1.) Obtain iClicker Training
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, course, section and the classroom in which you will be teaching.
- A staff member from Educational Technologies will contact you to provide training for using iClicker and help you integrate it into your curriculum
2.) Setup prior to new semester
- The Mizzou campus now has a site license for iClicker. Your students will not need to purchase a clicker or a subscription. You no longer need to inform the bookstore of your intent to use iClicker. The bookstore will no longer sell any physical clicker devices and these devices will not be supported in the classroom.
- Please update your iClicker cloud software to the iClicker Cloud version 5.0. This is a mandatory update. Centrally scheduled classrooms will already be up to date. Contact your department's IT pro if you use a departmental classroom or need to have your office computer updated. This software has a brand new look and feel so please get familiar with the new interface before beginning class.
- Please follow this guide to setup your new iClicker courses and link them with your Canvas course sites
3.) Import the student instructions module into your Canvas course sites from the Canvas commons.
These materials will make the semester go much more smoothly for you and your students! They are designed to be edited to fit the parameters of your course. Follow this guide to import the module. This module will include the following materials:
- Quick start guide for students
- First week of class PowerPoint
- Syllabus statement
- Contact information for iClicker support
- Welcome video for students
4.) In the Classroom
- The instructor computer should be hard-wired to the internet.
- Consider installing the instructor iClicker Cloud app on your smart phone. Search for "iClicker Cloud" in the app store on Apple or Google. This app allows you to control your polling session and also advance your slides remotely. You may also control everything from the classroom computer if you prefer.
5.) The first week of class:
- 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 not only to record attendance but to gauge comprehension of the course topics, students will be eager to use it (and participate).
- Show the First Day PowerPoint in class (imported from Canvas commons)
- Only use iClicker as a trial run for the first few classes, not for actual credit
- Consider using iClicker with icebreaker questions during the first few classes
- Set a deadline for when the student must "link" (or sync) their iClicker account with Canvas. These instructions can be imported from Canvas commons. That way, students will be able to get set up before you start asking iClicker questions during class (and obtain the optimal amount of points).
- Include explicit documentation on how to connect with Canvas
- Explain how question screenshots will be used in class, if at all - and if for review
6.) In the Grade Book
- Sync scores weekly so students know their status
- Many instructors find it helpful to sync their iClicker scores with their grade book 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.
- iClicker should be worth between 5 and 10% of the overall score.
- Show the iClicker column but do not include in the overall score calculation until the end of the semester
- Always export iClicker points, session information, etc., into an Excel file at the end of the semester and save it for later
7.) Explain scoring expectations to students
- Indicate how you will award iClicker points for the students who 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 students understand how the points will work so they are eager to participate and share in your expectations, too!
8.) Using the App in Class
- 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.
- 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