iClicker

 

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Engage students and stimulate discussion with real time multiple choice questions (and much more).
Integrating clicker questions into your course can help to increase student engagement by giving students more opportunities to actively check their understanding of the material and discuss it with classmates. iClicker provides a simple tool that is fully supported and integrates with Connect, making it easy to start integrating these type of activities into your class.

Interested in asking more than just multiple choice questions? iClicker Cloud, now available as a pilot until December 2017, offers the flexibility of asking short answer, numeric, and target type questions from mobile devices. Take advantage of the pilot now by signing up for our workshop!

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How does iClicker work?

iClicker (a type of Classroom Response Systems) are wireless handheld devices or web-based application that allow students to press a button to respond to multiple choice based polls and quizzes that are projected on a screen during class. After students respond to a question, individual student responses are recorded to the instructors computer and then the anonymized class distribution of answers is projected to the screen. After the responses are displayed instructors can use the results to stimulate class discussion or go over the explanation that leads to the correct answer.

 

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Pose a question

Create a question (i.e. multiple choice, short answer, numeric, or target).

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Respond

Students respond with an iClicker remote (Classic) or mobile device (Cloud).

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Track Performance

See and record results instantly!

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Engage

Display results to promote discussion and activity.

How can iClicker help me?

Using iClicker helps to increase the level of student engagement in a large enrolment class through intentional design of questions and activities that require student responses (hence Response Systems). iClicker also can help an instructor in the following ways:

  • gauge the level of knowledge of the students at the beginning of class or provide accountability for completing out of class readings or online work
  • gauge how the level of knowledge has changed as a result of class activities
  • determine distribution of views of students on a topic, or a case study to stimulate discussion
  • use clickers to administer short quizzes to reduce marking.
  • discuss problems with classmates to encourage peer learning

Advantages

  • Currently available for FREE as a pilot (until the end of December 2017) for students.
  • You can insert questions into existing PowerPoint presentations to easily integrate questions into lectures.
  • iClicker is fully integrated with UBC System.
  • Students have the option to purchase an iClicker remote and use it for multiple classes or they may use their mobile device or laptop to respond to questions via iClicker Cloud.
  • You can upload the grades directly to Connect to give students credit for their responses. This can be done either for correct answers (quizzes) or for participation and attendance.

Limitations

  • The iClicker Classic questions are limited to multiple choice questions.
  • Students must purchase the iClicker (Classic) remote should they wish to use a handheld device as opposed to mobile device(s).
  • The iClicker Classic (formerly known as iClicker 7) software can’t easily compare the results of two different questions (or the same question repeated) during the class session.
ContactIcons_ideas   Learn more about how to use iClicker and other Classroom Response Systems on our ideas and strategies page found here.

Integration

  • The iClicker software is fully integrated with Connect, allowing you to upload responses stored on the instructor computer directly into the Connect gradebook to track responses for grades or participation.
  • The iClicker instructor kit (which includes the instructor remote, iClicker software and base unit) are free for instructors to check out from the Arts ISIT Learning Centre.
  • Most classrooms are equipped with the instructor base unit already. Arts ISIT staff can help assess whether your room has the necessary equipment and help to make sure you have the software set up on your computer.

Tips

  • Students will respond better to using iClickers if they feel the questions provide useful feedback and learning opportunities and are not being used just to mark attendance.
  • Use clickers to give participation points or provide responses for in class activities. Focus more time on teaching and interacting with students and less time on paperwork and grading.
  • Provide questions and answers to students after class (or post them online) for students to review.
  • Check to see if students understand material from previous classes or out of class readings and then provide more focused reviews at the start of class before moving on.
  • Use clickers to assist in readiness checking for team based learning activities.
  • Use before and after questions to see how much students have learned during a lesson and if there are still gaps in understanding.

iClicker Cloud

REEF Education

iClicker Cloud (formerly known as REEF Education or REEF Polling) is an integrative polling system that improves the classroom response experience. Instructors are able to use multiple choice, numeric, and short answer questions while easily keep track of attendance and performance. Students can choose between using an i>Clicker remote or their personal device (cellphone, iPad, laptop, etc) and review previous questions as a study tool.The Faculty of Arts is currently piloting iClicker Cloud for the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters (May-December 2017). Take advantage of this tool by signing up for our workshop and register to be in the pilot.

More information can also be found on the iClicker Cloud website.

Getting Started

iClicker Cloud (REEF) Access Code Request Form

If you are interested in using iClicker Cloud for your course(s), we are offering a FREE pilot for Faculty of Arts courses until the end of December 2017 (2017 Fall).

Note: This access request form is available for faculty members or staff only. Should you require an access code as a student, please reach out to your instructors. We will not respond to any requests made by students.

  • Please use the following format:
    Session CodeNumber - Section (Maximum Student Enrollment)
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