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
Currently, the three student response systems most commonly used by SFU instructors are:
- Top Hat Monocle
- Poll Everywhere
Student Response System Costs
For handheld systems cost is per semester.
Integration with SFU Canvas
You can choose to use Canvas Integration to manually download the roster from Canvas to iclicker software and for students to register their devices in Canvas. You can set up the integration with the following instructions:
or by contacting Christina Drabik (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
iClicker classic integration with Canvas
Full integration is currently not available with iClicker classic. 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 (email@example.com).
iClicker classic without Canvas Integration
If instructors choose not to use Canvas Integration, students can register their hardware clickers directly on www.iclicker.com in keeping with the FIPPA compliance protocol outlined at the bottom of this page. 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 is 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 can only be used with iClicker classic. 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. Alternatively, used devices can be employed. Used devices are subject to a US$6.99 fee when they are registered through www.iclicker.com.
Frequencies at Burnaby Classrooms
Below is a list of all the classrooms in Burnaby where there is an iclicker base unit and a set frequency for that particular classroom.
Top Hat Monocle
Getting started: Top Hat is a mobile-only solution. Be aware that wireless connectivity in classrooms 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 contact Kar-On Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your classroom location and registration capacity to verify.
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 (email@example.com).
Protocol for FIPPA compliance
All students are required to sign an online consent form in order to use iclickers integration with Canvas. For more information and assistance in importing the consent form into your Canvas course please contact Christina Drabik (firstname.lastname@example.org).