How to Switch from iClicker Classic to iClicker Cloud

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Thinking about making the switch from iClicker Classic to iClicker Cloud? This guide provides information to help you make a smooth transition, including important differences between the two softwares.



Overview: Differences Between iClicker Classic and iClicker Cloud

 

iClicker Classic

iClicker Cloud

Where is session data stored?

Data is Stored Locally

We recommended you download and store your iClicker Classic software on a flash drive so you can carry it with you to lectures, your office, etc. 
Data is Stored in the Cloud 

You can run iClicker Cloud sessions on any computer that has the iClicker Cloud software by simply signing-in to your instructor account. You can also access grades on the iClicker Cloud instructor website, anytime and anywhere.

Which devices can students use to participate in class?

The Choice is Yours

Students can use iClicker 2 or iClicker + remotes, however you can also enable iClicker Reef in your iClicker Classic course if you would like to allow students to participate in class using their mobile devices, tablets, or laptops.
The Choice is Yours

Students can use iClicker Reef on their mobile devices, tablets, or laptops. You can also enable the use of iClicker remotes in your iClicker Cloud course just by plugging an iClicker base into your computer.

What kind of sessions can you run in class?

Polling and Quizzing

You can run polling sessions in class. You can also run self-paced polls (only for students using iClicker 2 remotes).
Polling, Quizzing & Attendance

You can run polling, quizzing, and attendance sessions. Attendance sessions feature an optional geolocation requirement to ensure students are physically in class when they check in. 

What kinds of questions can you ask?

Multiple Choice, Numeric* & Short Answer*

You can also ask any question in “anonymous mode” so students can answer sensitive questions anonymously.

*For students participating with iClicker 2 remotes or iClicker Reef only
Multiple Choice, Numeric*, Short Answer* & Target**

You can also ask any question in “anonymous mode” so students can answer sensitive questions anonymously.

*For students participating with iClicker 2 remotes or iClicker Reef only.
**For students participating with iClicker Reef only

How do I add scores to my LMS?

The Choice is Yours: Manual or Grade Sync

You can manually export grades from iClicker Classic and upload them to your LMS. 

Your campus might be using iClicker Integrate, allowing you to sync grades over to your LMS (Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, D2L, Canvas) with one click. This requires prior setup by your campus administrator.
The Choice is Yours: Manual or Grade Sync

iClicker Cloud provides three options for adding grades from iClicker Cloud to an LMS:

1. Manually export grades from iClicker Cloud and upload them to your LMS.

2. Sync grades from iClicker Cloud into a single column in your LMS; this requires prior set-up by a campus administrator.

3. Pull grades from iClicker Cloud into multiple columns in your LMS; this requires prior set-up by a campus administrator.



What You Need to Get Started

First, you’ll need to download the free iClicker Cloud instructor software and create a free instructor account. You can access all course data from any device that has the iClicker Cloud software by simply signing in with your instructor account.

To run sessions in class, you will also need internet access–we recommend hard-wired internet, as it is more reliable than wifi. Students using iClicker Reef on their mobile devices, tablets, or laptops will need robust wifi to participate in class.

If you will allow students to participate with iClicker remotes, you will also need an iClicker base.

Click below for additional information about how to get started with iClicker Cloud:



Student Registration in iClicker Cloud

Regardless of which devices you allow students to use in class, all students must create an iClicker Reef account to ensure their grades sync to your iClicker gradebook. They can do this by downloading the mobile app via the App Store or Google Play, or by visiting the iClicker Reef web application. Then, students need to add your course in Reef or register their Reef accounts within your LMS; inform students which scenario is relevant to your course. Please note that student registration within your LMS requires prior set up by your campus administrator.

Upon creating a Reef account, students will receive a 2 week free-trial period. After that point, they will need to purchase a Reef subscription or obtain an iClicker Reef access code if they plan to continue participating in your iClicker sessions with their mobile devices, tablets, or laptops. Student should be warned that they will only receive credit for ONE account and they will not receive points if they create additional Reef accounts.

Students who will use iClicker remotes to participate must add their iClicker Remote IDs to the profile section of their Reef accounts. They will not need to pay for a Reef subscription if they only use an iClicker remote to participate in class, and can therefore ignore the “Buy or Extend Subscription” message that will appear in their Reef account. 

If a student wants the flexibility to use both an iClicker remote and iClicker Reef on a mobile device, the student can purchase a Reef subscription in addition to an iClicker remote and simply register the remote in Reef. Your iClicker Cloud software will record the student’s last response to the question regardless of which device they use to vote. 

Access resources you can share with your students to help them prepare to participate in class.



iClicker Cloud Course Settings

Before running sessions in class, review your iClicker Cloud settings to ensure they meet the specific needs of your course. This ranges from inputting information that will help your students add your course in Reef to deciding if/how you will be using an LMS with iClicker Cloud. Settings are customized on a course-by-course basis, so if you are running multiple courses in iClicker Cloud, modify the settings for each individual course. 

Access a step-by-step article/video about managing iClicker Cloud Course settings.



iClicker Cloud Attendance

Unlike the polling and quizzing modules, iClicker Cloud’s Attendance module is run entirely from the iClicker Cloud Instructor website and can be set up to automatically run during each class period.

iClicker Cloud’s Attendance module allows you to take attendance using optional geolocation technology that recognizes if students are within range of your classroom when they check-in. 

Before running an attendance session, ensure you have customized your attendance settings–including the optional geolocation information. For more information about the attendance module, click below:



iClicker Cloud Polling & Quizzing

Unlike the Attendance module, Polling and Quizzing sessions can only be run from the iClicker Cloud desktop software. In general, running iClicker Cloud sessions is very similar to running iClicker Classic sessions–you can run a session over any presentation software, grade on the fly, ask anonymous questions, and more. 

However, there are a few differences regarding question types, polling toolbars, and grading. One notable enhancement is that iClicker Cloud can send students screen shots and results from the questions asked during class to use as a study guide.

Click below for step-by-step guides and more helpful information about running sessions in iClicker Cloud:



Gradebook and Roster

iClicker Cloud grade information can be accessed from either the iClicker Cloud Desktop software or the online gradebook via the iClicker Cloud instructor website. Before working with your gradebook, ensure that you have decided how you will be adding grades from iClicker Cloud to your LMS–if you are syncing grades with your LMS it will require prior setup by your campus administrator.
  • Options available in both the iClicker Cloud Desktop software and the iClicker Cloud Online Gradebook:
    • View a summary of all session data.
    • Export data for individual sessions and/or all sessions.
    • Delete a session.
    • View your roster and delete students if needed.
  • Options available in only in the iClicker Cloud Desktop Software:
    • Grade polling and/or quizzing sessions.
    • Customize the scoring settings for all sessions or individual sessions.
  • Options available in only in the iClicker Cloud Online gradebook:
    • View granular grading data by session and by student.
    • Export your roster.
    • Manually update session points for individual students.
    • Sync grades to your LMS (if applicable for your campus/course).



Technical Support

One aspect of iClicker that will remain the same if you switch from iClicker Classic to iClicker Cloud is the support that’s available to you and your students throughout the term. Contact Tech Support via phone or email, or submit a support ticket at any time

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