TURNINGPOINT CLOUD

TurningPoint Cloud is a set of technologies to enhance student performance in the classroom. It consists of both software and hardware components to collect data from students, analyze the data, and publish the results to a learning management system.

The main hardware component is often called a "personal response device," more commonly known as a "clicker." Clickers transmit student responses to the other hardware component, which is a radio receiver that plugs into an available USB port on a computer. 

The data collected by the receiver is then fed into the TurningPoint Cloud dashboard, which breaks down each set of responses by session and student device ID. This data set can then be stored locally or exported into a learning management system.

In order for TurningPoint Cloud to function, it relies on a number of factors:

  • Students and Instructors must obtain a Turning Account. This is free for Instructors, but students are required to purchase a 1 - 4 year license in order to use TurningPoint Cloud as a resource. Turning Accounts are usually bundled with clickers so that students who have a Turning Account can use ResponseWare (if allowed by the instructor) as an alternative to using a clicker, but still have a clicker as a backup (if the instructor doesn't allow ResponseWare).
  • Students must register either their ResponseWare license key or their physical Device ID (or both) within TurningPoint Cloud in order to have their device/account associated with their name. The best time to do this is when creating the initial Turning Account.
  • Students must also "link" TurningPoint Cloud to any learning management system in which they are enrolled.

WARNING: TurningPoint Cloud and Tegrity are not 100% compatible. If you plan to use TurningPoint Cloud in conjunction with a Tegrity lecture capture recording, you must read about the workaround that is necessary for TurningPoint Cloud to function during a Tegrity recording session.


INSTRUCTORS

Dowloading Software and Creating Account - Use your S&T email address when signing up for a Turning Account. Also, make sure to download TurningPoint Cloud from the downloads screen. NOTE: Your Turning Account password can be different from your S&T password, if you choose.

Clicker Overview - Some common questions and answers pertaining to clickers.

Participant List Overview - What they are and how to use them effectively.

Updating TurningPoint Cloud - Many troubleshooting issues can be resolved simply by performing a manual update of the TurningPoint Cloud software. NOTE: Classroom computers may be a version or two behind your desktop version, which can sometimes cause issues.

Testing Student Clickers - Students will often report a "malfunctioning" clicker. In most cases, this is due to user error, but TurningPoint Cloud does have a polling test feature so that you can check each clicker and make sure it is sending a response to the receiver.

Turning Account Registration - If you are using clickers for your course, please make sure to add the link to the Turning Account Registration page. The best way to do this is to create a Module in Canvas and add the link for the account registration page to the Module. You can find the link for the account registration page in Canvas by clicking the link here or going to the Canvas Help and Resources course and clicking the Turning Account Registration link.

STUDENTS

Getting Started with TurningPoint Cloud - ALL students are required to purchase a license or license bundle depending on how they intend to use TurningPoint Cloud in their classes. A "bundle" consists of a response device, a ResponseWare ID, and a Turning Account. Or students can just purchase a Turning Account license and obtain the ResponseWare ID for free! Both bundles and Turning Accounts can be purchased from either the S&T Store or Turning Technologies.

IMPORTANT: Turning Accounts must be created through Canvas.

WARNING: You must use your userid when creating an account through Canvas. If you try to create a Turning Account while your friend is logged into Canvas, it will cause problems when the instructor wants to assign points to you in TurningPoint Cloud. For this reason, make sure you are logged into Canvas.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Some basic questions and answers to help students understand their new response device (a.k.a. "clicker").


  • Clickers
  • PowerPoint Polling
  • Anywhere Polling
  • Self-Paced Polling
  • MORE RESOURCES

Clickers

Clickers

Frequently Asked Questions - Asked and answered!

QT Response Card (PDF) - TurningTechnologies' latest version of the response card. It has a full QWERTY keyboard for easy text-based responses, along with some additional interface improvements (e.g. "glow-in-the-dark" keyboard, larger screen, etc.).

NXT Response Card (PDF) - Previous iteration of TurningTechnologies' response card, this supports T-9 style text responses for short-answer questions.

ResponseWare for iOS - IMPORTANT: Not all instructors allow the use of ResponseWare, so check with your instructor(s) before opting to use ResponseWare in a course.

