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iClicker is a student response system that provides instant feedback during lecture, including polls, quizzes, and attendance. The use of in-class polling promotes active learning and gathers information about comprehension and consensus. iClicker receives student input two ways — either from an app on a mobile device, or from a mechanical “clicker” with five buttons, A – E. Both methods allow student votes to be visible in class, and once the session is complete, for results to be sent to the Canvas or Blackboard grade book for the course. Participation and performance points can be rewarded for each session.

Why use iClicker?

  • Polling students during lecture can not only ensure they are paying attention, it can also give them time to reflect upon the materials and highlight important topics
  • A quick poll can help tailor your lecture  based on comprehension revealed in the poll
  • Polls can lighten the mood in class and enrich a sense of a learning community.
  • Polls can be used in creative ways to enhance how students interact with each other in class by asking questions that require students to work together to reach consensus

How to add iClicker to your course:

iClicker consists of  free desktop software, used by the instructor during lecture, the iCloud Campus portal, for synchronizing rosters and viewing attendance, and student hand-held remotes or student smartphone app (formerly called iClicker Reef). The instructor software can be downloaded at

Instructors using iClicker in their classes may log into the ‘Cloud’ portal to enable iClicker for their classes or to view rosters, sychronize wiht Canvas, or to view student responses to polls and quizzes.

For courses using hand-held, mechanical clickers, or a combination of the iClicker student app and mechanical clickers, the instructor also needs a kit consisting of a receiver base-station and instructor clicker. Contact McGraw (mcgrawect@) to arrange to borrow a base-station.

Students must create an account with iClicker either via their student app or via the iClicker website at which point they will be prompted to register their clicker of app with your course.

Additional Resources

Checklist: Getting Started with iClicker Cloud

Clicker strategies

What are clickers and how can we effectively use them? Eberly Center, Carnegie Mellon University

Peer Instruction for Active Learning  Eric Mazur, YouTube

OIT has reviewed the security and architecture of this tool.

Posted by April 27, 2020