The social norms marketing campaign is improved through alcohol education sessions utilizing clicker technology. In the sessions, students use hand-held wireless devices that transmit personal responses to questions asked, and their responses are instantly displayed as graphs. This immediate feedback shows students the gap between their perception and the reality of actual alcohol use on campus.
These sessions challenge participants to observe healthy behaviors rather than the unhealthy behaviors that often seem more visible. Data have demonstrated that students who participate in the clicker sessions have more accurate perceptions of normative alcohol use than those who do not attend a session and are more likely to limit their alcohol use.
This fall, through real-time clicker feedback, 1,867 incoming students were able to see that while most of them perceived that only 30% of Americans support LGBT people in being who they are, their own responses revealed that 89% of those freshman support LGBT people in being who they are.
Knowing the difference in perception versus reality is very useful, to both college health professionals and students, and that’s why we at VCU love our clickers. Anyone have other questions they have found helpful in making their campus healthier?
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