Effective Fall 2009, UT Knoxville’s standardized clicker technology
vendor changed from eInstruction to Turning Technologies. During Spring
2009, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) conducted a clicker
technology pilot study with Turning Technologies. Eight of the nine
faculty participants, representing various disciplines, overwhelmingly
recommended the switch to Turning Technologies. Throughout the summer,
Turning Technologies and OIT began training all current and interested
clicker technology faculty users for fall course delivery.
Benefits faculty identified with the Turning Technologies’ TurningPoint system included:
Clicker technology at UTK is monitored and supported with input from student and faculty users, the Clicker Technology Advisory Committee, and OIT Support personnel who
provide on-campus training, support and maintenance of the clicker technology
use and integration with UTK’s Blackboard Course Management System (CMS).
Clickers are remote-controlled devices that
allow students to send their responses to multiple choice and
true-false questions, via radio frequency (rf) technology, to a
receiver connected to the instructor's laptop computer. Software
installed on the computer analyzes the data and displays the results
graphically (bar graphs, pie charts, etc.), giving both students and
faculty a quick idea of what concepts might need further review or
NOTE: There are three Turning Technologies ResponseCard devices in use at UTK: ResponseCardXR-Gen1, ResponseCardXR-Gen2, and ResponseCardNXT. For instructions on their registration and use, select the Using Bb 9.1 with TurningPoint 5 link from the "What steps do students take to use clickers" section below.
This trend in teaching and learning has been quite successful in engaging students and enhancing their learning experience.
What steps do faculty take to use clickers?
Any UT Knoxville faculty interested in using clicker
technology can contact OIT at help.utk.edu or 974-9900. Faculty must
also contact the UT Bookstore to order clickers for their class(es).
OIT staff will provide your instructor’s kit and assist with on-campus
training, question structuring, and developing interactive strategies
with clicker technology via our Clicker Technology
workshops and consultations. Turning Technologies also provides phone consultations, online tutorials, and WebEx online troubleshooting. Click below to review instructions on Downloading a Participants List and Exporting
Using Blackboard 9.1 with TurningPoint 5.pdf
PowerPoint Polling for Mac.pdf
PowerPoint Polling for PC.pdf
What steps do students take to use clickers?
Students can purchase a ResponseCard XR from the UT Bookstore for $50. There are no additional fees. However,
students choosing to use their Smartphones, PDAs, or laptop computers
with Turning Technologies’ ResponseWare system, must obtain instructor's
permission to use a mobile device rather than the clicker. They may then purchase an access license from the Turning Technologies online store. The UTK school code is 1kQB.
The cost is $15/year or $32/4 years. Students must register ALL devices
within their Online@UT (Blackboard Learn) course site. Click below for registration
Using Blackboard 9.1 with TurningPoint 5 (Student Guide)
Student ResponseWare User Guide
Turning Technologies online store
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