You are now in the main content area

iClicker Cloud Instructor Guide

iClicker logo

What is iClicker? 

iClicker incorperates technology into a learning environment. Each student has an iClicker and uses it to respond to questions during class time. Results are captured and displayed immediately. By answering questions and seeing the results right away, students will know how they are doing and where they are with their peers. Using iClickers also allows shy students to participate when normally they will not raise their hands. iClicker can be used either anonymously or for marking.

Support 

If any of the conditions below are true in your class, then you may want to consider using clickers for your course:

  • Students are falling asleep during your lecture.
  • You see students staring at you with blank eyes.
  • You have larger class size which makes it harder for you to engage students.
  • You know that students are listening and want to contribute, but are shy to participate.

Before you consider using clickers, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is the learning objective of your course or particular week/chapter/topic in your course?
  • What ways or methods can you use to achieve that learning objective? Will technology help? If yes, what and how?
  • Will clicker help your students learn better?
  • And finally, will you be able to set aside additional time to be familiar with the technology?

Answering those questions will help you to avoid a common pitfall of selecting the technology first, just for the sake of the technology, and then try to fit it into your course.

There are two main challenges:

  • Learning curve – As with adopting any technology in your course for the first time, you may spend considerable amount of time in learning and familiarizing with the technology. Proper training and asking questions to the DMP, opens in new window will help you ease the process, but ultimately, the majority of the effort will be from the instructor her/himself. Therefore, you need to acknowledge the amount of work you need to invest at this stage.
  • Class preparation – In order to use clickers effectively, you need to prepare the questions to be asked in class. The questions you prepare will correspond to the purpose of why you use clickers, such as to take attendance, to find out whether students understand a particular concept you have just explained, to do a small quiz, etc.

Clickers enable instructors to find out whether students understand a particular concept at a certain moment during lecture. Instructors can ask students a multiple-choice question, and have students respond. The answers can be obtained immediately and be used as a guide for whether to move forward with the lecture, or to spend more time on the topic.

  1. Promote student’s active and reflective learning: iClickers may be handy in acquiring students’ opinion, especially those related to sensitive, personal information.  It works well when the clickers are used in anonymous mode. This activity engages students to participate actively and to reflect upon their opinions in comparison to others.
  2. Improve student engagement by being active and collaborative: Clickers can be used for peer training, a method that allows students to discuss and collaborate in resolving problems, answering questions, or explaining to each other. This method promotes active and collaborative learning. Instructors prompt questions and students discuss small groups about the problem. 
  3. Taking attendance: Instructors can use iClickers to take class attendance. It can increase students’ motivation to attend, and reduces paperwork and class administration time.

For support using iClicker Classic, please email dmp@ryerson.ca

Software Download

Sign up to iClicker Cloud, external link, opens in new window to begin using the software. 

Download the iClicker Cloud software, external link, opens in new window from the website onto your own laptop or desktop. Launch the iClicker Cloud software and login using your personal account credentials previously set up. 

To access your iClicker Cloud account online, you can login by going to iclicker.com, external link, opens in new window.

Before running sessions in class, review your iClicker Cloud settings to ensure they meet the specific needs of your course. This ranges from:

  • inputting information that will help your students add your course in Reef.
  • deciding if/how you will be using an LMS with iClicker Cloud. 

Settings are customized on a course-by-course basis, so if you are running multiple courses in iClicker Cloud, modify the settings for each individual course.

Unlike the polling and quizzing modules, iClicker Cloud’s Attendance module is run entirely from the iClicker Cloud Instructor website and can be set up to automatically run during each class period.

iClicker Cloud’s Attendance module allows you to take attendance using optional geolocation technology that recognizes if students are within range of your classroom when they check-in. However, in a remote teaching setting, this is function is not advised. 

Before running an attendance session, ensure you have customized your attendance settings–including the optional geolocation information. For more information about the attendance module, click below:

Unlike the Attendance module, Polling and Quizzing sessions can only be run from the iClicker Cloud desktop software. In general, running iClicker Cloud sessions is very similar to running iClicker Classic sessions–you can run a session over any presentation software, grade on the fly, ask anonymous questions, and more.

However, there are a few differences regarding question types, polling toolbars, and grading. One notable enhancement is that iClicker Cloud can send students screen shots and results from the questions asked during class to use as a study guide.

Click below for step-by-step guides and more helpful information about running sessions in iClicker Cloud:

 

Integrate iClicker Cloud into D2L to access results and sync grades.

iClicker Cloud grade information can be accessed from either the iClicker Cloud Desktop Software or the online gradebook, , external link via the iClicker Cloud instructor website. Before working with your gradebook, ensure that you have decided how you will be adding grades from iClicker Cloud to your LMS, external link–if you are syncing grades with your LMS it will require prior setup by your campus administrator.

 

  • Options available in both the iClicker Cloud Desktop software and the iClicker Cloud Online Gradebook:
    • View a summary of all session data.
    • Export data for individual sessions and/or all sessions.
    • Delete a session.
    • View your roster and delete students if needed.
  • Options available in only in the iClicker Cloud Desktop Software:
    • Grade polling and/or quizzing sessions.
    • Customize the scoring settings for all sessions or individual sessions.
  • Options available in only in the iClicker Cloud Online gradebook:
    • View granular grading data by session and by student.
    • Export your roster.
    • Manually update session points for individual students.
    • Sync grades to your LMS (if applicable for your campus/course).

iClicker Reef Device

When teaching in a remote setting, all students must create an iClicker Reef account to ensure their grades sync to your iClicker gradebook.

