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Clickers Then and Now

Clickers in the classroom what they looked like back then and now

In fall 2018, TurningPoint campus-wide licensing was implemented for all students. This change allows students to use their mobile devices, such as phones, tablets, or computers, to respond to TurningPoint questions without having to purchase a physical device or purchase an individual license. 

How has clicker usage changed with this broader level of access to this technology?

In the spring of 2018, prior to the new licensing, physical device usage averaged 8,386 unique devices a month while mobile usage averaged 554 unique devices. In 2019, the physical device usage averaged 4,859 unique devices while the mobile usage averaged 6,332. This was a major change in the type of devices being used in the classroom, as well as the overall numbers of students being polled.

New Instructor Accounts20182019

More instructors are using TurningPoint in their classes.

We have also seen an increase in the adoption rate of instructors using TurningPoint. The table above shows new instructor accounts created by semester and year. Instructor accounts are defined as those conducting polling. This can include Faculty and Staff using TurningPoint outside of the classroom. We saw more than 200 new instructors sign up with TurningPoint in the two semesters following the implementation of the new licensing.

New Student Accounts20182019

There is a slight increase in the number of students with accounts. 

With the influx of new instructors, there has been a slight increase in new student accounts when comparing the semesters. The new accounts shown above reflect students in undergraduate-level courses. What is not shown in this data is the number of upper-level courses that are now using TurningPoint as part of the course.

Average Sessions20182019

The number of unique polling sessions has increased. 

We can see the usage of TurningPoint reflected in the number of sessions run each semester. A session is defined as each instance of an open polling time in either PowerPoint, Anywhere Polling, or Self-Paced Polling. From the table above, we can see the average number of sessions per semester is increasing compared to the previous semester.

Overall, the usage of TurningPoint is growing each semester. We see new faculty coming on board discovering new ways to increase participation in their courses, check for understanding on subject matter and increase overall student engagement. Learn more about Clickers at our website. If you are interested in learning more about TurningPoint and how to use it in your course, please contact the OIT HelpDesk online or by phone at 865-974-9900.

*Fall 2019 Data only includes August and September