iClicker Classic Support

General information about iClicker

iClickers are handheld devices used in an Audience Response System (ARS). They are small transmitters about the size of a television remote control. Students use iClickers to transmit their answers to posted questions by pressing the clicker buttons.

ARS questions are normally written prior to class as part of preparing lecture notes or lesson plans. Inserting questions is typically no more difficult than creating a new slide in PowerPoint. Questions can also be created “on-the-fly” during class. There are a wide variety of types of questions that can used with iClickers.

Some of the reasons for using and benefits of iClickers include:

  • Increase or manage interaction

  • Assess student participation

  • Find more out about students

  • For formative assessment

  • For quizzes or tests

  • To do practice problems

  • To guide thinking

  • To make lectures more fun.

 

Steps for integrating and using iClickers into your classroom

Steps to take if you do not have iClicker installed

Video of iClicker Integration with D2L

Begin by reviewing the following steps. Details for each step are included within the Updated Instructor User Guide - iClicker Classic v7.18. Once you are familiar with the process, begin with step number 1.

  1. Determine if iClicker system is already integrated into your classroom

    1. If yes, move to step 2.

    2. If no, contact iClicker at mailto:contact@iclicker.com and initiate process to have iClicker system set up in desired classroom

Note: At the present time, MSU has not centralized the purchasing of clickers. Faculty who desire to use clickers should contact the vendor (iClicker) to order the clicker for their course. The choice to use clickers is just like any other textbook and ancillary material choice that faculty make and they need to communicate the information to the bookstore and vendor. The iClicker bases that are provided in the classrooms are only receivers and do not have software preloaded, the instructor should have it downloaded onto a USB key.

If faculty have any questions about the use of clickers, (e.g., How do I upload the class grades for clickers into D2L?), contact the DLS Help Line at (517) 432-6200, or toll free (844) 678-6200. 

  1. Purchase Instructor kit from iClicker

  2. Download the appropriate “Integrate Wizard Files”

    1. iClicker Classic Win v7.18 (PC users)

    2. iClicker Classic Mac v7.18 (Mac users)  
      1. If you are using Mac OS Sierra or High Sierra, please refer to this video or the instructions below to continue installation.
  3. Unzip the downloaded files.

  4. Follow the steps in the “Updated Instructor User Guide - iClicker classic v7.18

  5. Utilize iClickers in class (refer to “iClickers in the Classroom” and resources below)

Installing iClicker on Mac OS Sierra or High Sierra

  1. Double-click the downloaded .dmg file to mount it.

  2. Create a new folder called iClicker Classic (or similar), and copy and paste the iclicker.app file from within the .dmg disk image to within the new folder.

  3. Launch iClicker from this new folder.  It will automatically create all the necessary supporting files and folders.

  4. Copy and paste the LMS_Wizard.xml file from the original Resources folder (or from your downloads folder) into the Resources folder of the new iClicker folders you have created.

 

Steps to take if you already have iClicker installed (update your existing iClicker software)

For those with iClicker installed already, the update process is simple.

In the Help Menu click on 'Check for Update' if an update is available it will then prompt you that an update is available.

 

iClicker Classic PC & Mac Integration

Instructors often jump between operating systems when using i>clicker software. These instructions are provided to help the data transfer to play nicely between both Macs and PCs. Note the version of i>clicker you are using and follow the listed instructions accordingly:

 

iClicker Classic Software: Mac OSX and Windows PCs

How to transfer data from Mac OSX to Windows:

  1. Start by putting a copy of the iClicker software for both PC and Mac on your desktop.

  2. Rename the iClicker Win folder to iclicker WinMac

  3. Using a Mac, copy the iClicker, iGrader, and WebUpdate application files from the iClicker Mac folder to the iclicker WinMac folder you just created

  4. If you’re using iClicker Integrate (i.e., students register directly within the LMS) also copy the CMS Integrate Wizard (.app) file from the Resources folder in iClicker Mac to the Resources folder within iclicker WinMac.

Once you drag CMS Integrate Wizard.app over, your iClicker WinMac > Resources folder should contain exactly 8 items: CMS Integrate Wizard Libs, CMS Integrate Wizard.app, CMS Integrate Wizard.exe, CMS_Wizard.xml, Config.xml, Help_Master.xml, Seed_Demographics.xml, Web_Voting_Config.xml.

  • Going forward, always use the WinMac folder.
    Download the appropriate "Integrate Wizard File"
    iClicker Classic WinMac v7.18

  • Both applications will access the same data from your Classes folder.

 

iClicker 7 Software: Mac OSX and Windows PCs

How to transfer data from Mac OSX to Windows:

  1. Start by putting a copy of the iClicker software for both PC and Mac on your desktop.

  2. Rename the iClicker Win folder to iClicker WinMac

  3. Using a Mac, copy the iClicker application from the iClicker Mac folder to the iClicker WinMac folder you just created

  4. If you’re using iClicker Integrate (i.e., students register directly within the LMS), you also need to copy config.xml and LMS_Wizard.xml

Note: If you do not have LMS_Wizard.xml, Integrate is not in place.

 

Resources for iClickers:

Updated Instructor User Guide - iClicker Classic v7.18(PDF)

iClickers in the Classroom (PDF)

Video of iClickers in the classroom (video)

Additional resources that may be helpful:

iClicker website (link)

Consider using iClicker Cloud (Formerly:REEF) or IClicker Classic (6 min video)

iClicker Cloud Quizzing (1.5 min video)

Note: Please contact Classroom Support at 517-432-6200 to ensure the classroom supports iClicker Cloud.

Tips for Successful “Clicker” Use (PDF)

Clicker Resource Guide (PDF)

For additional information and resources, contact Instructional Design and Development, or visit our website at tech.msu.edu/