CLiKAPAD audience response systems are a vital staff training aid used by many of the UK’s largest and most successful companies. Promoting interactivity and engagement between speakers and audiences can make a huge difference to the outcomes of training sessions, creating a more fun and focused environment. Using audience response keypads is one of the most effective ways to do this.
Response systems can be used across multiple disciplines, from livening up health and safety briefings to adding a different dimension to strategy planning sessions. Regardless of the type of training session, if you can engage the audience you will have a more successful learning experience and this is where CLiKAPAD can help.
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Training using an audience response system
In modern business practice, high quality staff training is more important than ever. No matter whether you are teaching staff members in-house or taking them to a multi-day session away from the workplace, you need to ensure that you are getting the most out of this time.
A CLiKAPAD system gives every member of an audience a voting keypad and, using our ppvote software, you can then design your own custom presentation slides that incorporate the facility to monitor and display the feedback you get from your audience using the keypads. This can be used to quiz or test participants. The system can be entirely tailored to your needs.
How to effectively use CLiKAPAD for training
How can the use of an audience response system be beneficial in the delivery of training? The use of voting keypads within a training environment is becoming increasingly popular. Here are just some of the ways CLiKAPAD technology is used in training sessions.
1 – Assessing Training Requirements
Starting a training session with a handful of voting questions not only engages the trainees right from the offset, but also gives the trainer an instant feel as to which areas the group as a whole find most challenging. The session can then be adjusted placing emphasis on the items that the group displayed the least knowledge of.
2 – Increasing engagement and injecting fun
Including a quiz as part of the session is a great way to keep the trainees engaged and energised. Introducing an element of competition in the form of a quiz can be a great way to increase involvement. Keypads can even be put into groups providing a winning team rather than pitting individuals against each other.
The use of teams can be highly effective as it provokes discussion within teams, enabling peer to peer learning. Winners can be displayed instantly whether you are running the quiz in teams or individually.
3 – Ensuring participation for all, giving an equal voice to the quietest participants
One keypad = one vote. No matter how quiet an individual is, using a keypad ensures everyone is able to respond to questions and express their views.
4 – Increase retention as well as engagement
Numerous studies have shown that the use of an audience response system increases long term retention.
There has been extensive positive research in relation to the benefits of such a system within a training environment.
“To increase learner-engagement, medical education and health-profession education, in general, including many continuing medical education programs are increasingly turning to ARS as a tool to promote learner participation and create an interactive learning environment”
“Recent studies from both health-profession education and higher-education settings have reported significant improvement in learning and knowledge-retention”
Academic Psychiatry, 36:5, September-October 2012 http://ap.psychiatryonline.org
One example from the American Journal of Roentgenology states that:
“Use of appropriate interactive teaching techniques facilitates residents’ learning and retention of material. In our study, long-term retention was especially improved with use of an interactive lecture style”
To read more see: http://www.ajronline.org/doi/abs/10.2214/AJR.07.3038
5 – Measuring effectiveness
A great measure of the effectiveness of training is to track the confidence of the trainees. Start the session by asking the trainees to assess their own understanding of a topic on a simple 1-5 scale.
Repeat that assessment throughout or at the end of the session and compare the results. With the CLiKAPAD voting system you can display the results from multiple questions on one slide, therefore the before and after comparison can easily be viewed.
6 – Identifying further training requirements
Voting results can be tracked for the group as a whole, by individual trainee and by demographic groups. If questions posed at the end of the session are not being answered correctly you can plan for further training accordingly.
This may be by tracking trainees by name or if anonymity is required you could track the results by specific groups, such as departments.
7 – Evaluation
The keypads can also be used for an end of session evaluation to gain feedback about the quality of the training and any materials used.
In addition to the ideas above, the keypads can be used for a wide range of purposes across the business as a whole including project planning meetings, staff satisfaction surveys and conferences.
To find out more about our CLiKAPAD audience response systems and their use in training sessions, please get in contact with us today.