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What is a student response system (Clicker)?

Student Response Systems are also referred to as "Clickers, "Audience Response Systems" or "Personal Response Systems." Clickers allow students to enter responses via a small wireless device that records responses through software to the instructor station in a classroom. Instructors build a PowerPoint presentation with built-in response indicators and ask students to respond to certain slides during the presentation. Clickers have been used extensively to review for quizzes and tests, to direct classroom discussions, and to provide feedback on course material.

Student Response Systems (aka "Clickers") can make your classes more interactive, facilitate class discussions, guide lectures, encourage peer instruction, allow for immediate student feedback, and allow for polling inside and outside of PowerPoint.

Changes coming to Clickers

In the Fall of 2016, we will be rolling out a new version of the TurningPoint software – TurningPoint Cloud.

TurningPoint 5 has come to an end of life, with support coming to end of life for the University of Iowa in August 2016. TurningPoint Cloud includes more security, new features, and a cloud platform that is integrated with our new ICON.  In agreement with campus partners ITS will no longer be supporting the physical clickers.  Instead, we encourage students to use their own wi-fi enabled devices to answer polling questions. 

Students that need to purchase a license may access the Turning Account Student Store after following the Turning Account Registration link from within their ICON course Modules page.

Turning Account Student Store

  1. You must FIRST log into Canvas and select your Clicker Course
  2. Select Modules and locate the Turning Account Registration link.
    Note that your instructor may place this in a different place within Canvas.  Contact your instructor if you are unable to locate this link.
  3. Click that registration link.  You will be redirected and you may be asked to sign into Canvas again.
  4. Verify your information, check the box to agree to the End User Agreement, and select “FINISH”
  5. If you need to purchase a license, click “Purchase” and enter in your debit/credit card information.  Your license will automatically be applied to your Turning Account.   
  6. You do NOT need to enter in a device ID.  Click FINISH to finalize your Turning Account. Once complete, you should see two green checkmarks.  One under license and one under LMS
  7. Download the Response Ware APP to your Android or iOS device.  You can also access www.responseware.com with any browser enabled device to join your instructors clicker session


Support resources, including video tutorials and user guides, are available at https://www.turningtechnologies.com/support/turningpoint-cloud


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Friday, September 16, 2016 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 3:30pm

The Clicker software, TurningPoint, is having issues with incorrectly configured student accounts. This issue is affecting a small number of students.

Our support team is working on the issue with the vendor and it should be resolved by the end of the day Monday, September 19.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 3:51pm