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iClicker Classic: Instructor Overview

iClicker Cloud is replacing iClicker Classic as the single supported iClicker instructor software for classes starting in January 2024. Visit iClicker's announcement page for more information.

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iClicker is FSU's preferred polling software. iClicker allows you, the instructor, to administer in-class tests and polls to boost attendance and class participation. iClicker scores are recorded onto your USB drive and then are able to be synchronized with the Canvas Grade Center afterwards.

Disclaimer:  Only download the iClicker 7 program from the want to use your own USB drive? section below.  FSU uses a customized version of the iClicker Classic software, so if you download it anywhere else it may not be the same version.

Step 1: Acquire iClicker hardware

In order to use iClicker you will need the following:

  1. an iClicker receiver,
  2. an instructor iClicker, and
  3. a USB ("flash") drive.

You are welcome to use your own hardware (iClicker is backwards compatible, meaning it works on old versions). If you are missing any hardware, feel free to request whatever items you need.

Already have an instructor clicker?

You may not need anything else! You can use your own USB drive (see section below), and FSU's Technology Enhanced Classrooms (TEC) group already has its own set of iClicker receivers that may be used depending on which classroom you are using. To determine whether or not you need an iClicker receiver, please contact TEC.

Want to use your own USB drive?

No problem! All you need is to have the iClicker program downloaded (links below) and placed anywhere inside the USB drive:

Please note: You must first unzip the package before you can move the iClicker folder onto your USB drive. If you need any help, call us at (850) 644-8004.

Do you use a Mac with either the Sierra or High Sierra OS?

You may have to download the iClicker Classic software directly from their own website and replace the Resources folder with the one provided in the Mac download link above. Please see the article below for a detailed outline of the process.

How to request iClicker hardware (free!)

Faculty and staff may request specific hardware (including a sample student clicker) by emailing Glen Garrett, our iClicker support representative, and CCing the ODL Technical Support Help Desk:

Glen Garrett - [email protected]

ODL Technical Support Help Desk - [email protected]

A complete iClicker instructor kit can be loaned to faculty and staff free of charge. This kit includes:

  • a receiver
  • a blue instructor clicker
  • a sample white student clicker
  • a USB cord to connect your receiver to the computer

Step 2: Access the iClicker interface

Once your hardware is ready to go, you can access iClicker through your USB drive. Here's how:


  1. Go to File Explorer on your computer.
  2. Open the USB drive with iClicker installed.
  3. Open the FSU_iclicker_win7_canvas folder.
  4. Double-click iclicker to run iClicker:


  1. Go to Finder.
  2. Under Devices, open the USB drive with iClicker installed.
  3. Open the FSU_iclicker_mac7_canvas folder and double-click

Step 3: Create your course in iClicker

  1. Press the Create button to set up a new course in iClicker:

  2. Provide a course name that you will see only in iClicker and press the Create button. It does not have to match the official course name in Canvas/Registrar:

  3. Highlight your course and select Settings:

  4. Under the General tab, enter your Instructor Remote ID which is found on the back of your blue instructor clicker.
  5. Under the Scoring tab, select how you would like iClicker points to be scored.

    1. Participation  points: These points are earned for simply participating in a class session. Individual answers are not calculated.
    2. Performance  points: These are points earned per each question asked in class:

      Points for responding: Reward points simply for clicking any answer

      Points for correct response: Reward points only when the answer is correct

  6. If you plan to synchronize iClicker enrollments or grades with Canvas, please keep the iClicker settings window open and complete the remaining steps. If you do NOT wish to leverage the Canvas integration, you can skip to the last step!

  7. In the iClicker program, you will need to search for your corresponding Canvas course site. You can find the site by going to the iClicker course's Gradebook and press the Select Course button.

  8. After pressing the Select Course button, a log in window will appear. Log in using your Canvas credentials.

  9. After logging in a prompt to authorize your account will appear. Press Authorize to continue.
  10. Select which Canvas course site to sync with the corresponding iClicker course and press Select to finalize the choice.

  11. Click Save. You can ignore any errors about roster csv files.

How to Sync Rosters/Scores in Canvas

Using the Canvas Integration

If you have completed Step 3 above, then you may use the Canvas integration to update your student rosters and scores.

  1. From the iClicker interface, select your course and press the Open **Gradebook **button:

  2. Press the Sync Roster or Sync Scores button.

Manually from iClicker to Canvas

  1. From the iClicker interface, select your course and press the Open **Gradebook **button:

  2. Press the Export button:

  3. Contact FSU ODL Technical Support for more assistance (it gets a little complicated!).

Manually from Canvas to iClicker

  1. Go into your Canvas course site's Grade Center
  2. Click on the Export button located in the upper, right corner. A drop down menu will appear.
  3. Select CSV from the drop down menu
  4. Save it as gb_export.csv inside the Classes section of your USB drive

How to turn on the receiver

  1. Plug the receiver into your computer via a USB cord
  2. Plug the USB drive into your computer or into the receiver. If you plug it into the receiver and get a warning that it is using too much power, you will have to plug the black AC adapter into the receiver.

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