  1. They can do this by downloading the mobile app via the App Store or Google Play, or by visiting the iClicker Reef web application, external link, opens in new window
  2. Then, students need to add your course in Reef,, external link, opens in new window or register their Reef accounts within D2L; inform students which scenario is relevant to your course. Please note that student registration within your LMS requires prior set up by your campus administrator.

Subscriptions 

Upon creating a Reef account, students will receive a 2 week free-trial period. After that point, they will need to purchase a Reef subscription or obtain an iClicer Reef access code if they plan to continue participating in your iClicker sessions with their mobile devices, tablets, or laptops. Student should be warned that they will only receive credit for ONE account and they will not receive points if they create additional Reef accounts.

Buying and Extending Subscriptions

  • Option 1: Ryerson Bookstore
    • Your students can purchase an iClicker Reef access code from the Ryerson bookstore
    • They can enter in the access code into the 'Subscriptions' section of their iClicker Reef account on the website. 
  • Option 2: Macmillan Canadian Student Store 
  • Option 3: Extend your subscription through the iClicker Reef Website
    • Students should select 'Subscriptions' from the iClicker Reef menu on the website. Their remaining subscription is visible here.
    • They will click 'Purchase Subscription.' They can extend a subscription by purchasing a subscription here.
    • Note: Paying through the iClicker Reef Website will result in charges in US Dollars. 
Ready your presentation using powerpoint, google slides or another presentation tool

Ready your Presentation 

The iClicker Cloud system integrates with your powerpoint presentations. Have your presentations prepared and ready to be presented to your students. 

Click start class when you are ready to begin a session in iClicker Cloud

Signing In and Starting a Class

  1. Open the iClicker Cloud application that you have previously downloaded on your device. 
  2. Sign in to your iClicker Cloud account.
  3. Select the course that you would like to start a session with and click 'Start Class.' 

You will notice that the iClicker Cloud application will launch the iClicker navigational polling bar on your screen.

Access your meetings in Zoom and start a meeting

Launch Zoom

Once your iClicker Cloud software has been set up, launch the Zoom application located on your desktop.

From here, you can access a scheduled meeting that you have created for your class or create a new meeting. 

 

Sharing your screen and selecting the desktop view

Share your Screen

  1. When you are ready to present your powerpoint presentation, click 'Share Screen' located on the bottom bar of the Zoom application.  
  2. Select the option that says 'Desktop 1,' this will allow students to see all windows on your device including Zoom, Powerpoint and the iClicker Cloud software. 

Important: Please close any private or confidential windows you have open on your device.  

 

Ready your presentation using powerpoint, google slides or another presentation tool

Presenting your Powerpoint Presentation 

After sharing your screen, present your powerpointNote: this will enter you into fullscreen mode.

Zoom has a built in navigational bar as iClicker does, and so you are still able to control your Zoom meeting using this bar. 

Click the icon with the circle and checkmark to begin a poll

Using the iClicker Polling Tool 

Once your presentation requires the iClicker polling system, click the circle with the checkmark icon in order to begin a polling session.   

 

Choose the polling type and click the play button when you are ready to begin

Selecting a Polling Type and Starting the Poll

 

  1. Select a polling type from the drop down menu.
  2. Once you are ready, click the play button located to the left of the drop down menu.    

 

To end the poll, click the stop button

Ending a Poll 

Give your students time to answer the questions. Once you are ready to end the poll, click the stop button located on the iClicker navigational polling bar. 

 

Viewing, Sharing and Marking your results

Viewing Results, Sharing Results & Grading

  1. You have the ability to view and share the results of the poll. Click the graph icon located on the iClicker navigational polling bar to do so. 
  2. The polling tool by default has no grade or mark component active. This allows you to poll your class' opinions without them worrying about having a correct answer. However, in a situation where you would like to appoint marks to questions, select the answer that is correct by click on the letter that corresponds to the correct answer. In this example, 'A' is correct and so you will click 'A' to designate it as correct. 

Note: You are not obligated in any capacity to select the correct answer during the lecture. If you would like to perform this action after the lecture, you can access this function by clicking 'Class History' in your iClicker Cloud, external link, opens in new window account. 

 

Ending a class session

Ending your Presentation and Class

When you are ready to end your presentation:

  1. Click on the X icon located on the iClicker navigational polling bar. 
  2. A pop-up will display, click 'End Class.' 

 

Ending the class with an exit poll

iClicker Exit Polls  

You will notice that when you click on the X icon, a pop-up will appear asking you if you would like to conduct an Exit Poll. This allows you to poll your students in the same fashion as previously and allows you to gain insight on how they felt about the lecture. 

To do this, click 'End Class with Exit Poll.' 

However, if you would like to end your class without an Exit Poll, click 'End Class' located on the right hand side of the window. 

Stop screen sharing in Zoom

Stop Sharing your Screen

Once your iClicker session has ended, you may stop sharing your screen on Zoom. To do this, click on the 'Stop Share' button located on the Zoom navigational bar. 

 

Support 