iResponse Tutorial

iResponse Utility

The iResponse Utility component allows an instructor to test student comprehension at any point during the teaching session. With the iResponse Utility the instructor may…

  • Develop questions on their desktop computer.
  • Transmit the questions directly to the students’ device.
  • View who is connected to the system.
  • View who has responded to the question.
  • View the response given.
  • Automatically graph the results.

In addition, the instructor may also view and save the results of the questions and answers by teaching session, individual student, or specific question.

The iResponse Utility is comprised of 4 screens:

  • iResponse Connect Screen
  • iResponse Questions Screen
  • iResponse Answers Screen
  • iResponse Statistics


Instructions for Starting a Session


First ensure the host computer containing the iResponse Utility and the iPhone/iPod touch devices are on the same network.

Note:  If your network settings do not allow ‘two-way communication’ between devices (possible in certain situations) it may be necessary to modify the network security settings to allow communication between the host computer and connected devices or set-up a another network using any commercial WiFi router.

Note:  The iResponse-Classroom Responder System is enabled to use the inherent AirPort (found on most Mac computers) to communicate with the devices using a computer-to-computer connection (ad-hoc network).  To enable this feature, follow the steps.

On the Mac…

- select the AirPort icon in the top right of the screen
- select create network
(creates a computer to computer [ad-hoc network])
- name the connection
- set password if required
- ensure the created network is the active network connection

On the iPhone or iPod touch…

- select settings
- select WiFi
- select the new connection
- enter password if required

In the iResponse Connect Screen provide a Class ID and Session Name.

Note:  The Class ID must match between the host computer and connected devices.

Select the Start Session button to start a session.

Any device in range of the ’session’, can now join the session.

Note:  Any device joining a ’session’ must be on the same network, have the correct classroom ID entered and the connect button must be pressed in the iResponse App log-in screen.  Additionally the first and last name field must be filled in.  The Alias field will automatically use the devices name or the devices unique ID, however it is possible to manually enter in a new alias.  Once a successful connection is established, the log-in information will be stored in the app.  To clear this information, select the Clear Fields button.

The iResponse Connect screen will display the total number of devices connected and the connection status for each connected device.


Creating Questions


In the iResponse Question Screen select the question type using the drop-down menu.  4 options currently exist;

  • Multiple choice (4 options – A, B, C, or D)
  • True or False
  • Yes or No
  • Survey (4 options – Agree, Somewhat, Disagree, or Not applicable)

In the question field (Q:),  type the question or copy and paste the question from a source document.

If the question is multiple choice, type the answers or copy and paste the answers from a source document.

Note:  The answer fields are automatically populated for all other answer types.

After adding the question and appropriate answers, ENSURE the correct response is indicated.

To add a new question, select the (+) button and repeat the above steps.

To delete a question, select the (-) button.

With the iResponse Utility it is possible to save questions for use at a later date and time.  To save a series of questions, select File < Save Questions or Save Questions As…

Hint:  It is possible to append new questions with existing questions, by first creating the new questions and then opening a previously saved list of questions.

To open a previously saved series of questions, select File < Open Questions…


Transmitting  a Question


To transmit a question to devices connected to the ’session’, ensure the correct question is selected, then select the Publish to Students button.

Note:  The iResponse Questions screen has an option for Instant Feedback.  When enabled, the student will receive immediate feedback if their answer was correct or incorrect.  If the answer was incorrect, the correct answer is provided.  If disabled, the student receives no indication or feedback on their answer.  It is possible to toggle this option On and Off during the session.

Hint:  When asking a ‘Survey” question, the Instant Feedback should be disabled.  A survey question, technically has no correct or incorrect answer, however a ‘correct’ answer is enabled by default in the utility to aide the survey creator in correlating responses.

To end a question, select the Finish Question button.

If a student did not answer the question in the time allotted, their response is indicated with as  no response (none) and it treated as an incorrect response.

Note:  If a student did not answer the question in the allotted time, that student will receive feedback on their device indicating the question has ended, even if Instant Feedback is not enabled.

To transmit the next question, reselect the Transmit Question button.

Note:  The iResponse Utility will automatically select the next question in the series after selecting the Finish Question button, however it is possible to manually select a different question.


iResponse Answer Screen


The iResponse Answer Screen is used to view the respondents answers in a bar graph format, with various option.

It is possible to highlight the correct answer by enabling or disabling the Highlight answer option.  This allows the instructor/moderator to employ the system as interactive game to facilitate classroom learning, by allowing the student’s the ability to view this screen on an overhead projection system.  As student’s respond, the order of who responded  is visible on the left and the graph displays the response by answer type on the right.

Hint:  Even though the Alias is used to identify respondents in the answer screen (preventing undue embarrassment to a respondent), it is possible to ’collapse’ the left panel, by left clicking and dragging the panel to the left, obscuring, either the response or the response and alias.

The graph feature also allows the instructor to view the total number of respondents and how well they are answering the questions with a quick glance.  This feature provides instant feedback to the instructor on knowledge retention.  Using the arrow buttons provides the ability to toggle through all the transmitted questions.

If a question is not answered in the time allotted by the instructor, then  a  no response will be indicated on the graph in the ‘none’ column.

Note:  An abundance of incorrect responses to a single question does not always mean the students failed to grasp the presented material.  It could be the result of a poorly worded question or answers.  Anytime an abundance of incorrect answers are noted, it is recommended the instructor should review the material presented, how the material was presented and the relevance of the question and answers in relation to the learning objectives.


iResponse Statistics


The iResponse Statistics screen enables the instructor to view analytical data of the session.

Class Performance Tab

Displays a list of all the questions transmitted with the number right, wrong, blank, and overall percentage for each question.

Student Performance Tab

Displays a list of all the students connected to the session with their overall statistics: number right, wrong, blank, and overall percentage for the session.

Questions Tab

Provides a drop down menu to select a transmitted question and view the each student’s individual result to that question.

Individuals Tab

Provides a drop down menu to select a student connected to the session and view their individual results to each question.

It is possible to save the statistics for each tab, by selecting File < Export Statistics and select the appropiate statistics to save.

Note:  All statistics are currently saved in an XML format.