Introduction to Personal Response Systems and Studies of their Use

M. Butler and F. Butler (USA)


Educational software and hardware, and student evaluation


This paper provides information about the use of a Personal Response System (PRS) in large lecture sections at West Virginia University. The authors give details on their employment of a PRS in sections of Liberal Arts Math and College Algebra, including setting up the necessary files, writing questions, incorporating questions into lectures, grading questions, and posting scores. In addition, preliminary data from two PRS studies is provided. The first study concerns Liberal Arts Math students’ reactions to PRS use, and the effects PRS has on student performance. The second study involves the experiences of instructors from many disciplines using the technology. The results from the studies are generally positive, and support continued use of PRS. Finally, some plans for improvements of PRS use, and some future research questions to consider, are included.

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