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Frequently Asked Questions About Clickers

Which clickers can students use?

i>clicker, i>clicker+ and i>clicker2 are supported at UC San Diego and are sufficient for student use.

i>clicker and i>clicker+ provide basic functionality to answer questions.

i>clicker2 confirms the student's response by showing it on the screen and has advanced features including numeric and alphanumeric responses. The majority of faculty at UC San Diego do not use these advanced features, but students must use an i>clicker2 if they are desired.

Which computers can I use?

You can use any Mac or Windows computer that has a USB port.

Tablets running full Windows that have a USB port are also compatible, but because they need to be attached to the base station, mobility is limited.

What software should I download?

Whether or not you use Ted (the campus learning management system), download the latest i>clicker software supported at UC San Diego here.

How do I connect my computer to the base station?

Computer, base station and cable

Step One:

Image of Base station and Standard B connector

Connect the Standard B side of the cable to the Base Station.

Step Two:

Connect USB to USB

Next, connect the USB side of the cable to your computer's USB port.

Step Three:

Success!

The base station will turn on when your computer is turned on.

How do I set up my class for clickers ?

Download and install the i>clicker software, then launch the i>clicker application by double-clicking on the icon. 






1. The i>clicker window opens with no courses listed. Click Create.

2. A New Course window appears. Enter your Course Name, including the term (for example, Fall 14), then click Create.

Be sure to create a new class in i>clicker for each term or section.

Create

i>clicker automatically creates a new course folder within the Classes folder in your i>clicker folder.

3. You will be returned to the main i>clicker window where you will see the course just created in the list of courses.

Repeat steps 1-3 as many times as necessary to create your courses.

How do I adjust my course settings?

Click on Settings to customize i>clicker for your course.

Settings can also be accessed from the i>clicker Session Toolbar by clicking the Options button then selecting Course Settings.

How do I set a frequency code?

In the Settings area, under the General tab, choose the radio buttons to select your frequency code.

All base stations installed in large lecture halls across campus have a frequency code combination on the front of the base station for you to use. This prevents "phantom" responses from students in other lecture halls that may be also be using i>clickers.

If a nearby classroom is using the same frequency, at the session start up an advisory will appear on your computer to use a different frequency.

IMPORTANT! In order for faculty or students to change frequency on their remotes, the SESSION MUST FIRST BE RUNNING in i>clicker.

Changing the i>clicker2 remote frequency:

  1. Press and hold the i>clicker2 power button until the two digit frequency on the LCD begins flashing.
  2. Press the two-letter code that is designated in the session settings.
  3. A checkmark on the remote screen indicates a successfull reset of the remote frequency.

Changing the i>clicker remote frequency:

  1. Press and hold the i>clicker power button until the blue Power light begins flashing.
  2. Press the two-letter code that is designated in the session Settings.
  3. A momentary green "Vote Status" light indicates a successfull reset of the remote frequency.

Changing the i>clicker+ remote frequency:

  1. Press and hold the i>clicker+ power button on the remote until the Power light begins flashing.
  2. Press the two-letter code that is designated in Settings.
  3. All lettered button lights momentarily turning green indicates a successfull reset of the remote frequency.

What frequency should I use in my classroom?

The following is a chart for all frequencies set in general assignment classrooms on campus that have an i>clicker base station installed. 

Each base station is labeled with an assigned frequency code as shown in the chart below. To avoid receiving and/or generating phantom responses when systems are in use in nearby lecture halls, we strongly advise using the frequency code assigned to each room. Frequencies for each base station location can be found in the chart below.

If a nearby classroom is using the same frequency, an advisory will appear on your computer to use a different frequency.

Location  Code    Location  Code 

CENTR 101

CA

PCYNH 106

CA

CENTR 105

AB

PCYNH 109

AB

CENTR 109

AC

PCYNH 121

BB

CENTR 113

AD

PCYNH 122

BC

CENTR 115

BA

PETER 108

AC

CENTR 119

BB

PETER 110

AD

CENTR 212

BC

PRICE THTRE

CA

CENTR 214

BD

RBC AUD

CA

CENTR 216

CB

SEQUO 148

CB

CICC 101

AB

SOLIS 104

AB

CSB 001

BA

SOLIS 107

CA

CSB 002

BB

WLH 2001

CA

GH 242

AC

WLH 2005

AB

HSS 1330

AB

YORK 2622

AB

LEDDN AUD 

CA

YORK 2722

CA

If you're in a classroom without a built-in base station, use any frequency not listed above.

How do I run a poll?

Open i>clicker and select the course in which you want to run the poll. Click the Start New Session button.

Use your instructor remote to Start/Stop Polling or click on the green arrow In the Session Toolbar using your mouse or touchpad.

Use your instructor remote to stop polling, display results, and select the correct answer (if applicable). You can use your mouse to stop polling and display results as well.

NOTE: Using the Prev and Next or C and D buttons on your instructor remote will advance and reverse the slides in PowerPoint, Keynote, PDF, or Word documents as long as those slides are the primary focus of your computer. If you use your mouse or touchpad for i>clicker functions, you may need to click back on your slide program to be able to advance them with the instructor remote.

How do I use the Gradebook?

In the main i>clicker window, click on Open Gradebook.

The Gradebook will open showing a list of students in the left-most column and the voting sessions across the top.

Student names will be associated with the results after syncing your roster with Ted or downloading your roster from Blink.

Registered students will appear in blue and unregistered students will appear in red. The recorded votes of students who have not yet registered are stored under their i>clicker remote ID.

Each Session Column is labeled by default with the polling session date. If you conduct two polling sessions on the same day, those two sessions will be shown separately on the main screen. 

Where can I get more information?

Download the i>clicker User Guide (PDF).