Getting Started with iClickers - Instructors
Article Last Updated December 2018
Please note that ePoll is now available - a free, web-based student response system. iClickers will no longer be centrally supported at the U of A starting in July 2019.
If you are an instructor wanting to use i>clickers in your course, there are a few things you need to do in advance:
Ordering Student Remotes
They can be ordered in the same way you order textbooks for your course. The current price for the student remote is ~$60; the bookstore buys back used clickers for 50% of the new price and sells used remotes for $40. Both the new version 2 remotes (with LCD screens) and the older version 1 remotes function with the U of A infrastructure.
Students are also able to purchase used i>clicker remotes or borrow remotes from friends who may not be using them in a term. Under the new system, students taking different courses that require clickers can share the same remote. For more information on registration see Registering Your i>clicker - Students and Linking i>clicker Responses to Students (Registration).
Orders can be submitted through the requisition page, by phone, email or in person. When ordering through the Bookstore include:
Confirm that your Classroom is Configured for Using i>clickers
The IST Academic Collaborations team maintains the i>clicker base station hardware in the campus Smart classrooms. The IST website has an i>clicker FAQ which includes the list of classrooms that have i>clicker installed: https://ist.ualberta.ca/
If your classroom is not on this list, you should contact IST through the helpdesk (780-492-9400 or email@example.com) to have them install a base station in your assigned room. If they cannot install one, they should be able to provide you with a term long loan.
IST also has a small number of base stations and i>clicker remotes for short term loans such as conferences, training sessions, or just if you want to try out the system in a few of your lectures.
Make sure to familiarize yourself with using the system: Using i>clickers for Basic Polling.