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Create a Question List

Question lists are created using the Question List Editor in the i>clicker software. Only question lists created with the Question List Editor are recognized by i>clicker. Therefore, modifying the .csv files to create different versions of the same question list is not recommended.

Adding Question Information

The Question List Editor is used to create and edit question lists. During a polling session, the Question Title is displayed in a small window near the toolbar. If a correct answer has been designated in the Question List Editor, the Question List window will display an asterisk (*) in the Answer field.

To create a Question List:

  1. Open i>clicker and click the Question menu at the top of the screen.
  2. Select New Question List from the menu.

    New Question List Menu
    New Question List menu option

  3. On the Question Information tab select a question type from the Question Type drop-down menu. Follow the instructions for each question type.

To create a multiple choice question:

  1. Enter the Question Title.
  2. (Optional) In the Results Chart Labels fields, enter a label for each available answer to the question. Questions can have up to five labeled responses. The labels assigned on this tab will appear on the results chart and in the i>grader session reports.
  3. (Optional) Additional Performance Points can be assigned to each answer choice. Points entered in the fields next to each label are calculated as Performance Points during the polling session. The points assigned in the Question List Editor will supercede the Performance Points assigned in My Settings on the Scoring tab. The points assigned to an answer choice are not calculated in addition to the points assigned in My Settings.
  4. (Optional) A correct answer may be designated by selecting one of the options from the Answer: drop-down menu. If there is no correct answer for the question, leave the menu on the default <None> option.
  5. (Optional) If the question is an Anonymous question, mark the checkbox in front of this option. This will prevent submitted responses from being associated with a particular clicker (see Anonymous Polling).

    Question List Editor
    Question List Editor showing multiple choice question type
Note

NOTE: The number of characters available in the text fields are limited and punctuation or special characters (e.g., @#$%&*) are not allowed in the Question Title or Results Chart Labels fields.

To create a numeric question:

  1. Enter the Question Title.
  2. Enter a correct answer in the New Answer to Add field and add the number of points for the correct answer in the Points field. (Correct answers can contain a maximum of 8 characters. Only characters that can be entered on the student remotes can be used in a correct answer (i.e., 0-9 . - ^ E).
  3. (Optional) If the question is an Anonymous question, mark the checkbox in front of this option. This will prevent submitted responses from being associated with a particular clicker (see Anonymous Polling).
  4. Click Add.
  5. (Optional) Repeat steps 2 - 4 to add additional correct answers.

    question list editor numeric
    Question List Editor showing numeric question type

To create an alphanumeric question:

  1. Enter the Question Title.
  2. Enter a correct answer in the New Answer to Add field and add the number of points for the correct answer in the Points field. (Correct answers can contain a maximum of 16 characters. Only characters that can be entered on the student remotes can be used in a correct answer (i.e., A-Z, 0-9 . - ^ E + = _).
  3. (Optional) If the question is an Anonymous question, mark the checkbox in front of this option. This will prevent submitted responses from being associated with a particular clicker (see Anonymous Polling).
  4. Click Add.
  5. (Optional) Repeat steps 2 - 4 to add additional correct answers.

    Question List Editor Alphanumeric
    Question List Editor showing alphanumeric question type

Changing Question Settings

The Question Settings tab is used to customize the Polling Timer and Display Options for each question in the list. On the Question Settings tab select the type of Polling Timer and Display Options desired. The Polling Timer can be set to Count up from 0 seconds or Count down from a preset amount of time, up to four minutes. The Display Options settings will affect how results are shown in i>grader and after polling has ended. To display the polling results during a polling session, mark the checkbox next to Show correct answer when polling is stopped. A graph will be displayed after polling has stopped. These settings can be customized for each question in a list or left with the default settings. When all options for the question have been set, click on the Save button.

Repeat the process of Adding Question Information and Changing Question Settings for each question added to the question list.

Question List Editor
Question List Editor showing Question Settings tab

Managing Your Question List

Questions can be created in any order. After a question has been saved, the order of questions can be rearranged. Click on a question title from the available list of questions. Reorder the questions in the list by selecting the question title and then clicking the Up and Down arrows shown below the list of question titles. To remove a question from the list, click the Delete button.

Sample Questions in Question List Editor
Sample questions in the Question List Editor

During a polling session, in the Question List window the Select Question: menu and Answer: field are displayed. The Select Question: menu will automatically display the first question in the question list. Any question from the list may be selected at any time. Click the question type button A-E button 123 button abc 123 button that matches the selected question to begin polling. Click the Stop button Stop Button to end polling, or wait for the question timer to count down to zero. The Question List window will advance to the next question in the list automatically after polling has ended.

Question List Window
i>clicker Session Toolbar and Question List window

Saving a Question List

When finished creating a question in the Question List Editor, click the Save button. The question title will appear in the display window in the Question List Editor. To create the next question in a list, click the New button. When the question list is complete, click the Close button. This will prompt a Save As window. The default-named file QuestionList.csv should be renamed and saved in a class folder, so the list is easily accessible during a polling session.

Copying a Question List to a Different Class

You may create a copy of each question list that you create and move it to a new class folder rather than creating a new question list for each course.

To copy a Question List to a different class:

  1. Open the main i>clicker folder and then open the Classes folder. Open the class folder where the question list file is stored and select the appropriate .csv file.
  2. Move a copy of the file from the original class folder to the new class folder.
  3. Open i>clicker and after selecting the appropriate class click on the Start Session button.
  4. A pop-up window will appear indicating that a question list file is available. Click on the Yes button. If the Don't ask me again button is clicked, the window will not reappear for the duration of the course.

    Question List Available Window
    Question List Available information window
  5. In the Open Question List File: window select the appropriate question list (.csv file). The i>clicker main screen will close and the i>clicker Toolbar and Question List window will appear in the upper left corner.

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