Audience Response Systems: The Future of Education and Training
By Amanda Martin
May 14, 2017
What is simultaneously used in some 118 NHS Trusts, used with some 1,500 employees of Jaguar Land Rover and has been implemented in over 10,000 schools and Universities globally?
Qwizdom’s Audience Response hardware and software.
So what exactly is this technology, and why is it revolutionising education and training?
Audience response isn’t new in itself.
The ancient Romans used the thumbs up or down symbol to decide the fate of their Gladiators. Applause or boo-ing is another form of audience response we’ve been using in entertainment and political spheres for centuries.
Innovation in technologies has, however, not only increased the ways audiences can respond to live action presentations, training and learning environments, but has also transformed how we can collect and utilise the real data within those reactions.
Qwizdom audience response systems (also referred to as classroom response, student clickers or interactive voting systems) were first developed for use in a high school classroom.
Created by a science teacher who was trying to enhance ‘in the moment’ learning, while developing methods that saved him and colleagues time. Thirty-one years later, throughout the world schools and companies (like Hyundai, Union Pacific, Jaguar, and many more) use Qwizdom to facilitate learning and instantly gather data.
Their infographic highlights how audience response systems help presenters and trainers solve a few of the most common challenges which include:
Traditional Training Challenges
Keeping Participants’ Attention: Presenters have to compete with the consistent buzz of smartphones, caused by the endless seam of status updates, emails and texts. Not only that, the average adult attention span is only 10 minutes. Presenters and trainers have to grab and hold someone’s attention for 10 minutes and then do something else to buy another 10 minutes.
Track and Document Performance: Employers are looking for cost effect methods to track employee performance and/or document training effectiveness for compliance with legal and industry regulations.
Engage Everyone: Putting a keypad (or smart polling app) in everyone’s hands encourages active participation. Responses can be anonymous and displayed to spark discussions. Presenters can pose questions throughout a presentation, keeping everyone on their toes. In addition, participants receive right and wrong feedback on the device, allowing them to recognize their strengths and target areas for professional growth.
Use Existing Materials: You can use Survey Bar over the top of any application for quick polls, or integrate our response systems with Microsoft’s PowerPoint. Additionally, our Answer Key application can be used with paper exams, including certification tests, for instant grading and performance tracking.
Capture Accurate Data: All results are collected instantly and can be viewed in real time or exported post-session in a variety of reporting formats. Reports are available in Excel, Flash, and PDF formats, helping to reduce unnecessary paperwork and save time.
The latest Audience Response technology is now moving education and training to a place where instant grading and reporting allows trainers to provide instant results and monitor learning progression. In schools, students are using their everyday smart devices to get fully involved in once-boring large scale lectures. And in corporate training and the traditional “death-by-PowerPoint” presentation world, plugins enable speakers to pose questions to the whole audience, or individual members, and display the results for discussion in real time.
So is it making a difference? Users believe so.
Jaguar Land Rover, one of the world’s largest and most formidable car manufacturing brands, implemented the system to great success in their Apprenticeship and Training programme.
As part of the Technical Certificate standards training 1,500 trainees were required to answer 360 questions. With such large numbers, a system was required that would collate the data quickly to provide instant feedback and reports for training records.
The Qwizdom Q2 remote system was deployed so that trainees could use their handsets to respond to large volumes of questions and this data was captured instantly allowing for live feedback and reports which were kept for training records;
“The issue we had at Jaguar Land Rover was that the Technical Certificate standards required the candidates to answer 360 questions and we have 1,500 candidates (that’s 540,000 questions in total). Obviously this volume of questions would not be cost effective to set and mark in the traditional manner and this is where Qwizdom came into its own by reducing the amount of time to conduct the assessment sessions, giving the assessor and candidates immediate feedback on their performance. Our Awarding body EAL also gave their approval to using this method of capturing data relating to the candidates knowledge assessment” – Mick McGarrell, Training Manager.
Qwizdom is a market leading provider of learning and training solutions through the use of audience participation systems and innovative software that allows users to fully engage the audience, be it in a classroom, conference room or training room.
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