Student Response Systems

Student Response Systems help promote student learning by transforming any classroom into an active learning environment.

Students use registered clickers, software, or mobile apps to transmit answers to questions posted by instructors, which increases participation and engagement. Instructors who have adopted student response systems find them an integral part of their teaching portfolio.

MSU partners with Top Hat software and supports the i>clicker2 system within select university classrooms to offer instructors tools to help with student engagement.

Top Hat Software

Top Hat software can be used to increase student engagement in and out of class by enabling students to engage with peers and interact with course materials. The platform is customizable based on class size, course subject, and teaching style.

With Top Hat software, students use their own laptop or mobile device to answer quizzes, reply to polls, and respond to class simulations.

Instructor Registration

Top Hat is available at no cost to instructors, but does require registration and creation of an account at the MSU Top Hat portal.

Read more about inviting students to participate in Top Hat for a course.

Top Hat can also be synchronized with MSU D2L grades and rosters.

Student Registration

Students will need to purchase a Top Hat subscription for use within classes as part of the course materials. They should use their MSU email address and a password different from their NetID password.

First they need to create an account at the Top Hat home page. Then they need to log in and select one of the following subscriptions: semester ($24), year ($36), or five year ($72). Students pay one fee for access to unlimited courses during that time period.

Read more about creating a Top Hat account.

i>clicker Models

If using i<clicker in classes, students will need to buy or rent the clicker device. The i>clicker2 and REEF Polling are the recommended models supported by MSU. (Read more about REEF Polling.)

i>clicker2 has full numeric and alphanumeric capabilities. It also has a one-click multiple choice entry mode.

REEF Polling offers browser-based capabilities from a mobile device using the keyboard interface. REEF Polling can also be used on smartphones (Apple, Android), tablets, or laptops.

i>clicker2 and REEF Polling can be used together in the same classroom. However, it does require an additional *.exe to be used and there are additional steps the instructor needs to do when setting up a polling session.

Once a year, i>clicker purges its national registration database. It is possible to have more than one student registered to the same clicker ID in its database. This isn’t a problem unless two students registered to the same clicker are also in the same class.

Instructor Ordering

The choice to use clickers is like any other textbook and ancillary material choice for a course. Instructors need to communicate the information to the vendor and bookstore. (Read more directions for downloading iclicker software.)

Email contact@iclicker.com or call (877) 414-5922 (option 2) if you are using i>clicker and don’t have an instructor kit.

Notify the bookstore that you will be using clickers so they can prepare the inventory for your course.

The ISBN for i>clicker2 is 1429280476;  i>clicker 2 with free REEF access code: 1498601634.

In the fall, remind your students to register or re-register clickers at the start of each academic year.

Student Ordering

If you are using the i>clicker, you only need to purchase a single clicker for all your courses. The same clicker can be used in different semesters.

Make a copy of the identification number on the back of the clicker and keep it in a safe place for your records. You will need the clicker identification number to register your clicker on D2L for your courses. (Follow the steps for D2L starting on page 13 of this PDF guide.)

If your instructor is not using D2L, you’ll need to register your clicker on the i>clicker site.

When registering your clicker, include only your MSU email address (e.g., sparty@msu.edu) in the box marked “Student ID.” Do NOT enter your PID.