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Student-Created App Gauges Classroom Mood

InstantFeedback_GMAG_WebFor their hard work on a smart phone app that advances a widespread feedback system in academia and enables instructors to query students at a moment”s notice, three students at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) are 2013 finalists in the Georgia STEM Education Awards classroom technology category, sponsored by the Technology Association of Georgia.

The students – Robert Curtis, Derek Donaldson and Kyle Dornblaser – created The Clicker, an interactive classroom response app now being piloted in GGC classrooms.

“The intention is that the instructor gets a better capture of the mood of the class,” says Dr. Robert Lutz, assistant professor of IT in the GGC School of Science and Technology. “Ideally, we”d like to be able to tell how sure someone is of his or her answer.”

Curtis, also a software engineer with Gwinnett-based Eclipse Gaming Systems, says, “There are a few commercial products that do the same thing as our software program, but they are more expensive and we are looking to integrate this clicker with a brain-computer interface (BCI).”

Students continue work on that companion technology, to measure emotional responses simultaneously with manual responses via The Clicker.

Lutz explains that “through integration with our no-cost, “bring your own device” clicker software, BCIs could provide instructors with deeper and more valuable insights into students” frustration and excitement levels in the classroom.”