Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 09:26:04 -0400

Author: Gerald Zani

Subject: RE: SRS


Jerry D.,

We've arranged it so that the students sign out their responder from the
LIBRARY! for the semester.
I don't get involved with that.
This is important because it could create extra work for your department.

The compilation of the semesters total responses is done for the faculty as
a service by the called the Scholarly Technology Group at Brown. The
faculty does not have to do it.

I made a special cart that holds the PRS system, a laptop and a video
projector that I install and remove quickly when requested. If the faculty
needs the student responses I upload the files from the laptop to a
directory on the department server. -- JZ

At 05:08 PM 5/19/2005, you wrote:
> I've been using the EduCue system for about four years now with no
>problems. Students throw 'em, drop 'em, and mash on the buttons and I
>think I've had one of them truly fail in the four years. I've had to
>"reset" one or two of them using a reset pin in the back, but that takes
>about two minutes.
> The interface is pretty simple. It takes about ten minutes to get
>it up and going. No problems with range or reception once we solved a
>bit of confusion about two receiver interference.
> It is a one way system, so the students need to be able to see the
>summary screen to confirm their answer has been received. This is no
>problem in my 60 student classes, but I understand in large 400 student
>lecture halls, this might be a show-stopper.
> Tech-support got a little iffy when they sold the company, but it's
>still pretty good.
> The only draw back I've had is it's inability to summarize an entire
>term's worth of answers in one chart. (I'm told by the vendor that I'm
>the only guy in the history of the unit that wanted to issue points to
>the students based on a term's worth of grades. Really?) We wrote a
>small piece of software make the summary conversion.
> tom
>Dr. Tom Carter
>College of DuPage
>(o) 630-942-3346
>-----Original Message-----
>[] On Behalf Of Jerry DiMarco
>Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 9:42 AM
>Subject: SRS
> We just finished a trial semester using a student response system
>from Turning Technologies. It was difficult, to put it mildly, mostly
>because the student transmitter devices were failing in droves. Other
>parts of the system seemed to work as advertised, but by the end of the
>semester the instructors were looking for other vendors. This topic has
>been discussed a few times before so I'm hoping someone has found a
>response system that has reliable hardware, no software bugs, and is not
>maintainence nightmare. If so, would you mind sharing your experience
>again. Thanks in advance...
> Jerry DiMarco
> Manager of Lecture Demonstrations and Instructional Labs
> Montana State Univ., Physics Dept.
> Bozeman, MT
>Our Motto: "There's a demo in there somewhere."

Gerald Zani e-mail:
Manager of Demonstrations phone: (401) 863-3964
Department of Physics FAX: (401) 863-2024
Brown University Providence, RI 02912-1843 USA

Do a little more of that work which you have confessed to be good,
Which you feel that society and your most Just Judge rightly demand of you.
Cultivate the tree which you have found to bear fruit in your soil.
If you have any experiments you would like to try, try them.
Now's your chance.

Henry David Thoreau, Journal entry, 1850.

From Fri May 20 09:36:21 2005