iClicker Classic Manual Integration: Blackboard Learn

Document created by Digital Support on May 19, 2017Last modified by Digital Support on Apr 4, 2018
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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:


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.

Open iClicker Classic

Double-click the iClicker icon to start the program.

Create a course

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.

Click "Settings"

Click the "Gradebook" tab

Select "Blackboard Learn" for "Roster Source" and click "Save"

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 the next step.

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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.

Navigate to your course in Blackboard

Log into Blackboard and select the course you are using iClicker with from the My Courses list.

Open Full Grade Center

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


Click "Work Offline" then select "Download"

Select download options

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

Click the "Download" button

Import grades file into iClicker

There are two possible methods of importing the gradebook file into iClicker.

Method 1: 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, you most likely still need to create an iClicker course as shown in the previous section.

Method 2: 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 this method you do not need a specific file name.

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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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 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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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.

Sync iClicker Gradebook

After selecting Open Gradebook on the iClicker main menu, click Sync.

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

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 and adding 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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Upload grades from Gradebook into Blackboard Learn 

Export iClicker Gradebook

When you are ready to upload your iClicker polling data into Blackboard, Open Gradebook and click Export.

Select sessions to export

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

Customize exported data

Customize how you would like your sessions and points exported, then click Export.

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.

Go to Full Grade Center in Blackboard

Log into Blackboard, select your course, and go back to Full Grade Center on the Control Panel under Grade Center.

Click "Work Offline" then "Upload"

Upload iClicker gradebook file

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

Click "Submit"

Review and submit

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

View uploaded info in Blackboard

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

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