Use of “Clickers” to Increase the Knowledge of and Interaction Between Workshop Participants

Alison Robertson, Faculty, Department of Plant Pathology


Participants at many disease diagnosis training workshops vary in their level of knowledge.  Participants that are new to agribusiness are often shy about asking questions.  The use of clickers in such workshops allows all participants to answer questions posed to them anonymously.  Since answers are immediately tallied and displayed.  Interaction between the instructor and the participants also increases with this technology.  Thus the use of clickers enables more active learning.


(1) To track the level of understanding and progress amongst workshop participants
(2) To increase interaction amongst workshop participants and Dr Alison Robertson


Interactive PowerPoint presentations about diseases of corn and soybean were created and delivered at the following Agribusiness education Winter Schools: Fine Tuning Continuous Corn and Soybean Production.  Clicker questions posed at the beginning of the workshop session were asked again at the end of the session.  Thus data were collected that allowed Dr Robertson to track an increase in knowledge.  Answers to the clicker questions were discussed at the end of the session


Use of clicker technology allowed Dr Robertson to efficiently track increased knowledge of crop disease diagnosis by the participants.  For example, at the Soybean Production Winter School, the percentage of participants that correctly answered clicker questions at the beginning of the session on soybean diseases ranged from 16-42%; at the end of the session, the number of participants correctly answering the same clicker questions increased to 72-89%.  The questions enabled Dr Robertson to identify misunderstanding that participants might have about certain crop diseases and correct them. Other outcomes included an increased degree of interactivity between participants and Dr Robertson, and fun, active learning. 

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