Student Clicker Registration

All Penn State students should register their clicker by clicking the “Register your iClicker for Canvas” button on http://www.clickers.psu.edu/.  If a student wishes to check to see if their clicker has been registered properly, they can click that same button, login, and the registration site will show them a list of all clicker IDs that are registered in their name.  If a student is in doubt, they can always register their clicker again.  There is no charge for registering a new or used clicker using this system.

Students should not register their clickers on iclicker.com – that system is not tied into our Canvas system, and it may charge them to register when it’s not needed.

i>clicker Software Course Settings

When using i>clicker with Canvas, you will need to change a few settings in the i>clicker software for your course.

Open the i>clicker software, create your course or click on it if already created, and then click the Settings button.

Click on the Gradebook tab to move to the Gradebook settings.

Next to “Roster Source” choose “Canvas.”

Next to “Server URL:” add the following address if it’s not already there:

http://helperapps.tlt.psu.edu/lookup/clicker.php?c=

Click Save.

iclicker-canvas-settings

 

Export Gradebook from Canvas to Add Student Names to i>clicker

To list students in the last-name-first format, follow the directions here.

Login to Canvas, select your course, and click Grades.

Click Actions, then Export.  A copy of your Canvas gradebook will be downloaded to your computer.

Open i>clicker, click on your Course, and click Open Gradebook.

If you have not imported a roster yet, the software will prompt you to do so.

If you have already imported a roster file, click the Import button, click Browse, and select the gradebook file you just downloaded from Canvas.  It will most likely be in the Downloads folder of your computer.  Click Open.

Your students names should now appear in the i>clicker gradebook.  Once you have run a clicker session in class, you will be able to click the Sync button to sync the students’ clicker registrations.

Export Grades from i>clicker and into Canvas

Open the i>clicker software, click on your course, and then click Open Gradebook.

Click the Sync button to update any student clicker registrations that may have happened since the last time you synced.

There are two options for uploading i>clicker scores: Single Assignment Aggregate Total & Multiple Assignment Separate Totals

Single Assignment Aggregate Total:

Click the Export button, and put a checkmark next to the section or sections that you wish to include in the export.  Click Next.

Click the option to “Aggregate sessions together as a single entry” and click the Export button.  Save the file somewhere easy to locate.

Your resulting CSV file should have a single column with the sum of all iClicker points that looks like this:

Login to Canvas and choose your course.

If you’ve already created a clicker points assignment in Canvas and you need to update the total possible clicker points, click Assignments, then click the three dots all the way to the right within your clicker points assignment and click Edit.  Change the points to the new total, and click Save.

Keep in mind that the uploading of grades into an existing assignment will overwrite, not add, the values that were already present.  This is important to remember if you have manually entered data into the assignment in Canvas.  The value in the grades column of the CSV file you upload will be the value Canvas displays for the student.

Click Grades on the left, then click “Actions” and then import.

Click the button next to “Choose a CSV file to upload” and select the file that we exported from i>clicker.

Click Upload Data.  Click on Choose assignment, and select your clicker points assignment.  Click Continue.

Canvas only allows you to upload grades to an assignment that is published.  Unpublished assignments will not be available to choose.

*If you have not created an i>clicker assignment yet, choose the “New Assignment” dropdown, add the points possible, and click continue.*

You should now see a preview of the changes about to be made to your gradebook.  To finish, click “Save Changes” at the bottom of the window.


Canvas may take up to 10 minutes to process a grades upload.  The values on the Grades page will populate as they are processed.

 

Multiple Assignments Separate Totals:

Click the Export button, and put a checkmark next to the section or sections that you wish to include in the export.  This can be any number of sessions.  Click Next.

 

Select the option “Each session is a separate entry” and click Export.  Save this file somewhere easy to locate.

The resulting Excel file should have multiple columns with point values for each session like this:

Login to Canvas and choose your course.

If you’ve already created clicker assignments in Canvas and you need to update the total possible clicker points, click Assignments, then click the three dots all the way to the right within your clicker points assignments and click Edit.  Change the points to the new total, and click Save.

Keep in mind that the uploading of grades into an existing assignment will overwrite, not add, the values that were already present.  This is important to remember if you have manually entered data into the assignment in Canvas.  The value in the grades column of the CSV file you upload will be the value Canvas displays for the student.

Click Grades on the left, then click “Actions” and then import.

Click the button next to “Choose a CSV file to upload” and select the file that we exported from i>clicker.  Click upload data.

Canvas only allows you to upload grades to an assignment that is published.  Unpublished assignments will not be available to choose.

Next you will be prompted to select the assignments you would like to apply columns from the spreadsheet to.  You can select existing assignments, or make new ones for the i>clicker values to be applied to.

After selecting assignments and clicking continue, you should now see a preview of the changes about to be made to your gradebook.  To finish, click “Save Changes” at the bottom of the window.

Canvas may take up to 10 minutes to process a grades upload.  The values on the Grades page will populate as they are processed.

 

Questions or Problems?

To self troubleshoot many of the problems that occur when importing a roster from Canvas, follow the step by step directions outlined here: Roster Troubleshooting Guide.

As always, if you have any questions regarding anything clicker-related, please email clickers@psu.edu.

 

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