Introduction

 

iClicker is a third party program used by many to poll their classes during lecture. Main program support is provided by the iClicker company. ITS provides access to the necessary instructor hardware and the base stations in the classrooms. ITS also coordinates the integration of the tool with our LMS, UVaCollab. 

Before the Semester

  1. Order Devices:  

    Many faculty at UVa incorporating clickers in their courses use iClicker 2. Faculty should include the appropriate ISBN (1429280476) in their book order. It’s best to order iClicker2 devices separately (rather than in a textbook bundle) since students may already own the device. A student can use the same device in multiple classes. 

  2. Verify your Classroom has a Base Station: 

    Please check your room, and if it does not have an iclicker base unit on the podium, please request one by contacting classroom support at classrooms@virginia.edu. We will have a base installed for you.

  3. Obtain an Instructor Kit: 

    To obtain an instructor kit email classrooms@virginia.edu to arrange to pick up one from our support office in New Cabell 300. The kit includes an instructor remote and a test base station for your use. Note: Current best practice is to keep your program data in an iClicker folder that you have set upon your Home Directory (or on your own laptop). By doing so, you will have access to all your data from your office, home, or classroom.

  4. Using UVaCollab: 

    If you integrated iClicker into UVaCollab, you can easily grade assignments and import your data into your gradebook. For the most current copies of the needed software and notification of changes it is recommended that you join the Clickers Site in UVaCollab. This site is open to all (Navigate to MyWorkspace: Membership: Joinable). The latest versions of the software are available for download from the Resources Section.

Before Your First Class

  1. Obtain the software locally from UVaCollab, not from iClicker.com:  Current Version is 7.18
    The latest version of the iClicker software combined with the files that make UVaCollab integration possible can be found on the Clicker site on UVaCollab. Once you have downloaded the appropriate zipped file, expand the files into a folder on your Home Directory or directly to your laptop if you don’t use the classroom computer for teaching. Click this link to join the site (requires log in to UVaCollab).
    • Download the appropriate ZIP file for either Windows or MacOS
    • Create a new folder on your Home Directory ( http://its.virginia.edu/homedir ) to hold your new files. The file version changes frequently, so it is a good practice to download a new set of files each semester. You can use a naming convention similar to 2018-spring-iclicker, 2018-fall-iclicker, etc., to keep the files separate.
    • Unzip the downloaded files to this directory.  Run the software directly from your new folder check for updates from within the program for optimal UVA/Sakai functionality.
  2. Install the iClicker Tool in Collab:
    In the UVACollab site for your course, install the iClicker Tool.  This will allow your students to register their devices for your class.
    • Site Info
    • Edit Tools
    • Check the box for iClicker
    • Save
  3. Verify Your Settings:
    The software ZIP file contains all of the necessary files you need. Please check to make sure the software is set up for use with our Sakai LMS (UVaCollab)
        1. Start iClicker 

        2. Select the New button to create a new course. Enter your course information and save 

        3. Choose your course 

        4. Select My Settings | CMS/Registration Tab | Sakai 

        Click Set for Course 

        iClicker provides videos explaining these requirements. Part 1: Setting Up iClicker Integrated, Step 1 has been done for you. I-Clicker's support pages provide video instructions for 

        • Setting up iClicker Integrate 

        • Synchronizing your Roster 

        • Uploading iClicker Polling Data into your LMS (UVaCollab) 

    iClicker also provides videos explaining these requirements.  Part 1: Setting Up iClicker Integrate, Step 1 has been done for you.

Using iClicker

  1. Support for the actual use of the software is provided by the iClicker company and its representatives. ITS acts as a liaison between UVa and iClicker to coordinate the integration with UVaCollab and to provide hardware support for the rooms. The website is http://support.iclicker.com/.
  2. If you are using the provided computer, the base station will be connected to this computer for you.
  3. If you are using your laptop, you should plan on bringing your personal base station to class to use and the USB cable provided with your base.  Please do not detach the USB able connected to the room computer as this will impact your fellow instructors adversely. 
  4. iClicker provides a comprehensive Instructor Checklist for you at their site.
  5. To ask a question, navigate to your Home Directory or other location of the iclicker folder you created to start the program. iClicker runs directly from your Home Directory . No files are stored on the room computer.
  6. iClicker has detailed instructions available at their website.

For More Information

    1. Join the Clickers UVaCollab site: There is an active community of faculty using clickers at UVa. They have a joinable UVaCollab site called Clickers that is maintained by the ITS Classroom Support staff. Click this link to join the site (requires log in to UVaCollab).
    2. Attend a Webinar: iClicker provides complementary training webinars. You can register for live sessions or view recorded sessions from their support web page.

    3. Ask your peers. Many faculty use the iClicker software in their classes. Ask around. Help may be very near.

 

 

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