Increasing Active Engagement: Guidelines for Using Student Response Systems

Melinda Jones Ault, Channon K. Horn

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations


The use of response cards is a research-based strategy to increase active engagement, on-task behavior, and academic responding. With new and affordable mobile technologies, teachers now have access to a host of high-tech digital student response systems to increase engagement. This article describes the logistical, management, and pedagogical considerations for teachers using such systems. This article provides guidelines for teachers when planning, implementing, and monitoring the use of student response systems. A classroom example is provided along with data sheets and a graphing system to use when collecting data and evaluating effectiveness. This article also provides a table of digital student response systems including their descriptions and features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-216
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Special Education Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2018.


  • disability
  • engagement
  • on-task
  • student response system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


Dive into the research topics of 'Increasing Active Engagement: Guidelines for Using Student Response Systems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this