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pointsolutions Student Getting Started
Below is an overview for students using pointsolutions and Blackboard at NDSU.
Students must create a pointsolutions account in Blackboard Learn Original before they are able to use it in the classroom. Visit Creating a pointsolutions Account if you need assistance creating your account.
If your instructor allows, you can download the free pointsolutions Mobile app from your device app store and use your mobile device to respond to "clicker" questions in class. Students can use the same device for multiple classes during the same semester.
If your instructor requires a clicker you can purchase one through the NDSU Bookstore. Students should not purchase used clickers from Amazon/eBay.
Getting started using your clicker device
By default, pointsolutions clicker devices connect to "Channel 41". Each room has a designated clicker channel, the channel number will be visible on the instructor's screen OR the instructor will provide the channel number to you. The channel number is not needed if you are using a mobile device to respond.
Changing the device channel
- Press the CH key on the left side of the clicker device above the keypad
- In the "New Channel?" prompt, enter the correct channel number (1-74)
- Press the up arrow key below OK
- The channel number should be displayed in the top-left corner of the response window
Adding a clicker to an existing pointsolutions account
You MUST register your pointsolutions clicker via Blackboard Learn Original to ensure that points are associated with the gradebook.
- Login to Blackboard Learn Original with NDUS credentials
- Enter any course
- Click Tools > pointsolutions Account Registration - NDSU
- At the InCommon Login Page for pointsolutions Account, you will need to enter your Bison Login (typically your firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Under Response Devices enter your clicker ID number
What to do if you lose your clicker
First, check the classroom(s), local lost and found desks, and check with your instructors in case the clicker was found and turned in. If you still can't find it, contact the IT Help Desk to report it as lost. If the clicker is turned into the IT Help Desk, we will contact you.
If you need to replace your clicker before it is found and turned in, you will have to return to the registration tool in your Blackboard course and register your new Device ID number. Tell your instructor what your new Device ID number is so that he/she can update the roster to reflect that change.
How to buy/sell or lend/borrow clickers
Students can buy/sell clickers from/to other students. The student who is buying the unit will be able to register the unit as his/her own using the registration tool in the Blackboard course. Students cannot share a clicker in the same class.
What to do if your clicker stops working
If your clicker stops working, please contact the IT Help Desk. Staff can assist with troubleshooting the issue.