Audience response systems (ARSs) are highly versatile and flexible tools that can be used in a variety of ways. Whether you’re looking to promote engagement at a conference talk or take fast opinion polling at a company meeting, an ARS could be ideal for the situation. Here are five great ways to use an audience response system.
1. Staff learning
ARSs are a very useful tool for staff training and workshops as they can deal with everything from opinion gathering to testing. Testing can be completed very quickly and efficiently, and responders do not need fear being embarrassed if they get a question wrong, as the response can be anonymous. This can also instantly give you an understanding over whether an idea has been well understood or whether you need to go over it in a different way.
There are a wide range of ways that you could use an ARS to take a survey. This could apply, for example, as part of a presentation at a conference or at an in-house issue. If you are trying to get feedback from staff about a particular process or situation in the company, an ARS allows for anonymous and honest answers to be collected immediately so that it can be analysed.
The use of the ARS can lead into critical discussions and the sharing of ideas in a way that can be extremely useful. Unlike a pen-and-paper survey, responses can be read simultaneously and others can provide their ideas that relate to a specific issue.
Gamification is a way of using fun elements of gameplay as a part of a talk or presentation. This is a brilliant way to engage audiences to participate with your talk – in doing so you are drawing them in to the idea that you are promoting. This can be extremely valuable and useful. There are lots of different creative ways that you can gamify a talk – either through interactive questions or audience polls.
4. Team building
One unusual way to use an ARS is as a part of a team building exercise. You can split the group up into teams and then answer questions or solve problems together. This could then be fed into the ARS as the teams brainstorm solutions and come up with different ideas. You could also set up a simple quiz that could be answered individually.
5. Risk management
Handheld clicker systems can be invaluable as a part of risk assessments. You can bring members of a team together in order to collate responses and ensure that many different perspectives are taken into account as you evaluate risk. Using the powerful software this data can then be presented as graphs or other visual representations to give a clearer picture of the potential issues involved with a project or task.