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Frequently Asked Questions About Clickers

Can students use iclicker+?

Both i>clicker+ and i>clicker 2 are supported at UC San Diego. i>clicker+ provides basic functionality for answering questions. i>clicker 2 confirms the student's response by showing it on the screen. i>clicker 2 also has advanced features including self-paced polling and alphanumeric responses, though the majority of faculty at UC San Diego do not use these advanced features. If a faculty chooses to utilize these features, students must use an i>clicker 2. In the majority of courses, either i>clicker+ or i>clicker 2 will be sufficient for student use.

What software should I download?

Using Ted?  

If you are planning to use i>clicker with Ted, you will need to download the i>clicker software with the Ted integration files.

Not using Ted?

If you are not planning on using i>clicker with Ted, go to the i>clicker website and download the latest version of the software for your computer.

How do I connect my computer to the iclicker 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 3

Success!

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

How do I set up my class in clicker ?

Once you have downloaded and installed the software, launch the i>clicker application by double-clicking on it. i>clicker icon

1. The "Welcome to i>clicker" window appears with no courses listed. Click New.

New Course

2. A New Course window appears. Enter your Course Name and include the term (for example, Fall 14). Be sure to create a new class in i>clicker for each term or section.

Create

3. Click Create. i>clicker automatically creates a new course folder within the Classes folder in your i>clicker folder. The New Course window will close and you will be returned to the "Welcome to i>clicker" window where you will see your course name in the list of courses. Repeat steps 1-3 as many times as necessary to create your courses.

Choose

How do I adjust my course settings?

You can use the My Settings options to customize i>clicker and i>grader. Select My Settings from the i>clicker home page to change your settings. 

My settings

My Settings can also be accessed from the i>clicker Session Toolbar by clicking the Options Button and selecting My Settings.

Options on toolbar

How do I run a poll?

To run a poll, open i>clicker and select the course in which you want to run the poll. The start screen will appear for that course:

welcome screen

Select the large green Start Session button.

Poll bar

Next, you will see the poll bar appear on your screen. You can either use your instructor remote to Start/Stop Polling, or you can use your mouse by selecting the green arrow on the poll bar. You now have an open poll.

Polling Open

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.

How do I set a frequency code?

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

All of the 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 any "phantom" responses from students in other courses that may be also be using i>clickers.

Frequency Code setting

IMPORTANT! In order for faculty or students to change their frequency, the session MUST be running in i>clicker first.

To change the remote frequency using the i>clicker+ remote:

1. Press and hold the On/Off (power) button on the i>clicker+ remote until the blue Power light begins flashing.

2. Press the two-letter code (that you've designated in My Settings). A momentary green Vote Status light on your remote will indicate that you have successfully reset the remote frequency.

To change the remote frequency using the i>clicker2 remote:

1. Press and hold the On/Off (power) button on the i>clicker2 remote until the two digit frequency on the LCD begins flashing.

2. Press the two-letter code (that you've designated in My Settings). A checkmark appears on your remote indicating that you have successfully reset the remote frequency.

What frequency should I use in my classroom?

The following is a chart for all of the frequencies set in general assignment classrooms on campus that have an i>clicker base station installed. Each base (receiver) 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 rooms, we strongly advise using the frequency code assigned to each room, except as noted (AA=no change):

Location  Code    Location  Code 

CENTR 101

AA

PCYNH 106

AA

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

AA

CENTR 214

BD

RBC AUD

AA

CENTR 216

CA

SEQUO 148

DD

CICC 101

AB

SOLIS 104

AB

CSB 001

BA

SOLIS 107

AA

CSB 002

BB

WLH 2001

AA

GH 242

AC

WLH 2005

AB

HSS 1330

AB

YORK 2622

AB

LEDDN AUD 

AA

YORK 2722

AA

How do I use igrader?

i grader icon 

Before launching i>grader, always make sure to exit the i>clicker application. Open the i>clicker folder and double-click the i>grader icon.

choose course

The "Welcome to i>grader" window will open. Select your course and click Choose.

igrader home screen

A list of students will be displayed in the left-most column. A list of your voting sessions will display across the top row of the results table. Once you have synced your roster with Ted or downloaded your roster from Blink you may view the students by Student ID or by last name using the drop-down menu directly above the column of student names/IDs.

Registered students will appear in black and unregistered student names or IDs will appear in red. The recorded votes of students who have not yet registered are stored under their i>clicker remote ID. These numbers appear in red at the end of the student list.

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

Where can I get more information?

The i>clicker User Guide is available for download.