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

Currently, the three student response systems most commonly used by SFU instructors are:

  • iClicker
  • Top Hat Monocle
  • Poll Everywhere

Student Response System Costs

For handheld systems cost is per semester.


Website: www.iclicker.com

To get 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 SFU’s iClicker website.

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 (cdrabik@sfu.ca) 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 (cdrabik@sfu.ca).

Mobile polling

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.

Instructions on how to change frequency
Student instructions on how to change frequency on iclicker remotes

Top Hat Monocle

Website: www.tophat.com

Getting started: Top Hat is a mobile-only solution. 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 and alternative solution can be deployed.

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: www.polleverywhere.com

Departmental account (Beedie only)

Beedie School of Business instructors may contact Kar-On Lee at cal2@sfu.ca if they are interested in using Poll Everywhere in their classes. 


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 (cdrabik@sfu.ca).

March 30, 2020