Information for Students


Frequently Asked Questions

Why are Clickers used?

According to Derek Bruff ( clickers are used to increased student participation, increased student engagement, and to gather frequent feedback on student learning.

What are IC students are saying about Clickers?

"I love using the clickers because they give my professor a way to assess how well the class is understanding the material. When used throughout class, lectures could be specialized towards specific topics, where questions were answered incorrectly by the majority of students rather than elaborating on topics that were well understood."

"In big lectures especially, the clicker system allows room for student participation. The anonymity encourages equal participation, which honestly is the only way to learn."

"I liked using the clicker it made my lecture class interesting and I thought it was a cool way to take attendance. It was a cool experience."

"It was a good way for the professor to keep attendance in large lecture hall." 

How will you know if your class is going to use Clickers?

If your class is going to be using clickers it will be listed as a required course material on the Bookstores web page. 

Can clickers be used for more then one course?

Yes. Your clicker can be used for as many classes as you need it for.

Can students share clickers?

Clickers can be shared between students who are in different classes. Students in the same class at the same time can not share clickers.

What should I use as a user ID in my clicker*?

Your instructor may ask you to register your clicker in Sakai.  Some instructors may ask you to enter your netpass username (lowercase) into the clicker itself.

How do I buy a clicker?

Ithaca College DIIS is supporting the ResponseCard NXT from Turning Technologies any student required to have a clicker will need to purchase this model.  Clickers can be purchased or rented through the Bookstore. The ISBN number for these clickers is 9781934931455.  For the first year, students can get a $15 mail-in rebate. The price of the clicker before the rebate is $50 or less if used. They may be rented. Purchased clickers can be sold back to the Bookstore during book buyback.  (These terms are subject to change).

What do I do if my clicker doesn't work?

First make sure the plastic battery protector tab is removed and press a few buttons. If it still doesn't turn on, try a new set of batteries.  You can email mdispensa@ithaca.ede to arrange for DIIS to test it.  If you bought it at the bookstore, the best thing is to return it to them and ask for a replacement.