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i>clicker/Personal Response Systems

What are i>clickers?

I>clickers, sometimes referred to as classroom response systems or personal response systems, can be used to facilitate more meaningful and interactive learning experiences, by allowing instructors to:

  • gauge prior student knowledge,
  • provide student self assessment opportunities,
  • encourage student discussion and,
  • foster peer instruction.

How it works: Students respond to questions posed by their instructors with easy-to-use hand-held remote devices. When the instructor starts the polling, the i>clicker system collects all of the student votes. When polling is finished, the instructor displays a chart of the graphical/statistical distribution of votes to the students via the classroom projector screen. 

i>clickers for discussion groups and peer instruction

i>clickers can be powerful peer instruction tools.

Peer instruction can be facilitated by creating discussion groups and allowing students to discuss solutions to problems as a group prior to voting. Instructors can also allow students to vote individually first before working in groups. A class discussion follows where the instructor can display comparison charts of voting results, before and after peer discussion. See an example of peer instruction in action: Prediction Questions, Simulations, and Times for Telling in #Math216

 

What do I need to use i>clicker?

  • A classroom equipped with a computer and projector
  • i>clicker base/receiver*
  • i>clicker software. Faculty can download the i>clicker software using the following links:
  • Instructor remote (optional)
  • Students with i>clicker remotes (purchased individually from the campus bookstore)*

*To borrow an i>clicker base, contact Media Services at 617.287.5960. i>clicker bases/receivers are also available in several of the TEC 2 classrooms.

*Instructors must order i>clicker remotes for their students ahead of time from the campus bookstore where they may be purchased by students along with required texts for courses.

NOTE: We are not supporting i>clicker GO at the present time due to wireless network constraints.

 

How to use i>clicker

 

Linking students to their i>clicker remotes 

Students may start voting with their i>clicker remotes on the first day of class. i>clicker keeps track of individual student voting data via the Clicker ID printed on the back of each remote.

To record voting data for individual students so they can receive class participation points, student names must be linked to their i>clicker remotes. You will be able to link student remotes provided the students have;

  1. used their i>clicker remotes to vote at least once in the classroom and,
  2. registered their i>clicker remotes.

Many instructors wait to complete this step until after the add/drop period has ended so that class rosters will be up to date. When students add or drop, i>clicker remotes must be linked again.

 There are three options for linking students to their remotes depending on use of Blackboard and class size;

 

 

 

Linking i>clicker remotes with i>clicker Integrate

What is i>clicker Integrate?

I>clicker Integrate allows you to easily integrate your i>clicker polling data with your Blackboard Learn courses using a friendly wizard interface that guides you through the process. The software:

  • allows students to register their i>clickers within Blackboard Learn.
  • allows you to sync i>clicker remotes with the Blackboard Learn roster.
  • allows you to easily access i>clicker polling data with the Blackboard Learn grade center.

Guide to using iClicker Integrate  A step by step guide to integrating i>Clicker with your Blackboard Learn course.

 

Questions about i>clicker Integrate

 

 

Common Issues

  • The i>clicker remote screen reports there is "No Base" when a student tries to vote

    The student needs to change the frequency setting on their i>clicker remote to the one the instructor is using. If your instructor hasn't changed the frequency on the base, the default frequency is AA. You'll want to check in with your instructor to see if s/he has changed it.

    View Instructions for changing the frequency on the i>clicker remote, for students.

  • A student is unable to register his/her i>clicker remote because the Clicker ID is no longer visible.

    View Instructions for How to retrieve your Clicker ID.

Getting Help with i>clicker

For help with Questions about i>clicker, including obtaining your Clicker ID (if it is no longer readable) may be directed to Theresa Miller by email at theresa.miller@umb.edu or phone at at 617.287.5208. 


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