Classroom Response Systems
Starting Fall semester 2017, two new Classroom Response System (CRS) tools will be available to BYU-Idaho faculty and students, free of charge. Top Hat and iClicker Reef are web and app-based tools that will allow faculty to do in-class group polling. These programs can be used with a desktop computer, or with a mobile device, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. These tools will replace the traditional iClicker remote devices that students have used at BYU-Idaho. The older iClicker remote devices will no longer be sold in the University Store from Fall 2017 onwards.
Training sessions will be held prior to the start of Fall semester to help prepare instructors in the use of these tools. All training sessions will be held in the Little Theater - MC 372.
Top Hat - Wednesday, September 6, 2017
2-2:50pm - Introductory Session. This session is for instructors who have never used a Classroom Response System before.
3-3:50pm - Intermediate Session. This session is for instructors who have previously used a Classroom Response System, and will cover additional topics.
iClicker Reef/Cloud - Friday, September 8, 2017
10-10:50am - Introductory Session. This session is for instructors who have never used a Classroom Response System before.
11-11:50am - Intermediate Session. This session is for instructors who have previously used a Classroom Response System, and will cover additional topics.
1-1:50pm - Advanced Session. This session is for instructors who have previously used a web and app-based Classroom Response System, and will cover more advanced topics.
Here you will find helpful online resources for both Top Hat and iClicker Reef. As the Fall semester approaches, we will continue to add and update links to online tutorials for both systems here.
Top Hat Tutorials
If I've never used a Classroom Response System, how do I choose between the two options?
If you previously used the iClicker remote devices, you may want to start with Reef/Cloud, since the interface is similar.
You can check with a few of your colleagues, and see which they prefer, and why.
Will my students need to pay these tools?
No. Both tools have been licensed institutionally, and can be used free of charge by faculty and students.
If a student has already purchased a clicker remote, will they be able to use it during the Fall semseter?
iClicker remove devices are not supported by either of these two tools. The University Bookstore will buy back iClicker remote devices for a $10 gift card to the University Store.
I have an old reciever unit from when I used iClicker. What should I do with it?
You may bring it to the FTC in MCK355. If you have multiple receiver units in your department, give them to your department Office Assistant, and we will come and pick them up.
I have content in another Classroom Response System. How can I transfer that content into TopHat?
TopHat offers a complementary content transfer service. Check out this document for more details.