Using iClicker in large classes increases student attendance and interaction.
iClicker is one of two real-time student response systems at Virginia Tech. The other is Top Hat.
|Feature||iClicker Cloud||iClicker Classic||Top Hat|
|Instructors present slides in the app||✓||✓|
|Instructors can quiz students||✓||✓||✓|
|Students must purchase remotes||✓|
|Students can use mobile devices||✓||✓|
|Data stored in the cloud||✓||✓|
|Auto-syncs with Canvas (others sync manually)||✓||✓|
|Instructors can take attendance based on student device location/GPS||✓||✓|
iClicker has two hardware and two software options. We recommend using iClicker Cloud software and student mobile devices.
Student Response Method
|iClicker Cloud||Mobile Devices||Remotes||Both|
|iClicker Classic||Mobile Devices||Remotes||Both|
Instructors can collect student response data two ways:
No special hardware instructor hardware needed!
Instructor base station and student remotes needed!
iClicker base stations
We encourage instructors and students to move to iClicker Cloud, because they don't need to purchase any additional hardware. iClicker Cloud integrates with Canvas, has GPS-based attendance, supports more question types, and automatically backs up grades on the cloud.
iClicker software has two versions, both of which support student responses with remotes, mobile devices, or both.
We recommend iClicker Cloud, because only it has:
iClicker Cloud replaced the iClicker Reef instructor app.
iClicker Classic runs on an instructor computer or USB drive:
|Download software from iClicker||✓|
|Download software from Virginia Tech||✓|
|Uses base station & student remotes||✓||✓|
|Uses iClicker online account & student mobile app||✓||✓|
|Backs up data on the cloud||✓|
|Data stored locally||✓|
|Upload grades to Canvas after each session||✓|
|Sync grades to Canvas automatically||✓||✓|
|Detects student location for taking attendance||✓|
|Question type: Multiple choice||✓||✓|
|Question type: Short answer||✓||✓|
|Question type: Numeric||✓||✓|
|Question type: Target||✓|
Make sure your computer meets the System Requirements from iClicker Support.
Notify the Virginia Tech Bookstore that you intend to use iClicker remotes in your course. Include:
Inform your department administrator responsible for book orders or notify the bookstore directly:
Direct students to Student Response System - How to Use iClickers (for Students) for instructions.
Activate the iClicker student registration tool in Canvas:
Detailed directions from Canvas Guides
For instructions, go to:
MacMillan Learning supports iClicker usage and syncing:
Canvas supports Canvas Grades:
For other questions: