Student Response System Transmitters or Clickers
Registering Your iclicker. You should register your iclicker by using the following method:
1) Go to http://www.iclicker.com/registration/
2) Enter your first name, last name, Student ID (your UVa username as
in NetBadge, WebAssign, email), and your Remote ID (found on the back of
3) Type in the verification word and click on ENTER. Check that everything is okay and click on SUBMIT.
It is that simple. Some professors, for some inexplicable reason, do not use your username as the Student ID. If that is your case, you must
register your iclicker multiple times; that is allowed. You may have multiple iclickers registered by using different usernames. No other student taking PHYS 1425 can be using your iclicker. You may share an iclicker with another student not taking PHYS 1425.
Unfortunately the remote IDs on the back of the iclickers rubs off easily. If you are unable to read your iclicker remoteID, please see your professor who has a method of determing the ID. You must bring your iclicker with you.
Apparently the iclicker folks periodically delete their database, because so many students see their iclicker. That just means that you should register your iclicker every semester.
Reading Quiz. The reading quiz will be graded and you will receive 100% credit if you submit the correct answer, 67% credit if you submit the wrong answer, and no credit if you don't submit an answer.. It will be available to be answered during the first three minutes of class and then will be turned off. If you are late to class and are not able to answer the question, you will receive no credit.
Conceptual Quizzes. The conceptual quizzes will be given throughout the lecture. The format is that the question will be posed, the student will be given a minute or so to answer the multiple choice question with no help. If more than 65% of the students submit the correct answer, we move on after a brief explanation by the professor.. If less than 65% of the class submit the correct answer, then students talk about the question with their nearest neighbors and try to come to a consensus. Then the students have another chance to choose the correct answer. Some percentage (probably 10%) of your final grade will depend on the number of number and quality of responses given during the semester. We will give zero points for no response (which usually means you are either absent, asleep, or surfing on your laptop), 2 points for an incorrect answer and 3 points for a correct answer. We will discuss this point distribution with the Student Advisory Committee near the beginning of the semester.
Grade Determination. Let's assume that the total number of possible points for the entire semester is 600. We will give you a certain number of free misses (probably 20%). For example, we could make 80% of the maximum 600 points or 480 points to be perfect or a 100% grade. That is, your grade for using the clickers, might be the percentage grade of dividing your total points by 480. For those earning more than 480 points, we cap your grade at 100%. This technique allows you a few class absences and misses. If you are ill for several classes (for example, more than three in a row) or on a sports team and miss many lectures, please see your professor for some special consideration.
Problems with Clickers. We will not consider somehow giving you credit or changing your clicker grade when any of the following happens: forgotten or stolen clicker, ineffective or somehow not working clicker, weak batteries, or anything else you can think of that results in your response not being recorded electonically. We account for these missed opportunities by giving you free misses as discussed in the previous paragraph. This is important. No allowances will be given to students who, for whatever reason, do not use their clicker in class. It is your responsibility to bring the clicker to every class and maybe even to have extra batteries. If you loose your clicker, you should obtain a new one ASAP, register it, and give your new transmitter number to your professor. You will loose all credit in the meantime.
Policy on coming to class late and missing the reading quiz! For whatever reason, you will receive a grade of zero if you do not respond to the reading quiz during the opening few minutes (usually 3) of the quiz. As soon as the time expires, you may not respond. It is the student's responsibility to be in class on time.
Policy on using someone else's transmitter. It will be considered an honor offense to use another student's transmitter in class. Any student who sees another student use two transmitters, for example, should challenge the student and report it as an honor offense.