How do I select which Purdue-supported student response system I should use (Hotseat or iClickers)?


Purdue supports two student response systems. These are used within a class to solicit student questions, answers, etc. The instructor can then use this information to determine student understanding, lead discussions, etc. For more general information on how to use iClickers, click here. For more information on how to use Hotseat, click here.


A comparison of the features, compatibility, assessment, and usabilityof Hotseat to iClicker




Anonymous Polling Yes Yes
Demographics Filtering   Yes
Question Lists Yes Yes
Presenter Console Yes Yes
Open-Text Response Yes Yes
Response via SMS Texting Yes  
Image Sharing Yes  
Student Accountability Yes Yes
Startup On-Site Help Yes Yes
Student must be in room to use   Yes


Windows and Mac Compatible

Yes Yes

Purdue Authentication

Yes Yes

iOS Devices (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad)


Android Devices




Google Nexus


End-User Cost

$0 $16 - $50

For assessment

Students enrollment Instructors enroll students by importing Roster from Excel Students enroll themselves through BlackBoard Learn
Grading Integration with BB Learn (automatic) Integration with BB Learn (automatic)


Requires a software install to use No No (Instructor side Yes)
Number of users per receiver PAL 3.0 says 100 per AP#* 1500
Range of Wireless Worldwide* 200ft

Interactivity with other software

Blackboard Learn Yes Yes
Facebook Yes  
Mobile Devices Yes  

# AP = access point

* WiFi access would be a factor for classes where students are using PAL Internet connections. WiFi access would not be a factor for classes where many students were using a device connecting via a cellular network

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