AUDIENCE RESPONSE SYSTEMS
What is an Audience Response System?
An audience response system is a usually web-based application that allows you to survey your participants in real time.
Other Common Names
Other common names for lesson plan include:
- Live Engagement Tools
- Polling Software
- Web-based software
- Audience can respond through text messaging or a website
- No additional equipment or hardware is needed as long as participants have a device such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer
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Elements that bond with Audience Response Systems
Providing participants with an opportunity to be self-directed learners is a key element of adult learning theory. Integrating an audience response system into a session can provide learners with opportunities to share their thoughts, uncover their needs, and allow you to modify the lesson in the moment as a response.
While throwing a poll or a survey to your audience from time to time can be a fun way to engage with them, audience response–based activities will always be more powerful when they’re designed intentionally into the flow of your program and serve as one element (among many) that helps your learners get to a sufficient level of understanding.
In addition to relying on traditional evaluation tools such as a smile sheet or other formal assessment, many web-based audience response systems allow you to download poll results to use as a data point following a session.