Clickers provide a unique method for measuring student understanding: teach something, then pose a question to students to see if they “get it”. However, nothing fundamentally changes in your teaching practice when only used for quick checks of understanding. Instead, implement Peer Instruction and Clickers together. Peer Instruction inherently supports checking for understanding while also driving student to student discussions. This helps increase the amount of active, peer based learning in your course. In this way, students will learn from you and their peers.
For more information, please visit the Peer Instruction resources page. The information below will explore the technical aspects of implementing Clickers in your classroom.
Please avoid using Clickers solely for in-class quizzes. Use a free or less expensive option including online Moodle quizzes or paper based quizzing.
iClicker Cloud and Reef App
On February 19, 2013, Cal State LA’s Academic Senate endorsed the iClicker as the recommended campus standard for clickers. This endorsement was meant to standardize one clicker product so that Cal State LA students were not compelled to buy different devices for different courses, and in turn increase costs to students.
Resources for Use In Class
What do students need to buy and use in class?
Students should either buy the iClicker student remote or purchase an iClicker Reef subscription to use the Reef app on their smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
What software do instructors need to use?
Instructors must use the iClicker Cloud instructor software available for both Mac and PC. This solution offers grade sync with Moodle, to help transfer points earned in class sessions to the Moodle Gradebook.
How do I get started with Clickers?
Attend the CETL Peer Instruction workshop. This will provide essential information on Peer Instruction and technical training on iClicker.
What’s involved in a successful implementation?
To ensure a meaningful experience for students despite the added cost, follow these steps to implement Clickers in your classroom.
1. Attend the CETL Peer Instruction Workshop
First learn about Peer Instruction and the technical details of using Clickers in your classroom.
2. Borrow an Instructor Kit from CETL
CETL will loan you an instructor kit after you have attended the Peer Instruction workshop. The kit is yours to keep as long as you are using Clickers in your classroom. We ask that you return the kit to CETL during semesters where you will not use Clickers in class.
3. Practice Using the REEF Software and Clickers on your own
Use your instructor kit to practice using the iClicker Cloud software on your own. Practice the following tasks:
- Create a test course in iClicker Cloud.
- Start a polling session.
- Open and close the poll.
- Use the student remote to respond.
- Download and use the iClicker Reef app on your device to participate as a student.
- Show the results of the poll.
- Mark the correct answer using the instructor remote and/or software.
4. Try Peer Instruction in Class
Take advantage of the free 14-day iClicker Reef app trial. Students can download the app on their devices and participate in polling sessions in class for free. Keep this experience in mind as you decide whether to implement Clickers officially in a future semester.
5. Officially Adopt Clickers
Alert the bookstore of your decision to use Clickers in your upcoming class. In addition to textbook information, the bookstore will also inform students of the Clicker requirement for your course. Contact the bookstore for more information on textbook adoption deadlines. Students must be informed ahead of time of all instructional materials costs (including clickers) associated with your course.
6. Update Your Syllabus
Modify your syllabus using the sample policy language.
7. Add the iClicker Reef External Tool Link to Your Moodle Course
Add the iClicker Reef External Tool link in Moodle. This facilitates grade sync between iClicker Cloud and Moodle. Remember, all students must click the link in Moodle to sync their iClicker Reef account with Moodle. Students will not see their points in the Gradebook unless they click the iClicker Reef link in Moodle. Review the Instructor QuickStart Guide in the Peer Instruction Moodle course for more information.
8. Instruct Students to Create an iClicker Reef Account and Sync with Moodle
Give students a window of time in which they should visit your Moodle course, click the iClicker Reef link, and create their iClicker Reef account. Make sure students use their Cal State LA email address for the account. Typically, this should be done within the first week. Address student concerns and/or technical difficulties during the first week. Refer students to the ITS Helpdesk for wireless Internet connectivity issues. Have students contact iClicker directly for iClicker Reef account support.
Use these student resources to help students get started with iClicker Reef.