Clickers is the common name for an audience response system, such as those used on the TV shows Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and Funniest Home Videos. A clicker system typically includes software, a receiver, and multiple remotes, and can be used in a variety of ways to improve classroom instruction.
There are three components to the i>Clicker system: a recevier or base unit, the software and remotes. The receiver is easy-to-use, portable, and durable. It is powered by a USB port on your computer; it is completely plug-and-play. One receiver is capable of recording votes from as many as 1,500 remotes. They operate on a two-way radio frequency system operating at 915 MHz to ensure no collision/interference with Wi-Fi technologies. They have a range of 200-300 feet and have 16 sub-frequencies to prevent interference with nearby classrooms.
Clemson adopted i>clicker 2 in Fall 2011. Those faculty that had personal base units prior to this date were allowed to keep them. All personal base units are property of CCIT and should be returned if they are not being used so that we can make them available to other faculty as necessary. Starting in Spring 2013 we moved to a classroom model. This means that all new base units will be placed into classrooms as requested by faculty members who are adopting i>Clickers. These are limited in quantity and will be put into classrooms on a first come first serve basis. Siz loaner units are available upon request to faculty who are new to i>Clicker to practice with. Please note: As of August 2012 all base units are required to be updated with the newest firmware version 5.04. The download to update this firmware can be found here.
The required software for the base unit comes on a flash drive that you can plug into the receiver or it can be copied to and run from your U:/ Drive or your local computer. The version currently supported on campus is version 6.2. There are two software applications i>Clicker and i>Grader. i>Clicker is the application used to setup your courses, settings, register student remotes and poll your students. iGrader is the application used to assign credit for polls, synchronize web registrations, manage unregistered clickers, and run reports on the polls that were used in class.
The remotes use the same two way radio frequency system that the receivers use. We currently have 2 remote styles on campus. There are i>Clicker remotes that have the standard A through E response types. These remotes require three AAA batteries which are easily replaced without a screwdriver. Energizer batteries are included with each new remote. They have two auto shut-off mechanisms: if the remote has been used to communicate with a base (e.g. voting in class) it will shut off after 90 minutes, but if inadvertently turned on (e.g. in a backpack) and is not communicating with a receiver, it will shut off after 5 minutes. Each remote has a unique identification code (ID) printed on the back. When a student "registers" his/her remote, that unique ID is linked to that student. That allows you to know how each individual student voted.
Clemson adopted the i>Clicker 2 remotes in Fall 2011. They have the standard A through E response types, but also allow for alphanumeric and numeric response types. These remotes require two AAA batteries which are easily replaced without a screwdriver. Energizer batteries are included with each new remote. i>Clicker 2 remotes will automatically shut-off when it has been idle for 5 minutes. Each remote has a unique identification code (ID) printed on the back. When a student "registers" his/her remote, that unique ID is linked to that student. That allows you to know how each individual student voted. New to this version is an LCD screen that displays the student remote ID and frequency when the remote is initially turned on. There is also a loop on the bottom of the remote that allows students to attach it to a lanyard and rubber grippers to prevent sliding.
Yes. Students attending a class where i>Clickers are integrated will have to purchase an i>Clicker remote. Students should refer to their syllabus to determine if an i>Clicker 2 remote is required. These remotes can be purchased for approximately $49.17 including tax at the Clemson University Computer Store. Students who previously purchased an i>Clicker remote will be eligible for a $10 mail-in rebate upon purchasing an i>Clicker 2 remote. Details regarding the rebate can be found on the i>Clicker Buyback Program for Clemson University webpage.
iClicker2 instructor kits come with modified bases, 1 instructor remote, 1 student remote, and a USB drive with software which is provided to faculty free of charge while supplies are available. Currently, Web>Clickers are NOT supported on campus.
Yes. You can download software updates for your receiver from the i>clicker Downloads page. We will be using the iClicker software version 6.4.1 and base firmware version 5.04 starting January 2014. All dedicated classroom bases were updated to the most current firmware version in August 2012.
There are 2 ways to register your i>Clicker Remote. The first is through an in-class roll call that your instructor will bring up. This is usually used for smaller classes. The second is through the i>Clicker Web Registration. You will need to register using your legal name and username as it appears in your class roll in Blackboard Learn. Enter your Blackboard username in the Student ID field. This is the username you log into Blackboard with. This option is usually used with large classes. Once you register, your instructor will have to synchronize their web registrations. If your instructor contacts you after you have already registered, you can email your instructor your remote ID, so that they can manually register your remote to their class. Your remote ID can be found on the back of your i>Clicker remote, or on the LCD screen of the i>Clicker 2 remote when you initially turn it on. If you have an older i>Clicker remote and your remote ID has worn off, you can take your remote to the Clemson University Apple Store in the Edgar Brown Student Union or to the CCIT Help Desk on the 2nd floor of Cooper Library and ask to use the iClicker Remote ID Finder application.
You can submit a ticket to ITHELP@clemson.edu and request one on one training or register for our iClickers in the Classroom training class at the beginning or end of each semester. You can also view one of i>Clickers live daily online training sessions by going to the Training portion of the i>Clicker website.
View some of the more frequently asked questions on the i>Clicker FAQ page. Their site has questions asked by both student and faculty members. Additional support for faculty and students can be found on the iClicker Support page.
If my i>Clicker does not work, what should I do?
Yes. We offer i>Clicker 2 training year round. Faculty members who attend training will receive an iClicker instructor kit at their training. The kit includes a modified base unit, instructor remote, student remote, and USB drive with iClicker software. The base unit or receiver and USB drive can be used for all of your courses over multiple semesters. However, we need to know which classes you plan on using it for and how many students are in these classes. Each semester you will need to complete this online order form, so that an adequate number of i>Clicker remotes can be ordered for your students.
If you plan on using i>Clicker in your class, include information in your course syllabus and let students know that they can purchase their i>Clicker remotes at the Clemson University Apple Store located in the Edgar Brown Student Union.