Preparing to use i>Clickers is your Course
A. Download the integration files:
- Click heretto download the integration files needed to ensure you can transfer information (You will be prompted to enter your blazer ID and password).
- Click on the drop-down menu
- Select iClicker and follow the directions provided.
- Extract the appropriate set of files (Select appropriate set of files for Windows [4 files] or Mac[3 files])
- IF you intend using both Windows and MAC, [e.g. a classroom PC and a home Mac] you will need to take these steps .
- Copy the selected files to the resources folder within the i>clicker software on your flash drive
B. Set up the student registration link in your course:
- Create a content area in your course (alternatively, you can use an existing content area. Click here for help on creating a content area).
- Within this content area, Select Tools, More Tools, then Select i>clicker Remote Registration:
The following page will be displayed, just click Submit:
When your students enter your course, they will see the following link:
Students will click on the link and enter their remote ID:
In an effort to establish a well supported, cost-effective use of clickers ("classroom interactive response systems"), and to assist with their integration across campus, UAB has selected i>Clicker as the standard UAB Response System. The i>Clicker2 system was chosen for its ease of use, compatibility with UAB computing environment and technical support.
How Do I get Started?
How Do I Get Started?
Faculty interested in using i>clickers should request an instructor kit. Once requested, a kit can be acquired at the Center for Teaching & Learning. It includes a base receiver and USB cable, flash drive and instructor remote unit.
During Spring 2013, instructors will be asked to carry the i>clicker2 receiver to their classroom. The Receivers will be added to standard classroom equipment as of Summer, 2013.
A list of technology enhanced classrooms that will be equipped with i>clicker2 receivers is available HERE.
For use in other classrooms, faculty should use the individual receiver included in their instructor kits.
Allow 5 - 7 business days for shipping. When the kit comes in, we will send an email so that the requesting faculty may come by to pick it up.
Student i>clicker2 units are available through the Barnes & Noble UAB bookstore and Snoozy's. The current retail price is $45 per unit; there are no annual license fees. To register the unit, please review the following instructions. The unit can be used in multiple classes. Students who have already purchased an eps or Turning point clicker through the UAB bookstore will be able to exchange that unit for the i>clicker2 unit at no additional charge. This exchange option will be available until 8/31/2013.
- Become active participants in class
- Get instant feedback on their knowledge and/or comprehension
- Receive instruction adapted to their immediate needs
- Find out how they measure up to the rest of the class
- Voice their opinion without apprehension or embarrassment
- Express themselves in spite of shyness
- Identify areas they need to improve on
Benefits to Faculty
- Gather data to gauge students' comprehension before moving on
- Poll students and display class results instantly
- Enhance large lecture class with increased student participation and interaction
- Increase students' understanding and retention of topics by keeping them engaged
- Allow anonymity on controversial questions
- Provide feedback to students on their understanding
- Check if students can apply a concept to a different context
- Transform one-way teacher lecture into teacher-student interaction
- Get a large volume of individual answers immediately
- Reduce time on administrative tasks such as grading and taking attendance
For issues with the i>Clicker2 Response System units, software and features, please contact:
i>Clicker Technical Support Team
Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CST
Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST
For issues using the i>clicker2 Response System within your technology enhanced classroom, please contact:
AskIT at 205-996-5555 (6-5555 on campus) or submit a ticket.
Questionmark Perception is a software tool that provides the ability to create, schedule, deliver, and report on/analyze tests, surveys, and other assignment structures. Each school has an administrator who has access to the author tool and can create and maintain topic structures.
Questionmark Live is Question Mark’s web-based question authoring tool for instructors. It gives you the ability to write questions and submit them to the QM Perception authoring manager.
Why use Questionmark?
The transition from Blackboard Vista to Blackboard Learn was one to a new system, and not an upgrade to a new version of the same system. The former WebCT Vista product was purchased by Blackboard in 2005 and these separate platforms were maintained by Blackboard until their decision to discontinue support for Blackboard Vista in 2012.
The same features and functions do not exist in each system, and one component that Blackboard Learn 9.1 lacks is detailed test item analysis and reporting capability. To shore up this gap, UAB has adopted Questionmark Perception. If you used test item analysis and reporting features in Blackboard Vista that are not currently available in Blackboard Learn, you may want to consider using Questionmark to deliver tests.
How to Use Questionmark Live
This animated walk-through covers all the essential elements of using the software and additional support, including knowledge base and best practice documents, is located on the Questionmark support page.
We will also provide an on-site workshop.
Additional details are provided in build and share tests.
Respondus and LockDown Browser
Respondus is a test authoring tool for generating and managing test questions and pools. This software is a desktop application; you can download from UAB Information Technology's software download website.
