iClicker Classic Manual Integration: Canvas

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 Canvas rather than creating a roster on your own. We recommend this option if you use Canvas to post your course grades. The following sections walk you through the steps for downloading a course roster from Canvas, registering student remotes, and exporting polling results for use with Canvas. 

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 Canvas.

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 "Canvas" for "Roster Source" and click "Save"

Select Canvas 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 Canvas or add the correct file to your course folder. This is completed in the next step.

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Export a 
Canvas course roster

Once you have created a course in iClicker, you can download a course roster from Canvas and add it to your iClicker class folder.

Go to your Canvas course

Log into Canvas and select the course you are using iClicker with from your Dashboard.

Click "Grades"

Download roster

Click Export and then select Current to download your roster.

Import roster file into iClicker

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

Method 1: Rename it “roster_canvas.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 name (formatted as Last Name, First Name) and either the SIS User ID or SIS Login ID. The information should appear correctly 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. 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

Export iClicker Gradebook

When you are ready to upload your iClicker polling data into Canvas, 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.

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 Canvas gradebook

Log into Canvas, select your course, and then click Grades.

Click "Import"

Upload gradebook file

Click Choose File and find the UploadFile.csv file in your course folder. Once you've opened your file, click Upload Data.

Fix unrecognized data

Identify or ignore any unrecognized students. Then, identify or create a new assessment and click Continue.

Review the information and click "Save Changes"

Wait for scores to upload

Your scores are being uploaded. Click OK on the message stating that you can leave the page at any time while your scores upload. Wait for the scores to upload or return to Canvas at a later time to review your new Grades.

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