Communication preference and the effectiveness of clickers

Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Abstract


In this research a web-based classroom response system ("clickers") was used in the teaching of an intermediate level economics course. Clickers gives students a chance to respond to the lecturer’s question privately, encouraging students who might not typically speak up in class to express their thoughts and opinions. The purpose of this research is to (i) find out if the use of clickers is beneficial to students taking economics, and (ii) examine if students’ communication preference (e.g. instant messaging, face-to-face conversations, etc.) has an impact on the effectiveness of clickers in improving learning outcomes. An end-of-semester questionnaire and students’ examination performance were used to assess the effectiveness of clickers in this research. According to the questionnaire results, around 75% of the students in the clickers treatment group generally agreed that clickers allowed them to express their views more freely. We also observed that students who prefer to use instant messaging rather than making conversations are generally more positive towards clickers. The use of clickers also benefits the lecturer – students’ rating of the lecturer in the teaching evaluation was significantly higher for the clickers treatment group. Comparing the examination scores of the clickers treatment group and control group, the treatment group performed considerably better and statistically significant differences were found basing on paired t-tests on the differences. Our regression analysis further discovered that the use of clickers has the most significant positive effect on students who prefer to communicate through instant messaging.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event11th Asian Conference on Education (ACE 2019): Independence & Interdependence - Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 31 Oct 20193 Nov 2019


Conference11th Asian Conference on Education (ACE 2019)
Abbreviated titleACE 2019


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