i>Clicker FAQ

Q. What are Clickers?

A. Clickers are simple pieces of hardware, about the size of and resembling a TV remote control, that allow an instructor to poll students and then display results for a class to see and discuss.

Q. Why use Clickers?

A. Clickers allow you to perform a variety of tasks and formative assessment in a classroom environment. They may be used to simply take attendance, in-class quizzes, and everything in between. Among other things, clickers allow you to determine concept comprehension, engage students in discussion and debate, or to do anonymous polling when teaching controversial topics.

Q. How do they work?

A. The instructor uses a computer hooked to a hardware base station and digital projector to project presentation slides displaying questions and several possible answers.  The students respond via their i>Clicker. The hardware base station connected to the computer collects the results and aggregates the data into a displayed graphic with the presentation software for the instructor and the students to view.

Q. How and why were i>Clickers selected at USD?

A. In order to facilitate adoption of a student response system for faculty and eliminate the need for students to purchase clickers for each class, a single system was selected by the University.  After carefully reviewing several systems and considering the review from the faculty who piloted the equipment, the decision was made to select the i>Clicker system.

Q. Do you need to be using PowerPoint or Keynote in order to use the clickers?

A. The i>Clicker system runs in the background of whatever you are doing on the computer, and allows you to poll students at any time. While including questions into a PowerPoint show could be convenient, it has a "Question on the Fly" feature that allows you to create and display a question on the screen whenever you want to solicit feedback from your students.

Q. When to use Clickers?

A. You can use clickers for a number of functions, in any classroom.  For example, you may use them for assessments such as pop quizzes or even more detailed quizzes, polling students on recent events as a discussion starter and asking students about comprehension of a previous lecture’s material.  The sky is the limit for its many uses.

Q. What do the students need?

A. Students only need to have the I>Clicker remote. Incoming students will be given a clicker during orientation week.  If an I>Clicker is lost, they may be purchased at the USD Torero Bookstore.  They will have to re-register their new clicker prior to use in the classroom.

Q. What are the computer system requirements for i>clicker?

A. For Windows:

Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 operating system (32 or 64 bit)
500 Mhz Pentium (or faster) processor
256 MB RAM (or larger) recommended
One available USB port
Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768
Projection system is highly recommend

For Macintosh:

Mac OS X version 10.4.2 or higher
One available USB port
Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768
Projection system is highly recommend

A. Where do I get more information or request a base station?

Q. Please email Roger Stattel at rstattel@sandiego.edu or call (619) 260–6842.


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