Instructor Guide: iClicker Classic Integrate with Blackboard Learn

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The iClicker Blackboard Learn plug-in allows a seamless integration of data between Blackboard and iClicker’s integrated gradebook. Communication with the Blackboard plug-in:
  1. Enables students to register their iClicker remotes directly within Blackboard.
  2. Allows you to easily download your class roster and student registrations from Blackboard.
  3. Allows you to easily upload your iClicker scores into Blackboard’s gradebook. 
Integration with the Blackboard plug-in requires some set up and authentication work from your Blackboard administrator prior to your use of the application. Your Blackboard administrator should have already done the following:
  • Added a link in your LMS that your students can use to register their iClicker remotes
  • Provided you with a customer version of iClicker Classic that is pre-configured to communicate with your Blackboard plug-in.
Follow the steps below to complete the integration process:

Video: iClicker Integrate with Blackboard 
Step 1: Configure Your iClicker Software
Step 2: Enable Student Registration in Blackboard
Step 3: Instructor Tools 
Step 4: Synchronize Your Roster
Step 5: Upload Your iClicker Polling Data
Step 6: Review iClicker Scores in Blackboard


Video: iClicker Integrate with Blackboard

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Step 1Configure Your iClicker Software

When the integration file is detected in the iClicker Classic Resources folder, the software automatically recognizes that you are using Blackboard as your LMS. You will need to map your iClicker course to the corresponding course in Blackboard.

1. Select your course name from the course list and click Settings. For directions on creating your course, see Create a Course.
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2. Navigate to the Gradebook tab. Blackboard Learn (or a custom label specified by your Admin) should appear for the LMS Name. Click Select Course and then enter you LMS Username and either your LMS Password or Security Key for single sign-on (refer to Step 2: Enable Student Registration in Blackboard and Step 3: Instructor Tools below for helping finding this key).

NOTE: If your administrator has configured more than one LMS, you may see a drop-down list next to LMS Name. If so, choose your LMS and continue.


3. Upon logging in, a list of your Blackboard courses is returned. Select the course that maps to the iClicker course and click Select.

NOTE: If you choose to Log Out from this window, you will need to log back in when downloading your roster from Blackboard or uploading iClicker grades to Blackboard.


4. The selected Blackboard course appears next to LMS Course. Click Save in the bottom right corner to close the Course Settings window.


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Step 2: Enable Student Registration in Blackboard

To receive credit for their iClicker responses, students must register their iClicker remotes (i.e., tie their clicker ID to their student ID). Students can also register their Reef accounts within Blackboard to ensure that their student ID matches your roster. Registered iClicker remote IDs and Reef accounts are automatically associated with student names in your Blackboard gradebook and in the iClicker gradebook.

To enable iClicker registration in Blackboard Learn 9.1: 

1. From the course Home Page, expand the Control Panel, expand the Customization sub-section, and then click the Tool Availability link.


2. From the Tool Availability page, locate the two iClicker tools: iClicker Instructor Resources and iClicker Student Registration. For both entries, select the Available check box.


3. Commit the tool availability changes by clicking the Submit button.


4. From the side navigation pane, select Tools for your course.


5. Locate the iClicker Student Registration option on the Tools page. This is how the iClicker registration link will appear for students in your course.
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TIP: If you do not see the iClicker link, it is likely being hidden. Turn on Edit Mode, click the Show Link button to make the link visible, then turn Edit Mode off.


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Step 3: Instructor Tools 

You can review a report of your student remote registration information using the iClicker Instructor Tools. The registration information can be searched, sorted, and filtered. Students without a registered remote can be easily sent an email reminder to register.

1. On your course Home Page, expand the Course Tools option and click the iClicker Instructor Tools link.


2. Start by clicking Instructor Report.


3. Before showing the instructor report, the iClicker Instructor Report Settings page presents options for filtering or searching the student registration information. Once you have made your selections click the Submit button to generate a report of registration information.


4. Review your report. It's recommended to send students who have not yet registered a remote an email reminder by clicking the Email All Unregistered button.


5. From the Instructor Tool screen (step 1) click on SSO Security Key to view the key you will need to enter in your iClicker application.


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Step 4: 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 Blackboard roster will be downloaded, and you will receive a message that your roster downloaded successfully.

It is recommended that you Sync Roster after drop/add periods are over in order to keep your roster up-to-date.

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Step 5: 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 Blackboard 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. Choose how you would like your scores to upload and click Upload.


5. Your data will be uploaded to Blackboard, and you will receive a confirmation message.

NOTE: If your Blackboard credentials were not saved during course setup in iClicker, you will need to enter your credentials.

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Step 6: Review iClicker Scores in Blackboard

Once you have uploaded your iClicker polling data to your course, you can review the scores within Blackboard.

1. From the course Home Page, click the Grade Center option and then the Full Grade Center link.


2. The Grade Center page opens and will include your newly uploaded iClicker scores. The scores will appear as numeric values and may be edited like any other score within Blackboard.

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