Respondus Quick Start Guide
Lockdown Browser Quick Start Guide
Creating and formatting questions
Using publisher test banks
Preparing an exam
Workaround for Uploading tests into Blackboard
Please Note: Currently, we have to employ a workaround for uploading tests created in respondus to blackboard. Please use this procedure until further notice.
Blackboard Collaborate Plan and Publish
Blackboard Collaborate Plan is a tool you can use to organize, script, and package a session prior to your real-time, online session. Unlike other products designed for self-paced viewing,
You can download plan here.
You can access a recorded demonstration on the plan tool, sample plans, and the user guide here.
The Publish tool allows you to create video and audio podcasts as well as standalone recordings.
Download the tool here. Click here for a recorded demo and the user guide.
Bb Collaborate Product Overview
Collaborate is a flexible product can that can be used in much the same way as Wimba as a virtual classroom, online meeting space, a location for virtual office hours, among other uses. Essential features include two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording.
New features include:
- a redesigned user interface;
- an object-based whiteboard that is more flexible and in which annotations persist throughout a session;
- audio buffering to improve audio quality and echo cancellation that eliminates the need for headphones
- up to 6 simultaneous video streams
- multimedia presentation tool
- private chat monitoring
- mobile access to sessions for students
In addition, two desktop tools are available to develop content and activity before a real-time session: Plan and Publish.
The Plan tool will help you organize and script session content ahead of time, allowing you to devote more session time to interaction with your students. Publish allows you to create standalone recordings or video files from session recordings to allow for asynchronous review.
Features of the Wimba system that are not available in Collaborate include:
- persistent settings and content
- content organized by presentation
- tracking information available to moderator
- open ended polling
The Pilot program began in the summer 2012 term and will continue through spring 2013. Both systems will be deployed for use in Blackboard for the summer 2013 term, and the full switchover will be made at the beginning of the fall 2013 term. Wimba will be disabled at the end of the summer 2013 term.
Click for the Collaborate implementation timeline
Turnitin provides originality checking services, class management tools, and paperless digital grading products. This most recent version of the product includes Peermark, a student-to-student review and feedback tool; and Grademark, a new grading interface.
Students submit assignments, papers, and other written through the Turnitin tool. Once submitted, these papers are compared against various repositories which are used by Turnitin. Papers are examined for matches and/or similar content to articles, websites, and even other student paper submissions. The results of these comparisons are collated and delivered to the instructor through a tool called an Originality Report.
Create An Assignment
The turnitin Assignment Inbox
Creating a Turnitin Assignment
Peermark assignments are based on existing assignments. i.e. assignments that you have already created in the system. With the advanced options in PeerMark instructors can choose whether the reviews are anonymous or attributed, decide if students should be excluded from reviews, or pair students to assign students specific papers to review.
Peermark assignments are created using the following three distinct steps:
|Step 1: Create a Peermark Assignment →|
|Step 2.a: Distribute a PeerMark Assignment →|
|Step 2.b: Pair Students for Review →|
|Step 3: Add Questions to the Review →|
|Accessing the assignment inbox →
|Assignment inbox columns →|
|Opening the originality report and downloading papers →|
GradeMark allows you to edit and grade student papers online. You can develop a database of comments, create rubrics, and check spelling and grammar using the functions within grademark.
|GradeMark Basics →
|cAdd or delete a grademark comment →||c|
Edit Question Settings
You can control the options available when creating Test questions through the Question Settings link located to the right side of the test canvas.
Test Question Settings
Provide feedback for individual answers
Allows you to include the option to enter feedback for individual answers rather than just one set of feedback for correct or incorrect answers. Individual feedback can't be provided for answers to True/False questions, Multiple Answer questions, Ordering and Matching questions.
Add images, files, and external links to questions
Select this check box to include the option to attach images, files, and URLs to questions.
Add images, files, and external links to answers
Select this check box to include the option to attach images and files to answers.
Add categories, topics, levels of difficulty, keywords and instructor notes to questions
This option allows you to create categories for questions and add keywords to questions. When searching for questions from a Question Pool or other Tests, you may search for questions by category and keyword. This option is not available for surveys.
Specify default points when creating questions
Select this option and all questions will automatically have the same point value. Type the point value in the Default point value field. This only sets a default. This is not available for surveys or pools.
Specify partial credit options for answers
Select this option to make partial credit available for questions included in this assessment. If selected, an option to give partial credit appears when questions are created.
Provide option to assign questions as extra credit
This option allows you to make extra credit available for questions included in the assessment. If selected, an extra credit option appears when each question is created. If this option is selected points are added to the score if the question is answered correctly; no points are taken away if the questions are answered incorrectly.
Specify random ordering of answers
Will allow the test to display answers in random order.
Specify the horizontal or vertical display of answers
Select this option to include the option to display answers horizontally or vertically.
Specify numbering options for answers
Select this option to include the option for numbering the answers.