Instructor Guide: iClicker Classic Integrate with D2L/Brightspace

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The iClicker D2L plug-in allows a seamless integration of data between D2L and iClicker’s integrated gradebook. Communication with the D2L plug-in:

  1. Enables students to register their iClicker remotes directly within D2L.
  2. Allows you to easily download your class roster and student registrations from D2L.
  3. Allows you to easily upload your iClicker scores into D2L's gradebook. 
The iClicker integration with D2L requires some setup and authentication work from your LMS administrator prior to your use of the integration within iClicker Classic. Please consult your LMS administrator for a pre-packaged iClicker software folder which contains the necessary integration files. Alternatively, your administrator may provide a single file for you to place inside your iClicker folder.

Follow the steps below to complete the integration process:

Video: iClicker Integrate with D2L/Brightspace
Step 1: Configure Your iClicker Software
Step 2: Enable Student Registration in Desire2Learn
Step 3: Synchronize Your Roster
Step 4: Upload iClicker Polling Data
Step 5: Review iClicker Scores in Desire2Learn

Video: iClicker Integrate with D2L/Brightspace

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Step 1: Configure Your iClicker Software

When you copy the integration file into your iClicker Classic Resources folder, the software will recognize you are using D2L as your LMS. You must match each D2L course to each iClicker course (for the courses in which you plan to use the integration).

1. Select your course name from the course list and click Settings. For directions on creating your course, see Create a Course

2. Click the Gradebook tab near the top of the new window.

3. In the Learning management system (LMS) section, Desire2Learn should be preselected.

4. Click the Select Course button in the Learning management system (LMS) section.

5. The instructions for Log in to your Learning Management System are displayed.

6. Click Login. Your default browser will open to your school’s D2L homepage. Enter your username and password and click login on your D2L homepage.

NOTE: If your administrator has allowed your school’s instructors to save login credentials, you will see the “Save my credentials and automatically log me in to my LMS” checkbox option. This box is checked by default. If you do NOT wish to save your credentials, uncheck this box before clicking Log In.

7. Your list of D2L courses should be shown. Select the course that matches the course you created in iClicker and click Select. If you are teaching a multi-section course, please be sure to choose the specific section that matches your iClicker course and roster. You may also choose the parent course, in which case the rosters of all sections will be included.

NOTE: You can choose to Log Out from this window. You will need to log back in again later if you wish to download your D2L roster or upload iClicker grades to D2L.

8. The D2L course selected will appear next to LMS Course.

9. Click Save.

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Step 2: Enable Student Registration in Desire2Learn

To receive credit for their iClicker responses, students must register their iClicker remotes (i.e., tie their clicker ID to their student ID). Note: your campus administrator may have enabled student registration for you.

1. Log in to Desire2Learn using your instructor username and password.

2. On the Desire2Learn Home page, select the course to which you want to enable iClicker registration.

3. From the Content page, click the “Add a Module…” field from the content navigation. Type the name of the module you wish to create, such as “Register iClicker”.

4. The option to Add Existing Activities now appears. Click the Add Existing Activities button and select External Learning Tools.

5. The Add Activity window appears. Choose the External Learning Tool you created in the previous steps. For example, “Register your iClicker Remote”.

6. The link is now included in your course content and will be visible to students.

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Step 3: Synchronize Your Roster

You can import your student roster (complete with registration data) into iClicker so polling data can be credited to your students. 

1. Open iClicker Classic and click on Gradebook.

2. Click the Sync Roster icon.

3. Your D2L roster will be downloaded, and you will receive a message that your roster downloaded successfully.

  • If your D2L credentials were not saved during course setup in iClicker, you will need to enter your credentials.
  • It is recommended that you Sync Roster after drop/add periods are over in order to keep your roster up-to-date.
  • D2L codes the roster in such a way that iClicker is forced to include you and any TAs associated with your D2L course when you click Sync Roster. Therefore, you will want to remove any non-students from the roster before uploading grades from iClicker.
    • Prepare a list of non-students (including student IDs) that you need to remove.
    • Open the gradesexport file in your class folder (Classes > [your course]). Delete any rows associated with non-students and save the file.
    • In your SessionData folder, locate and open the RemoteID file. Delete any rows associated with non-students and save the file.
    • After this point, if you click "Sync Roster" again, or you will need to repeat these steps to remove non-students from the roster.
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Step 4: Upload iClicker Polling Data

After you’ve polled your students in class, your polling data will appear in the iClicker gradebook. You can view students’ points, adjust scores, delete questions, synchronize registrations and export/upload student polling data into your D2L gradebook.

1. Launch iClicker, select your course and click Open Gradebook.

2. From the Gradebook main window, select Sync Scores.

3. The Upload Scores to LMS to select sessions window appears. Select the session(s) you wish to upload and click Next.

4. The Upload Scores to LMS customize data window appears. From this window you can choose to:
  • Upload each session as a separate entry
  • Aggregate sessions together as a single entry
  • Upload total points
  • Upload performance points only
  • Upload participation points only
  • Upload both performance points and participation points as separate entries

5. Make your selections and click Upload.

6. Your data will be uploaded to D2L, and you will receive a confirmation message.

NOTE: The scores will be uploaded into your LMS Gradebook as numeric quiz grades in the iClicker polling data scores category. You will be able to edit individual student iClicker scores within D2L after you’ve uploaded the data.

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Step 5: Review iClicker Scores in Desire2Learn
  1. Log in to Desire2Learn and select the course for which you wish to view your updated gradebook.
  2. Once on your Course Home page, click the Grades toolbar link in the Desire2Learn header area.
  3. The Grades page will open. Click Switch to Spreadsheet View to view and edit iClicker scores. The session scores will appear as numeric scores in may be edited like any other scores within Desire2Learn.
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