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Create a Course Roster

Associating or registering a student with his or her remote ID is required before a student can receive individual credit for voting in class. To register your students, you must first create a file containing student information in your course folder. If you are not planning to integrate voting data with your CMS system, you will create a text file named Roster.txt.


NOTE: Students can still vote with their i>clicker remotes before registering but until they’ve registered their remotes, their votes will be linked within i>grader to only the i>clicker remote ID.

The roster file must have one line for each student in your class, with each line containing the student’s Last Name, First Name, and Student ID, separated by commas. The Student ID may be a college ID number, email alias, or any other easily readable text string—as long as it is guaranteed to be unique for each student. We recommend that you use an ID number or naming convention that you currently use (personally or as required by your institution) for easiest import of i>grader data into your course grade book.

To create/edit a Roster.txt file:

  1. From the i>clicker Home Page select the Course menu option and then Open Roster.

Open Roster Menu Option
Open Roster menu option from i>clicker Home Page

  1. The course roster file (Roster.txt) is opened in a word processor (e.g., Notepad, TextEdit, SimpleText).
  2. Add the student information for each student in your class either by typing or copy and pasting it from an existing roster (in Excel or any other format) into your text editor. (e.g., Song, Patrick, psong).
  3. Save the roster file as Roster.txt. the file must be saved in your course folder (within the Classes folder in your iclicker Win or iclicker Mac folder).

You will need to follow the steps above for each section or course in which you are using i>clicker. An example Roster.txt file (shown below) is provided in your class folder.

Sample Roster File in Notepad
Sample Roster.txt file in Notepad


TIP: If you have your course roster in Excel format, you can avoid re-typing your entire roster. Make sure the columns in your roster follow the format in the example above (last name, first name, student ID) and that there is only one student per row. Then save the document as a .csv file, name it Roster.csv, and save it to your iclicker Win\Classes\[course name] or iclicker Mac:Classes:[course name] folder. Open your iclicker Win\ Classes\[course name] or iclicker Mac:Classes:[course name] folder. Delete or rename the Roster.txt file. Then rename the Roster.csv file to Roster.txt. Open the file and spot-check it to make sure it is formatted correctly.

Importing a course roster from your course management system (CMS)

Refer to the user guide for your specific CMS, which is located in the User Guide section of Following the instructions provided for your specific CMS, save the CMS roster to your iclicker Win\Classes\[course name] or iclicker Mac:Classes:[course name] folder.

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