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 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 for quizzes and tests, to direct classroom discussions, and 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 to Clickers, Fall 2016
In the Fall of 2016, we rolled out a new version of the TurningPoint software – TurningPoint Cloud.
TurningPoint 5 came to an end of life, with support ending in August 2016 for the University of Iowa. TurningPoint Cloud includes more security, new features, and a cloud platform that integrates with our new ICON. In agreement with campus partners, ITS no longer supports physical clickers. Instead, we encourage students to use their own wi-fi enabled devices to answer polling questions.
Support resources, including video tutorials and user guides, are available at https://www.turningtechnologies.com/video-tutorials/turningpoint
Frequently Asked Questions
Past 90 Days
UPDATE: TurningPoint Cloud issue has been resolved. Please contact the ITS Help Desk if you continue to experience any issues.
Original Note: TurningPoint Cloud on PC (Windows) is currently experiencing issues when exporting session data to Canvas. The vendor is working on a fix.
We will keep this page updated with any new information.
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.