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Personal Response Systems (Clickers)



Clicker Self-Paced Training

Interested in using polling/clickers in your class but don’t know how to get started? Hop on over to Canvas and take this self-paced Clicker Training.

Point Solutions (TurningClassic and TurningPro) by Turning (formally Turning Technologies) is the campus-supported personal response system for classroom polling. Point Solutions is a hybrid polling option that provides secure management of courses, rosters, and assessment data while integrating with Canvas. Polling can be done from your computer (desktop or laptop, Mac OS or Windows) with a physical device (clicker) and mobile devices via native apps (iOS and Android) or web-browsers.

All students have a clicker license provided through TechFee. This enables students to use their mobile device to respond to questions at no additional cost. Faculty may require a physical clicker for their courses which can be purchased at The VolShop. Refer to your course syllabus for specific class requirements.

To use the Turning system in a class, the instructor will choose between three options:

  1. Mobile device only – This environment offers the most flexibility for the instructor and student. There is no additional hardware required for the instructor, only a software install. There is no additional cost for student use.
  2. Hybrid of mobile and physical clickers – This environment allows the students to use what they have available, either a mobile device or physical clicker. This option requires the instructor to have a USB receiver plugged into their computer to receive the physical clicker responses. There is no additional cost for the student to use their mobile device, but the physical clickers must be purchased.
  3. Physical Clicker only – This environment offers the most control for the instructor but requires the instructor to have a USB receiver plugged into their computer to receive responses. The students will need to purchase a physical clicker to participate.