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.
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 email@example.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/
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)
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.
If you wish to send student responses to Blackboard, you can do so as follows.
- Go to Manage> Course > New
- Select Download from LMS, and click to Create Course
- Select Blackboard, and enter the server address of https://nuigalway.blackboard.com/ along with your Staff ID and Blackboard password. Click to Connect.
- 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.
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/ .
See our complete checklist for what you need to do to run a clicker session in class.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
- In-class and out-of-class support to ensure your success using clickers.
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.