What are Clickers?

Educational technologies used to engage students in the classroom are  know as clickers, student response systems, or audience response  systems. Clickers are wireless hand-held devices or mobile phones that  are used to conduct student participation in the classroom (or pose  questions to be answered after a class), often to credit attendance or  measure understanding.

The instructor poses questions via a slide during the lecture and  students respond by entering their answer on their clicker device or  mobile phone. The device transmits the entry to a receiver attached to  the instructor's computer which gathers and compiles the data into a  chart. This chart can be instantly displayed on screen, along with the  correct answer choice. This provides both student and instructor with  valuable real time feedback.

NUI Galway has several systems in use:

Getting started with TurningPoint for staff

Here are some instructions for NUI Galway staff who are using TurningPoint clicker software.

Step 1. Get a TurningPoint Account

A Turning Account Instructor license is required to collect student responses using the TurningPoint App and for these be tracked and imported into Blackboard. You can create an account on https://account.turningtechnologies.eu/account/ and then contact David Pelissier in Turning Technologies by email dpelissier@turningtechnologies.com  to arrange for an instructor license to be applied to your account.  Licences are only available to NUI Galway staff participants in the  pilot (i.e. a staff member of the College of Science or the School of  Geography). Once complete, users must validate their accounts via an  email received and a set password. Important: make sure you select  "instructor" as your role. You can check your account at any time on https://account.turningtechnologies.eu/account/

Step 2: Install the software

The TurningPoint software is accessible through the Turning Technologies website (https://www.turningtechnologies.com/downloads) , and select the relevant download to get the TurningPoint (TP8) software file to install on your computer. Be sure to select the correct region: Europe/Africa/Middle East/Russia, and click Connect.

Once installed you use Turning Point to create one of the following types of clicker questions:

  • PowerPoint Polling - using Clicker questions on your PowerPoint slides
  • Anywhere Polling -Create a poll on the fly in a session
  • Self-Paced Polling - Create Polls or Quizzes that students can take anytime (including outside of class)
Step 3: Create Clicker questions

Once the software is installed, you can begin to author your questions  through the TurningPoint Dashboard (in either Powerpoint, Anywhere  Polling or Self-Paced Polling mode, as you prefer), to have them ready  for use in class.

Step 4: Import your class lists and connect to Blackboard

If you wish to send student responses to Blackboard, you can do so as follows.

  1. Go to Manage> Course > New
  2. Select Download from LMS, and click to Create Course
  3. Select Blackboard, and enter the server address of https://nuigalway.blackboard.com/ along with your Staff ID and Blackboard password. Click to Connect.
  4. Next, select the courses you want to import to your TurningPoint dashboard to collect student responses against, and Import.

You will now be able to send collected student responses back to the  Blackboard Grade Center of the selected courses, as outlined in  subsequent steps.

Step 5: Run Clicker questions in class

To launch your questions in class, you will log into the TurningPoint software and enable Mobile Responses. This will give you a Session ID that your students can connect to, and will collect their responses.

Select the relevant class list, for the students who will participate  in the session, in Powerpoint Polling, or Anywhere Polling.

When done polling, save the session and click End Session in the Mobile Responses mini window.

Note: Students will need a licensed account to participate via the TurningPoint app or a laptop on https://responseware.turningtechnologies.eu/responseware/ .

TurningPoint App:

Download on iTunes

Download on Google Play

See our complete checklist for what you need to do to run a clicker session in class.

Step 6: Export your results

After the class, you can export your results to Blackboard and/or import  a participant list from Blackboard to identify respondents, as per Step  4 above.

What does CELT provide?

  • Group training sessions (please contact us at clickers@nuigalway.ie).
  • In-class and out-of-class support to ensure your success using clickers.

Further Support:

See additional help on the Official TurningPoint support website: https://www.turningtechnologies.com/ and also:

Online Webinars

Regular training webinars (entitled "International: Powerpoint  Polling") are also running. You can sign up for these on https://www.turningtechnologies.com/training-webinars/turningpoint

Whether  you are a first time user, just transitioned to the latest version or you need a refresher, these webinars are for you. Topics covered include  getting started, your ideal hardware set-up, creating questions, polling  basics, running presentations, and managing reports.