iClicker - Best Practices for Instructors
Modified on: Fri, May 26, 2017 at 11:30 AM
- Inform students “Why are we using iClicker?”
- Oftentimes students feel like iClicker is just an extra "thing" or busywork for them to do. If you can communicate with your students (up-front) that iClicker is more than busywork and that it's really a tool used to not only record attendance, but a tool for you to use to gauge comprehension of the course topics, students will be eager to use it (and participate). Students pay ~$20/year for iClicker - make it more than just attendance!
- Explain scoring expectations to students
- Indicate how you will award iClicker points for the students who come to class and participate. Some instructors like to award one (1) point per question and if the student answers the question correctly, they'll receive one (1) point. If the student answers the question, but not correctly, because the student attempted the question (and participated), the instructor will award that student 1/4 of the points possible. Make sure the students understand how the points will work so they are eager to participate and share in your expectations, too!
- iClicker should be worth between 5 and 10% of the overall score
- Sync scores weekly so students know their status
- Many instructors find it helpful to sync their iClicker scores with their gradebook immediately after class. That allows the student to know where they are (point-wise) in the course, but it also helps them know what topics they need to study up on. When using Canvas, please make sure to update your points column as it pertains to iClicker prior to syncing.
- Set a registration deadline and provide customized resources
- Set a deadline for when the student must "link" (or sync) their iClicker account with your LMS. That way, students will be able to get all setup before you start asking iClicker questions during class (and obtain the optimal amount of points). Include (in your syllabus or on hand-outs) in-depth instructions on how and what the students need to do to setup iClicker. This article includes a syllabus template that you may download for your use.
- Include explicit documentation on how to connect with Blackboard/Canvas (see Syllabus attachment below)
- Show iClicker column but do not include in overall score calculation until the end of the semester (option 1)
- Explain how the screenshots will be used in class if at all – and if for review
- Starter Kit for Instructors: https://reef-education.com/instructor-kits/
- Custom Mizzou Video: https://vimeo.com/user14633956/review/151536952/880ebb7abc
- Contact iClicker support: https://community.macmillan.com/community/iclicker-support
- On the first week of class, only use iClicker as a trial run not for actual credit
- Check the base connection status prior to starting the polling session
- Consider using an icebreaker during the first week of class
- Always export i>clicker points, session information, etc., into an excel file at the end of the semester and save it for later.
- Have students use either the classroom wifi or their data package.
- Have students turn off wifi for all other devices not being used at that time.
- The instructor computer should be hard-wired to the internet.
- If students have trouble logging into the wifi network, have them click the “forget” button on their device and try again.
- If students have trouble logging into the app, have them go through the browser, and vice versa.
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