For this course you will be required to purchase and use an I-Clicker from the bookstore. They are sold new for about $35 at the downstairs counter in the UMC bookstore. You will be able to sell your clicker back to the bookstore at the end of the semester for about half price, but since this model is the campus standard clicker and the number of classes using I-Clickers at CU is increasing at a geometric rate, you will probably need one for another class.
Unlike the older style infrared clickers, the I-Clickers operate by radio waves and hundreds of answers can be received and recorded each second. Batteries should last all semester but the clicker has a warning light when the batteries are running low. You should write your name and phone number on a small piece of paper and attach it to the clicker with Scotch tape. (You would be amazed at the number of clickers left in classrooms each day and it is not to easy to trace the owner from the clicker number.) You may also use the same clicker for multiple courses if you are taking more than one clicker course this semester; however, you need to be sure to register your clicker EACH SEMESTER (not for each course).
Throughout the semester, you will answer multiple-choice questions in class by pressing the button on your clicker corresponding to their answers.
Typically, 4 pts are given for a correct answer; 3 pt for an incorrect one. Occasionally, we will have bonus questions and double points questions. For most lectures, two questions will be asked at the beginning of class, one in the middle and one at the end. You are allowed to discuss possible answers to the last question with your fellow students.
Receivers in the classroom are connected to a laptop and this system records your answer and displays summaries of how the class answered. Questions will cover the readings and the lectures. I will use these responses to guide the lecture and to clarify confusing material Some answers will be recorded anonymously since they are for opinion questions.
Make sure to bring the I-clicker to class each day.
Note that 15% of the overall grade is assigned by clicker responses in class. We will drop the lowest 10 clicker scores (this includes questions for which you forgot your clicker). There will also be bonus points for those who answer more than 90% of all clicker questions (right or wrong).
To use the clickers in class, you must first register your clicker – follow the instructions here :Clicker Instructions
A single student can register more than one clicker for the same class ญญ--- for instance, if a student loses the first clicker and must register a second one later in the semester. The scores registered for the first clicker will be carried over to the second one.
Setting the frequency on your I-clicker remote is important. That way, we will be able to gather your input. To set the frequency on an I-clicker remote:
If your clicker is not sending your answers, it might be due to a dead battery. Please check and replace as necessary (when you see the low battery warning light).
For questions about the clickers, contact the Lead TA Ted Holland for both lecture sections 100 and 200.