In 1997, the University of Illinois Physics department embarked on a major reform of their introductory classes. They modeled their lectures after the successful concept tests, introduced at Harvard University, in which conceptual questions are posed and students are allowed to discuss possible answers with their neighbors.
Their journey eventually led four of the Illinois Physicists— Tim Stelzer, Mats Selen, Gary Gladding, and Benny Brown to develop their own wireless radio frequency system—iClicker—to further enable student engagement and peer learning. They focused the development of their solution on keeping students’ attention on course content, not technology.
In 2005, Macmillan acquired iClicker, allowing for significant investments in iClicker’s hardware and software. The inventors have remained active every step of the way, focused on both the dependability and pedagogy of our system.
Today, every decision made at iClicker is made based on what works in the learning environment, feedback from our user community and continuing pedagogical research.