Free for instructors/institution

Blackboard Integration

Simple initial setup which allows for easily uploading and updating multiple columns with only a few mouse clicks. Blackboard will hold a column for every session ensuring that students are up to date with all of their grades.

Blackboard Integration

Integration with Blackboard will be arriving sometime in the Fall semester. This will allow a single cumulative grade column called “Top Hat Grade” to be synced into the Blackboard grade center. Alternatively, grades can be exported and imported into Blackboard with a few intermediate steps.

All statements on this page are the result of independent testing done by the Faculty Devlopment Center and will not necessarily coincide with your experience

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Faculty Development Center
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Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 207.581.1925
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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