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Is there forums or support pages for specific Presenter issues?

Yes, you can view the resource pages from adobe here:


You can also participate and view the forums at


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How do I add a zipped presentation from my computer to a Connect Pro meeting?


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How do I publish my Presenter file to the Connect Pro Server?


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Publishing a Presenter file to PDF


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How do I get my iclicker marks into our Learning Management System(Blackboard CE)?

iClicker has provided instructions via the linked pdf below.

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How do I grade my students using iClicker?

In order to grade your students using iClickers you will need to associate the iClicker ID and the student’s ID. To accomplish this you will need to have your students register via the iclicker registration web site:

Once your students have completed the registration form and you have held at least one iClicker session, you may update your course registration information using the Synchronize Web Registrations feature.

Launch iGrader.

Click Synchronize Web Registrations from the main iGrader window.

A Synchronize Web Registrations window will appear with a description of the synchronization function. Click Continue to proceed.

iGrader synchronizes your roster information with your students’ online registrations. After synchronization is complete, click Done to return to the main iGrader window.

If an inconsistency between your roster and the web registrations exist, you will be prompted to resolve it before synchronization is completed. The software will alert you to any discrepancies between your roster and the web registrations.

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How do I set up a poll using

Upon logging in you will be presented with all the polls associated with the account.

In the polls section choose Create New Poll from the left of the screen.

Choose what type of poll you would like to create. Goal polls are not available in Canada, so your choices would be Multiple Choice or Free Text.

Free text polls allow users to submit words, comments or phrases and multiple choice allows you to specify a number of choices

Insert the data for the required fields to build your question.

On the right side of the screen you will notice some poll options such as the user reply message and various ways that people can respond to your poll.

It is important to check all the ways you will be asking your users to respond. For example, if you do not choose web widget, you will not be able to poll your students via a web address. Once you have filled in all the appropriate information, choose save poll.

To have your students respond, follow the instructions for each method below.

Web: Provide students with a web address which they can navigate to and click on the choice they wish to select. To obtain the correct web address, choose the Web Voting link from the right side of the screen in the area labeled Ways to Vote. Notice that when you click on this link the screen changes. This is how the screen will look to your students if they answer using the web method. Copy the URL in the address bar and send to your students.

NOTE: The URL provided by is a little long. If you wish to send a shorter url, try a service such as or Also you can use the smartphone method from a laptop to achieve the same result. See the smartphone method below.

Text Message: If your students have simple cell phones they can text their choice. To send a text, they will have to send a message to the following number 32075.

In text message must be the following content and only the following content
– CAST #the number for the choice – Ex; CAST 565443.

When they hit send it should only take a few moments for the poll to update.

Smartphone: Smartphone users can go to to submit their response. Upon navigating to your students will be presented with a text field.

In the field they will need to type in the number corresponding to the response they wish to select.

NOTE: The word CAST does not need to be typed in with the number. Type in the number only when using this method.

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Creating an Assessment

To create an assessment make sure you have a builders role by selecting the Build tab located near the top left of the screen.

Once you have selected the build tab notice within the Course Tools menu the Assessment item. Select this item to continue.

Once you are located on the assessment screen notice that you are given a number of choices. Create Assessment, or Go to Question Database.

To create an assessment choose the create assessment button and fill in the appropriate details. You do not have to set the release date properties etc on this screen. Once you title your assessment and choose what type of assessment you wish to use choose Save located at the bottom of the screen.

NOTE: It is good practices to hide the assessment item while you are working on it.

Once you hit Save, your assessment is created and you are ready to edit the assessment by adding questions. There are a couple of ways you can add questions to your assessment. You can add questions to the question database first and then add them to your assessment after, or you can immediately add questions to the assessment. However you should note that questions created directly in assessments are also created in the question database as well.

To add questions to directly to your assessment choose your assessment from the list in via the Assessments module that can be accessed from the Course Tools menu on the left of the screen. Once you choose the assessment you will see two buttons to allow you to add content to your assessment: Add to Assessment and Create Questions.

Add to Assessment has three choices related to it as well:

  1. Adding Existing Questions: This adds question to the assessment that have been built using the question database
  2. Part: This allows you to visually split your assessment into parts and label them accordingly with descriptive instructions.
  3. Question Set: This allows you to insert a block of selected questions from the question database. This option also gives you the functionality to randomly select a designated number of questions from the total number of questions in the question set to display to your students. For example you may if you create a question set of 5 questions, you can choose to have Blackboard randomly select only 2 of the questions in that question set for students to answer.
  4. Create Questions has 10 choices for you to choose from. These choices are calculate, combination , fill in the blank, jumbled sentence, matching, multiple choice, paragraph, short answer and true and false.

Once you have created your assessment, it is a good idea to test it by previewing it. To do this access the list of assessments by once again clicking Assessments in the Course Tools menu.

Locate your assessment in the list and click on the arrow like drop down menu to the right of the assessment title. Upon clicking you will notice a list of options appear. Choose Preview from these options. The assessment preview will appear in a pop up window. You are able to click and interact with the preview to test its functionality etc.

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Understanding the Types of Assessments available in Blackboard

The current blackboard system offers you a variety of assessment types.

Quiz: Quizzes are online assessments for which grades are assigned.
Self Assessment: Self tests are assessments for which Students receive grades and feedback, though the grades are not recorded in the Grade Book tool.
Survey: Surveys are anonymous online evaluations for which no grades are assigned.

All assessment types access all question types. Question types include: calculate, combination , fill in the blank, jumbled sentence, matching, multiple choice, paragraph, short answer and true and false.

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How to setup an assignment within Blackboard

To create an assignment, first make sure that you have given yourself a building role by selecting the build tab located near the top of the page.

Notice the course menu on the left hand side of the page. You should see the menu itemAssignment in this menu. If you do not see this item in the menu please refer to the tutorial on how to add and remove tools for your course.

Once you have the assignment module activated, click on the Assignments button in the course menu.

Near the top of the screen you will now notice a button that says Create Assignment”. Click this to continue.

You will notice a variety of categories and fields you will have to specify to set your assignment up. We will walk through each of these sections individually.

  • Title and Description: Insert your title description and instructions. Also attach any files you wish to use as part of the assignment using the Add Attachments button.
  • Student Submission format: Text allows student to copy and paste their assignment or to attach a file for upload. Website asks the students to upload website content in a ZIP file.
  • Assignment recipients: This allows you to specifically assign an assignment to a small group of students if needed.
  • Dates: Allows you to enter the due date for the assignment as well as a cut off date if you so choose to allow late assignements. If you do not want to accept late assignments, make the cut off date the same as the due date.
  • Goals: If you are using the Goals module, you can associate a goal built in that module with the assignment.
  • More Option: This area allows you to specify if you want your students to be able to submit and resubmit before the due date and allows for some publishing options as well. Making submissions publishable by the Students means they can share their assignment with the class if they choose to. This feature is often set to instructor publishing only. Finally there is an option for you to be notified by email each time an assignment is submitted.

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