iClickers for Students

iClickers (classroom response system)

iClickers are a type of classroom response system used by instructors to gather and share immediate feedback with students in the classroom.  The handheld device that students use is purchased from the UTM Bookstore. It looks a bit like a remote control, and it allows students to respond instantly to polls or various questions in a class.

How do instructors use them in the classroom?

Typically, with the use of using an iClicker base unit, an instructor asks students a question (usually displayed on screen) and students will respond using a handheld device. Anonymous student responses are then displayed in a graph or a table on screen. Based on the responses, the instructor may choose to follow-up with an activity to help students better understand an issue, or provide additional resources. If your instructor has decided to use iClickers in the class, they will usually note this in the course syllabus.

Your instructor may ask you to register your iClicker using the iClicker Student Registration in Quercus (Canvas)

Please note: You do not need to update your iClicker registration if the iClicker remote number that is showing in the course is correct.

Please watch the video below and read the instructions that your instructor provides.


Instructions for students to change the frequency of handheld iClicker remotes to match the instructor base station frequency (only change if notified by instructor)

NOTE: The frequency on iClicker remotes cannot be changed unless there is an active polling session. Therefore, instructors must start a session before the frequency on a student handheld remote can be updated.

The default frequency code for all instructor base units is 'AA'.  If the instructor changes the frequency of the base unit (students will need to be notified of the new frequency at the beginning of class), students can follow these instructions to update their iClicker frequency so that it will match that of the base unit.

  • Press and hold the ON/OFF button until the powerlight flashes.
  • Enter the 2-key frequency code provided by the instructor (e.g., if the instructor changes the base unit frequency to ‘BB’ on the base unit, then students will need to change their handheld remote frequency to 'BB").

More information is provided on the iClicker Support webpage.