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Interactive Lecture Theatre

PRS Handset and Receiver

Information Services has introduced an "Interactive Lecture Theatre" service (using a Personal Response System), which encourages a much richer form of engagement between lecturer and student.

Lecturers pose questions using an enhanced version of Powerpoint. Students ‘vote’ using simple handsets. The results can then be summarised and reflected back to the class, ‘instantly’ in the form of charts such as pie charts or bar graphs. The service potentially, could support any class size up to 750 students. 

While simple in context, this system is extremely effective at developing new forms of teacher - student engagement. A simple “what do you think” question with four options can become the starting point for rich debate, while mcq type questions can test knowledge on a regular basis so ensuring that the class is in touch with the course being taught. The system can also support collaboration and peer support through group engagement.

Important Note: Before you can get access to the Personal Response System (PRS) handsets, you must attend the "Using the PRS in your Classes" course, which is bookable through Queen's Online.

If you have attended the course and would like to book the PRS, send your request to, clearly stating the following:

  • Amount of handsets you require
  • The time, date and location for your booking


If you are interested in using the PRS to create an interactive leature, visit the Centre for Educational Developmentwebsite, where there is a wealth of information including:

  • Guidelines for use of the PRS
  • Why use the PRS in lectures?
  • Case Studies on the use of PRS in Queen's
  • Useful Links to Related Articles

If you require additional support with using the PRS, email David Robinson.