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Teaching Tools

Personal Response Systems (Clickers)


TurningPoint by Turning Technologies is the campus-supported personal response system for classroom polling. TurningPoint is a hybrid polling option that provides secure management of courses, rosters, and assessment data while integrating with Canvas. The hybrid polling offers polling from your computer (desktop or laptop, Mac OS or Windows) with a hand-held device (clicker) and mobile devices via native apps (iOS and Android) or web-browsers. Additionally, there is an option to have web only polling via the instructor TurningPoint account.

To use the TurningPoint system in a class, the instructor must have a TurningPoint instructor kit and account and the students are required to purchase a subscription from the bookstore (this enables the mobile device option with students). Purchasing the hand-held device is optional and up to the instructor.

Changes to TurningPoint on August 18, 2017

OIT upgraded our TurningPoint software on August 18.  The new integration is now in place.

This upgrade provides enhanced integration with Canvas and several other new features in your TurningPoint software. New features include: Auto-updates between Canvas courses and TurningPoint when you login to the software on your computer, notifications of newly registered students, and the ability to send grades to Canvas with the click of a button.

The new TurningPoint 8.2 software is needed to use clickers. Login to your Turning Technologies account at the Turning Technologies’ website. From the top menu, select Downloads, then select the correct operating system under TurningPoint 8.

LMS & Turning Point Instructions

  • Canvas and TurningPoint
    Setup instructions for linking your installed Turning Point software and Canvas.
    NOTE: Your classes will not show on the new Turning Account instructor screen until they are published in Canvas.
  • Canvas Module
    Instructions for setting up Canvas so your students can properly link their clicker with your class.


There are two options for training:

All faculty wishing to use TurningPoint in their classes will need an instructor kit and a Turning Account.
See account registration instructions (PDF). The kits are provided at the face-to-face training or you can request a kit via the OIT Helpdesk.

For more information or to request training, contact the OIT HelpDesk online or by phone at 865-974-9900.


TurningPoint by Turning Technologies is the campus-supported personal response system for classroom polling. Students must have a subscription/license (can be purchased at the bookstore) and a Turning Account. Most instructors also require the hand-held device (clicker); check to verify what is required for your classes.

Learning Management System

Mobile Device (Formally ResponseWare)

Purchasing, Registering and Using Clickers at UTK

Device Guide

For more information or questions, contact the OIT HelpDesk online or by phone at 865-974-9900.

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