Instructor Basics

Using ChimeIn in your course is simple and fun. This document covers the basic steps required to use ChimeIn in your course.

Creating A Course

To begin using ChimeIn, you need to create a course. This is how you'll group questions together, and how you'll grant your students access. You can create as many courses as you want, and edit them at any time.

After logging in, click "Add New Course" and fill in the basic form. It is important that the designator information match the official listing for your course. You can leave "section" blank to grant access to students in all sections. If your course is cross listed, click "add additional designator" button and enter that information.

Editing a Course

The "manage course" link allows you to delete a course, and to add additional users to the course. Normally, ChimeIn grants access based on course enrollment. However, if you're using ChimeIn outside of the context of a course, you may wish to manually add users. Simply begin typing their name or X500 in the "User" field and then click the "Add" button. You may also remove users from a course via this interface.

Instant Questions

Two questions are automatically created within every course. These two questions are 'Quick Ask' and 'Quick Response'. These allow you to quickly poll your students, without having to create questions. These questions cannot be deleted from the course, but may be opened, closed, and reset.

'Free Response' is a simple text entry question. This will present students with a text entry field to submit full-text responses. By clicking on the "Free Response" link, you'll be able to view a word cloud and list of responses. Clicking "reset" will clear all of the responses.

'Quick Ask' is a simple Multiple Choice type question. You initialize this question by specifying the number of responses you wish to have and then clicking "Open." Generally, you'd want to present a list of options to your students via some other means - perhaps within a PowerPoint slide, or written on a whiteboard. When the question is closed, you may reset the question, erasing all responses.

Creating a Question

You can create a new custom question at any time from the instructor view of a course. This is done by clicking the "Add New Question" link under the 'Questions' section. This allows you to create questions before coming to class, and then simply open and close them during the class.

When creating a question, you may select from three types of questions, and specify whether or not a question is anonymous. For more information on the "anonymous" option, see Explanation of "Anonymous".

Question Types

Opening/Closing a Question

When created, Questions are "closed." This means that students are not allowed to see them in their course view, and as a result, unable to answer or respond to them. In the instructor view for a course, beside each question is the Open/Close button. Clicking this toggles whether or not the question is visible and answerable by the student. Students don't need to refresh to see the question - their browser will automatically update.

Editing a Question

You may edit a question you've previously created by clicking the "edit" button. This includes allows you to change the text of the question, the anonymity setting (see Explanation of "Anonymous"), as well as the answers.

You may not edit the text of an answer, as this would tamper with the results of the question. Deleting an answer also deletes all results associated with that particular answer.

Expanding a Question

The "Expand" button will expand a question to fill your browser window. This makes the question easier to read on a projector, and is useful when your students are taking advantage of the cell phone submission option. (see Using Cell Phones with Chime In).

Viewing Results

To view results for a particular question, simply click on the text of the question from the instructor's course view page.

In addition to the visualizations described below, results can also be displayed in a table by clicking 'View Results Table' on a results page. This is useful to easily see who has answered a question, for grading purposes, and provides better formatting for printing all the results. You may also download an Excel-compatible CSV file for further analysis.

When a question is open, the results pages update automatically as new responses are submitted. There's no need to refresh your browser.

Text Based Results

Text based results, for Quick Response and Free Response question types, are displayed in both a word cloud and list. The word cloud works by parsing responses and displaying the most common words. The larger the word in the word cloud, the more common that word is. The word cloud limits itself to displaying approximately the 30 most used words across the responses, and excludes words like "and," "is," etc. Clicking on a word in the word cloud will filter the corresponding list of responses to show only those containing that word. This way, you can see the context in which the word was used.

Below the word cloud is the list of responses. This initializes itself to show all results, but as mentioned above, can be filtered to show results containing a specified word. Clicking 'All', above the word cloud, will revert the list to showing all responses in reverse chronological (newest to oldest) order.

Multiple Choice / True False results

Multiple choice, True/False, and the Quick Ask question types will all show results in a similar manner. These results are presented to in bar graph and pie chart forms for simple visualization of the results.