Clickers are wireless handheld devices that allow students to respond individually to in-class polls and quizzes, sending instant responses from the whole class to the instructor's computer. Clickers are also known as a type of Classroom Response System (CRS).
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Using iClickers in Physics Courses
Marcello Pavan uses iClickers to get the class engaged. Breaking up the lecturing with an in-class activity really helps to keep the class focused and interested. iClickers are great for checking if most students are "getting it”, and if not, it provides a perfect segue into a class discussion...
Using iClickers in Psychology Courses
Catherine Rawn uses clickers every class period for numerous purposes. She asks "multiple choice questions to test whether students understand a previous concept before moving on to something new, to spark discussion... (ARTS ISIT, 2016)
Clickers work in-class with multiple-choice questions, and effective questions engage students in higher-level learning throughout a class session. Consider what questions might work well and when to present them.
In addition to taking basic attendance, Clicker exercises can help:
To use Clickers with Canvas, you will need to download the iClicker Classic software onto your computer. You can do so here:
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If you need to download a copy of iClicker and do not have/need to get a CWL, you can download it directly from the iClicker Website (note: downloading iClicker this way does not allow for synchronization with Canvas), or contact support for more help.
You can add a link to iClicker on the side bar of your Canvas course by following these steps:
Your students will now be able to register their clickers to your course. While the email address field must be filled out, students not do need to provide a real email address.
Students might see the following message when they try to register their clicker in Canvas which is caused by the browser blocking third party cookies from loading:
To register a student clicker in Canvas, students will need to allow cookies following the steps below:
Your classroom will need a receiver base station to receive and process student votes. Check to see if your room already has a clicker base installed (see list of rooms for Vancouver or Okanagan). If it is not equipped:
The iClicker receiver base can be connected via USB to a laptop or podium computer. The USB port for your flash drive can be found on the right side of the iClicker base receiver.
If using a fixed classroom base, the iClicker USB switcher near the podium (see picture) has to be set to either a laptop or podium computer input in order for the receiver to function. The location of the switcher may vary depending on the design of the podium. To switch the input, press and hold the button on the switcher for two seconds.
Learn more about connecting iClicker with classroom hardware.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule one-on-one training sessions. Support is provided by the Learning Technology Hub and individual instructional support units.
Additional questions about Clickers are answered in the FAQ for Instructors in the Wiki.