Clickers for Canvas

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Clickers are wireless handheld devices that allow students to respond individually to in-class polls and quizzes, sending instant responses from the whole class to the instructor's computer. Clickers are also known as a type of Classroom Response System (CRS).

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Getting started How do I get started?

Download

To use Clickers with Canvas, you will need to download the iClicker Classic software onto your computer:

If you're running the Mac OS Sierra, please refer to this guide to setting up on a Mac. iClicker software is available for both Windows and Mac.

Add iClicker Remote Registration to a Canvas Course

You can add a link to iClicker on the side bar of your Canvas course by following these steps:

  1. Go to your course and click settings.
  2. Click on the navigation tab.
  3. Drag iClicker from the list of disabled navigation items to the list of enabled navigation items.
  4. Save your change.

Your students will now be able to register their clickers to your course. When filling out their information, your students should select 'Canada' from the list to ensure that their data is stored in Canada. While the email address field must be filled out, students not do need to provide a real email address.


Available support What support is available?

Instructors can contact clicker.support@ubc.ca to schedule one-on-one training sessions. Support is provided by the Learning Technology Hub and individual instructional support units.


Frequently asked questions FAQ

FAQ are available in the Wiki.

To run a Clicker session you will need two things: the hardware and the software.

Download

To use Clickers with Canvas, you will need to download the iClicker Classic software onto your computer:

If you're running the Mac OS Sierra, please refer to this guide to setting up on a Mac. iClicker software is available for both Windows and Mac.

Add iClicker Remote Registration to a Canvas Course

You can add a link to iClicker on the side bar of your Canvas course by following these steps:

  1. Go to your course and click settings.
  2. Click on the navigation tab.
  3. Drag iClicker from the list of disabled navigation items to the list of enabled navigation items.
  4. Save your change.

Your students will now be able to register their clickers to your course. When filling out their information, your students should select 'Canada' from the list to ensure that their data is stored in Canada. While the email address field must be filled out, students not do need to provide a real email address.

Set up your classroom

USB Switcher Device

Your classroom will need a receiver base station to receive and process student votes. Check to see if your room already has a clicker base installed (see list of rooms for Vancouver or Okanagan). If it is not equipped:

  • Get your classroom equipped. An iClicker receiver base can be installed for you (as long as the room has a podium to lock the iClicker receiver base into). Please contact clicker.support@ubc.ca to have one installed.
  • If a base cannot be installed, you can use a portable iClicker receiver base. The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology will loan you a portable base that can be used in any room. Check the list of rooms to see which frequency you can use.

The iClicker receiver base can be connected via USB to a laptop or podium computer. The USB port for your flash drive can be found on the right side of the iClicker base receiver.

If using a fixed classroom base, the iClicker USB switcher near the podium (see picture) has to be set to either a laptop or podium computer input in order for the receiver to function. The location of the switcher may vary depending on the design of the podium. To switch the input, press and hold the button on the switcher for two seconds.

  • Click here for more details about connecting the hardware.
  1. Click 'Open Gradebook'
  2. Click the 'Sync Roster' icon.
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  3. Log in with you CWL
  4. Select the course from the list


  1. Click 'Open Gradebook'
  2. Click the 'Sync Scores' icon. .
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  3. Check off the sessions you would like to upload, or click 'Select All'
  4. Click 'Next'
  5. Choose how you like to customize your uploaded data. You can upload all sessions separately or combine them as one single entry
  6. Click 'Upload'


To be able to sync or upload a course roster to Canvas, you must be assigned the "Teacher" role in your course. If you are assigned the "Instructor" role, please contact the Learning Technology Hub.


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For users using Mac OS Sierra, you may not be able to run the UBC configured version of iClicker. You will need to follow these steps to create UBC Configured iClicker software:

  1. Download the current version of the iClicker Classic software.
  2. Using Finder, create a New Folder on your Mac for the iClicker software
  3. Open the .dmg file that you just downloaded from the above link and move the iClicker application to the folder.
  4. Run the iClicker application from your folder, then close the application. Do not proceed to setting up your course at this point
  5. Download the UBC Configured iClicker Resource Folder, unzip if necessary
  6. Open your iClicker folder and replace the Resources folder found within with the new Resources folder you have just downloaded above
  7. Run the iClicker application again and proceed with course setup

Please contact clicker.support@ubc.ca for assistance in setup.


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