Learning technology

Student Response Systems 

Student Response Systems, commonly referred to as clickers, encourage active learning in large classrooms, but can also be effective for stimulating small-group discussion. They allow students to provide immediate feedback to questions by means of wireless electronic devices. The results can be tabulated and displayed.

Student Response Systems enable faculty to

  • create a comfortable environment in which all students can participate
  • increase student interaction, especially in large lecture halls
  • determine if students are understanding the material

Student Response Systems enable students to

  • feel comfortable about answering questions
  • in large classes because their responses are anonymous to other students
  • collaborate to form a response
  • compare their level of understanding with that of their peers
  • explore concepts in a fun and interactive way

There are 3 different Student Response Systems that are currently most commonly in use by SFU instructors. They are:

  • iClicker
  • Top Hat Monocle
  • Poll Everywhere


Getting Started:
Contact Christina Drabik (cdrabik@sfu.ca) for an orientation and to receive a free base unit and instructor remote.
Software can be downloaded at our iClicker Website.
Integration with SFU Canvas
You can choose to use Canvas Integration to automatically download the roster from Canvas to iGrader and for students to register their devices on Canvas. You can set up the integration with these instructions: 
 or contact Christina Drabik (cdrabik@sfu.ca) for assistance.
iclicker 6.x integration with Canvas
​The use of integration requires students to give consent in order to comply with FIPPA legistlation. The integration between Canvas and iClicker will pass student data into the iClicker servers which are located outside of SFU. Windows 10 is not compatible with iClicker 6.x software.
iClicker 7 integration with Canvas
Full integration is currently not available with iClicker 7.  However, it is possible to download your gradebook from Canvas and reformat it to create the roster file. For further information please contact Christina Drabik (cdrabik@sfu.ca)
iClicker 6&7 without Canvas Integration
If instructors choose not to use Canvas Integration, students can register their hardware clickers directly on www.iclicker.com according to the boiler plate statement below. Instructors will need to manually upload and download rosters to and from Canvas. Please see instructions on how to sync rosters manually.( Also available how to sync rosters using Windows)
Mobile Polling
Mobile Polling available through the REEF polling app. It is available for iOS and Android devices and is subject to the instructor permitting the use of mobile devices as a medium for submitting votes. REEF is used it must be used with iClicker 7. REEF is not FIPPA compliant and consent forms are mandatory.
How do Students purchase a handheld device?
Students can purchase a handheld device directly from the SFU bookstore.  Alternately used devices can be used. Used devices will be subject to a $6.99US fee when registering through www.iclicker.com

Top Hat Monocle

Website: www.tophat.com

Getting Started:
Top Hat is a mobile only solution. Be aware that wireless connectivity can fluctuate depending on device and usage load. It is highly recommended that you ensure that your teaching environment is equipped with adequate wireless connections. Please email Kar-On Lee (cal2@sfu.ca) with your classroom location and registration capacity to verify.  

Canvas Integration
Canvas Integration is available and no consent form is required because Top Hat and SFU have signed a privacy schedule. For more information please contact: Christina Drabik (cdrabik@sfu.ca)

Poll Everywhere

Website: https://www.polleverywhere.com/

Departmental account (Beedie only)

Beedie School of Business instructors please contact Kar-On Lee at uglms@sfu.ca if are you interested in using Poll Everywhere in your classes. The departmental account enables students to use it with extra fees.

Canvas Integration
Canvas Integration is available but a consent form is required. For more information please contact: Christina Drabik (cdrabik@sfu.ca)

Instructor protocol for FIPPA Compliance

Instructors are required to follow the protocol outlined below to comply with privacy legislation and must take reasonable security measures to protect private data on their devices.

Required procedures for FIPPA compliance when using iclickers.

  • Provide your students with the FIPPA compliance boiler plate statement. (see below)
  • Password protect your devices (e.g. laptop, tablet , mobile device) and the data on them (e.g. file level password, encryption, etc.) to meet the requirement of taking reasonable security measures to protect student data.
    Note: This is true for all student data on your devices whether or not it is obtained using a Classroom Response System
  • If a student has a serious, principled objection to registering his/her Student Response System on an external server, the instructor has the discretion to offer an alternative process to the student.  Students must, however, give adequate notice and reason for their objection.

Boiler Plate Statement

  • If the course requires the use of iclickers to collect in-class responses from students, the easiest way for most students to register their iclickers is via the iclicker website at http://www.iclicker.com. All response data is stored locally on the instructor’s equipment, but until iclicker and SFU sign a privacy schedule, consent forms will be required. Registering with the iclicker website is a transaction between the student and iclicker. Please use your SFU computing ID (e.g. doej for someone with e-mail doej@sfu.ca) to identify yourself. Do not use the student number. Any student with a concern about using the iclicker registration service must inform the instructor in ample time to make other arrangements for registering the student’s iclicker.
October 23, 2017