ChimeIn as a Clicker Replacement
The most obvious use case for ChimeIn is as a direct replacement for traditional clickers (iClickers, TurningPoint, etc). This document will outline the basic steps an instructor should follow to use ChimeIn in this situation. As you become more familiar with ChimeIn, you'll see the ways these steps can be modified to better fit the flow of your course.
- Begin by creating your course in ChimeIn. This can happen at any time. Make sure the designator you enter matches the actual designator used by the enrollment system - if your course is cross-listed, be sure to include those designators as well. For in-class use, we recommend not making the course public.
- Create some questions. This can happen at any time (even in class) but most instructors prefer to create questions in advance. You can then opt to present them to students whenever you choose.
- Let your students know you'll be using ChimeIn. Unless you're sure that none of your students will be using cell phones to answer questions, we recommend asking students to pre-register their cellphones. Some basic verbiage is below.
- During an upcoming class, we'll be using a tool called ChimeIn to solicit your thoughts. ChimeIn lets you answer questions with a laptop, a smartphone (iPhone, Android, etc) or via text messaging. If you think you'll be answering via text message, you need to register your cellphone number with ChimeIn. To do so, go to http://chimein.cla.umn.edu, click "log in," and then click the "edit" link under your name in the upper right. You'll be asked to enter your cellphone number, and then you'll receive a text message from ChimeIn with a four digit code. Enter that code into ChimeIn, and you'll be all set. You only need to do this once, unless you change cellphone numbers.
- When you're ready to use ChimeIn in class, direct students using laptops or smartphones to chimein.cla.umn.edu. Once they log in and select your course, they'll automatically be shown questions when you click "open" in the ChimeIn interface. Generally, when you're ready to ask a question, we recommend clicking "open," and then clicking "expand" - that will display the question in a large format, and includes the information your students will need to submit text messages.
- To view the results of your question at any time, just click on the question text. If the question is open, the results will update in realtime, as the responses arrive.