iClicker Student Response Systems

The University of Miami supports the iClicker student response systems from Macmillan for student polling activities in classes. Any student response system consists of the following two components.

  • Instructor system – The instructor software opens polling, stores the answers, takes an image of the instructor’s computer screen, and displays polling results. Instructors can either use iClicker Classic, software that runs and stores all information on a USB flash drive or portable computer, or iClicker Cloud, software that runs on the computer in the classroom but stores all data and information in the cloud at iClicker.com. Both systems are free for instructors.
  • Student response devices – Students respond with either a physical device (iClicker+ or iClicker2) or an app (iClicker Reef) on their smartphone or computer. The instructor determines whether the students will be required to use a specific device type or will be able to select between the two. Either way, the device is handled like a textbook and paid for by the student.

So before proceeding, the instructor will need to choose which software and devices will be used in class.

iClicker Classic or iClicker Cloud?

iClicker Classic

iClicker Cloud

Where is session data stored? Data is Stored Locally

We recommended you download and store your iClicker Classic software on a flash drive so you can carry it with you to lectures, your office, etc.

Data is Stored in the Cloud 

You can run iClicker Cloud polling and quizzing sessions on any computer that has the iClicker Cloud software by simply signing in to your instructor account. You can also sign-in to the iClicker Cloud instructor website to start Class Sessions (i.e. Attendance), manage grades, and view your session history.

Which devices can students use to participate in class? The Choice is Yours

Students can use iClicker 2 or iClicker + remotes; however, you can also enable iClicker Reef in your iClicker Classic course if you would like to allow students to participate in class using their mobile devices, tablets, or laptops.

The Choice is Yours

Students can use iClicker Reef on their mobile devices, tablets, or laptops. You can also enable the use of iClicker remotes in your iClicker Cloud course by plugging an iClicker base into your computer.

What kind of sessions can you run in class? Polling and Quizzing

You can run polling sessions in class. You can also run self-paced polls (only for students using iClicker 2 remotes).

Run Class Sessions that Support Polling, Quizzing & Attendance

From the iClicker Cloud instructor website, you can open Class Sessions to keep track of attendance, then start polling and/or quizzing sessions. Class sessions feature an optional geolocation requirement to ensure students are physically in class when they join your sessions.

What kinds of questions can you ask? Multiple Choice, Numeric* & Short Answer*

You can also ask any question in “anonymous mode” so students can answer sensitive questions anonymously.

*For students participating with iClicker 2 remotes or iClicker Reef only

Multiple Choice, Numeric*, Short Answer* & Target**

You can also ask any question in “anonymous mode” so students can answer sensitive questions anonymously.

*For students participating with iClicker 2 remotes or iClicker Reef only.
**For students participating with iClicker Reef only

How do I add scores to my LMS? The Choice is Yours: Manual or Grade Sync

You can manually export grades from iClicker Classic and upload them to your LMS.

Your campus might be using iClicker Integrate, allowing you to sync grades over to your LMS (Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, D2L, Canvas) with one click. This requires prior setup by your campus administrator.

The Choice is Yours: Manual or Grade Sync

iClicker Cloud provides different options for adding grades from iClicker Cloud to an LMS:

1. Manually export grades from iClicker Cloud and upload them to your LMS.

2. Utilize simple LTI grade sync to send grades from iClicker Cloud into a single column in your LMS; this requires prior set-up by a campus administrator.

3. Utilize Enhanced Grade Sync, which supports both single-column and multiple-column grade sync. Currently, this is only available for Canvas, Blackboard 3400, and Blackboard Ultra.

How do I add my student roster? You must add a roster to iClicker Classic in order to assign grades to students for their polling responses. If you are using iClicker Integrate, you can easily download your roster from your LMS. Otherwise, you must create/update your roster.txt file and sync student registrations with that roster. You do not need to create a roster in iClicker Cloud. Student who register for  your iClicker course in their iClicker Reef accounts (or LMS) are automatically added to the Students section of your course. You can remove students who have dropped the course, if needed.

Support

iClicker Support

For general issues (how to get started, how to set up the software, how to use the system) please contact iClicker.

Our contact person at Macmillan, for bulk purchases and such:

Faculty Setup Instructions for iClicker Classic

  1. Bookmark this page, https://lpt.it.miami.edu/iclicker-student-response-system/, so you can easily access our iClicker information.
  2. If you have not used iClicker Classic before, fill out the form at the http://learn.iclicker.com/KitRequest.html web page. Once it is ordered, it will take 7-10 business days for your free iClicker kit to arrive.  **Make sure to also notify the bookstore, asap (see below).
  3. In order for the bookstore to have iClickers for your students, you need to let them know that you will be using iClickers in your class(es). Handle this just like a textbook. If you will use the iClicker+, the less expensive clicker without alphanumeric input, then give the bookstore ISBN 1319149243. If you will be using the iClicker2, the one with alphanumeric input, give the bookstore ISBN 1319149588.
  4. iClicker will send you a complimentary instructor kit with a base unit (receiver), instructor clicker and student clicker.
  5. Contact Learning Platforms at learningplatforms@miami.edu or 305-284-3949 and request a “Register Clicker” menu item be added to your Blackboard course web site(s). Your students should register their iClickers through your course site on Blackboard, not through the iclicker.com website.

iClicker Software Downloads

Windows iClicker Software    Macintosh iClicker Software

If you have problems downloading, installing, or configuring the iClicker software, you can contact Client Support at 866-209-5698 or support@reef-education.com or support@iclicker.com.

Notes

Please do NOT use the version of the software from the iclicker.com site. It is not integrated with our Blackboard system.
Please do NOT have students register on the iclicker.com web site. Contact blackboardhelp@miami.edu and have a registration link placed on your course site(s) on our Blackboard system.

Faculty Setup Instructions for iClicker Cloud

  1. Bookmark this page, https://lpt.it.miami.edu/iclicker-student-response-system/, so you can easily access our iClicker information.
  2. Download the iClicker Cloud program from https://www.iclicker.com/downloads/iclicker-cloud. A Windows standalone version is available on that page that can be run from a USB flash drive. Get this copy if you will be using a classroom computer on which you cannot install software.
  3. If you will also be allowing students who already have a physical iClicker to use it, contact Learning Platforms at learningplatforms@miami.edu or 305-284-3949 and request a “Register Clicker” menu item be added to your Blackboard course web site(s). Your students should register their iClickers through your course site on Blackboard, not through the iclicker.com website.

iClicker Resources

UM iClicker Resources

If students will only be using physical clickers in your class, you can ignore the next section on Reef. Reef is only important if students will be using smartphones to submit their answers.

What’s the difference between iClicker 7 and Reef?

iClicker Classic is meant for classrooms that will be using mostly clickers and maybe a few cell phones/tablets/laptops.

iClicker Cloud is a new mobile solution that is cloud-based and allows students to use phones/tablets/laptops, instead of or in addition to a clicker. You must have strong wifi in your classroom for this option.

That means that whether the instructor uses iClicker Classic or iClicker Cloud to manage the polling, the students can use either a physical clicker or the Reef Polling app on their internet connected device. The iClicker Classic software is downloaded and run off a USB flash drive (or computer in the classroom) and the data is all stored locally. The instructor using iClicker Cloud can run from any computer provided they have an internet connection and all data is stored in the Cloud.

iClicker and Reef Videos

UM Support