iClicker Classic Manual Integration: Blackboard Learn

Document created by Digital Support on May 19, 2017Last modified by Digital Support on Jun 2, 2017
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Overview 
 
iClicker provides you the convenience of downloading a class roster from Blackboard rather than creating a roster on your own. We recommend this option if you use Blackboard to post your course grades. The following sections walk you through the steps for downloading a course roster from Blackboard, registering student remotes, and exporting polling results for use with Blackboard. 

Please follow these steps:

Step 1: Create a Course and Update Course Settings
Step 2: Export a Blackboard Learn Course Roster
Step 3: Instruct Students to Register iClicker Remotes
Step 4: Synchronize Web Registrations 
Step 5: Upload Grades from Gradebook into Blackboard Learn 


Step 1: Create a Course and Update Course Settings
 
You will need to create a course and change your course settings in iClicker prior to downloading a course roster from Blackboard.
 
To create a course and change your course settings:
 
1. Double-click the iClicker icon to start the program.

2. Click on + Create and enter the name of your course. Then click Create. A new course sub-folder is automatically created in the Classes folder.

3. Click the Settings button.

4. Select the Gradebook tab.

5. Select Blackboard Learn from the Roster Source menu. After clicking Save, you will receive an alert reminding you that your course roster will not appear in the gradebook until you sync it from Blackboard or add the correct file to your course folder. This is completed in Step 2.

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Step 2: Export a Blackboard Learn Course Roster 
 
Once you have created a course in iClicker, you can download a course roster from Blackboard Learn and add it to your iClicker class folder.
 
To download/export your Blackboard Learn course roster:
 
1. Log into Blackboard and select the course you are using iClicker with from the My Courses list.

2. On the left side of the screen, under Control Panel, click Grade Center then select Full Grade Center.

3. In the Full Grade Center, click Work Offline then select Download.

4. Select the following options:
  • Select Data to Download: Full Grade Center
  • Delimiter Type: Comma
  • Include Hidden Information: No

5. On the Download Grades page click the Download button.

6. Once the file has downloaded you can either:

a. Rename it “gb_export.csv” and move it to the course folder (e.g., Biology 101) in your Classes folder.

NOTE: If you do not see your course folder in the Classes folder, please refer to Step 1.

b. Upload your roster directly into the iClicker Gradebook by selecting Import Roster on the Roster not found. alert or by clicking on Import at any time from within the Gradebook. Note: When using option b you do not need a specific filename. 

TIP: We recommend that you open the CSV file to make sure the file includes: student last name, student first name, and student Blackboard ID. The information should appear correctly when you select Full Grade Center but it’s best to double-check. If you open the file and everything is correct, close it without saving. IMPORTANT: Once the file has been downloaded, do not modify the CSV file as it will make the file format unreadable by iClicker.
 
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Step 3: Instruct Students to Register iClicker Remotes
 
Before the roster can be synchronized, students must register their iClicker remotes.
 
To have your students register online, advise them to visit www.iclicker.com and then click Register Your Remote on the menu screen. Online registration is recommended, especially for classes of 30 students or more. Roll Call Registration may be an option for you if you have a smaller class.
 

TIP: We highly recommend including instructions in the course syllabus that explicitly state which student ID should be used (for Blackboard, they should use their Blackboard usernames as the student ID) while registering. The student ID is the key component used while synchronizing the roster and this will help both you and the student avoid confusion.
 
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Step 4: Synchronize Web Registrations 
 
Once your students have registered their remotes, you can use the iClicker Gradebook to synchronize your course roster, as long as you have an internet connection.
 
NOTE: Students must vote at least once in class for their online registration to synchronize with the iClicker Gradebook. We recommend asking at least one question on the first day of class, such as an attendance or ice-breaker question, in order to capture remote IDs before asking your students to register.
 
To synchronize web registrations:
 
1. After selecting Open Gradebook on the iClicker main menu, click Sync.

2. iClicker synchronizes your roster information with your students' online registrations. A confirmation screen appears informing you how many records were updated.

3. Any students who have registered their iClicker remotes will be matched to the iClicker ID in your Gradebook. The iClicker ID will disappear from your Gradebook and the student’s name will appear in blue.

Any unregistered clicker IDs that remain after this step (i.e., you continue to see records with red clicker ID numbers), likely belong to students who have not yet registered online. Check with your students and synchronize again later. If there are problems synchronizing only one or two students who have registered online, you can also run a Roll Call registration or register these students manually, by clicking their name in Gradebook andAdding their iClicker ID. You can repeat these steps as often as necessary.
 
TIP: We suggest setting a deadline for web registration. An end date will allow you to confirm all students are registered and assist you with classroom and iClicker management.
 
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Step 5: Upload Grades from Gradebook into Blackboard Learn 
 
To upload grades into Blackboard Learn:
 
1. When you are ready to upload your iClicker polling data into Blackboard, Open Gradebook and click Export.
 

2. Click the checkbox next to all of the sessions you would like to export or click Select All.

3. Customize how you would like your sessions and points exported.

4. The student scores are saved in your course folder, within the Classes folder in a file called Uploadfile.csv.

NOTE: Only one Uploadfile.csv can exist in your course folder at once. If you wish to export data into more than one file during a single session, you will need to move or rename the previously created Uploadfile.csv before exporting a different selection of sessions. When you no longer need the information in the exported file, you may leave it in your course folder and it will simply be overwritten the next time you need to export.
 
5. Log into Blackboard, select your course, and go back to Full Grade Center on the Control Panel under Grade Center.
 
6. Click Work Offline and then select Upload.

7. Click Browse My Computer and find the UploadFile.csv file in your course folder and click Open.

8. Click Submit.

9. Review the information, select what you would like to upload, and then click Submit.

10. You can now view the updated Full Grade Center with the sessions and points just added.

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