ResponseWare for Android - Use your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to respond to questions! IMPORTANT: Not all instructors allow the use of ResponseWare, so check with your instructor(s) before opting to use ResponseWare in a course.

ResponseWare for Presenters (Instructors) (PDF) - Anyone who wishes to use ResponseWare as a presenter in TurningPoint must first set up their TurningPoint session to allow for ResponseWare users. ResponseWare users have a ResponseWare ID that is attached to their Turning Account, just like a standard physical device ID.

IMPORTANT: By default, ResponseWare will show students the text, images, and content on the TurningPoint slides when they access the session through their smart device. However, instructors can change the behavior so that students will only see the possible responses to the questions. This will help motivate students to continue to attend class for face-to-face courses.

  1. Open TurningPoint dashboard.
  2. In the upper-right corner, click the Click to Connect link under ResponseWare in the upper-right corner of the dashboard.
  3. Click Session Options in the lower-right corner of the ResponseWare window.
  4. At the bottom of the window, select Display response buttons only.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Now run your ResponseWare session.

PowerPoint Polling

PowerPoint Polling

PowerPoint Polling gives instructors the ability to create polling slides within their existing PowerPoint lecture. Students respond to the questions with their physical response device (clicker) or through the ResponseWare polling app (at the instructor's discretion).

NOTE: As with any TurningPoint Cloud application, both students and instructors are required to have a Turning Account (VIDEO).

IMPORTANT:

  • Receivers for TurningPoint are already installed in all TurningPoint classrooms on campus and are set to the correct channel for that room.
  • Signs are posted in each room indicating their channel.
  • DO NOT CHANGE THE CHANNEL!
  • If you require a receiver for a classroom that does not already have one, please contact EdTech.

PC Resources

New Users Getting Started (PDF) - New users (students and instructors) MUST have a Turning Account. This document covers the basics of creating a PowerPoint Polling presentation for TurningPoint Cloud on a PC. 

Additional Topics (more advanced topics to add functionality to TurningPoint sessions):

  • Demographics (VIDEO) - This feature allows you to assign students to specific groups so that you can compare different groups (e.g. by age, ethnicity, gender, etc.).
  • Competitions (VIDEO) - Make your students compete for points! Either as teams or individuals. This can be a very effective motivational tool to stimulate learning and discussion.
  • Comparative Links (VIDEO) - You can ask students the same question multiple times and compare their answers over time (e.g. pre- and post-testing).
  • Picture Slides (VIDEO) - You can also use pictures instead of text as your answer slides. Very useful for questions based on diagrams, charts, images, etc.

Slide Preferences (PDF)

10 Steps to Run PowerPoint Polling (PDF) - Step 1 (plug-in receiver) should not be necessary in S&T classrooms.


Mac Resources

New Users Getting Started (PDF) - New users (students and instructors MUST have a Turning Account. This document covers the basics of creating a PowerPoint Polling presentation for TurningPoint Cloud on a Mac. It is virtually identical to creating slides for a PC PowerPoint Polling session.

Additional Topics (more advanced topics to add functionality to TurningPoint sessions):

  • Demographics (VIDEO) - This feature allows you to assign students to specific groups so that you can compare different groups (e.g. by age, ethnicity, gender, etc.).
  • Competitions (VIDEO) - Make your students compete for points! Either as teams or individuals. This can be a very effective motivational tool to stimulate learning and discussion.
  • Picture Slides (VIDEO) - You can also use pictures instead of text as your answer slides. Very useful for questions based on diagrams, charts, images, etc.

10 Steps to Run PowerPoint Polling (PDF) - Step 1 (plug-in receiver) should not be necessary in S&T classrooms.

Anywhere Polling

Anywhere Polling

Anywhere Polling allows instructors to poll students while interacting with any other application, including web pages, videos, documents, and more. A floating toolbar overlays the screen and provides the polling options for the instructor. As with PowerPoint Polling, the results are then displayed to the students and reports are generated for the instructor.

NOTE: As with any TurningPoint Cloud application, both students and instructors are required to have a Turning Account (VIDEO).

IMPORTANT:

  • Receivers for TurningPoint are already installed in all TurningPoint classrooms on campus and are set to the correct channel for that room.
  • Signs are posted in each room indicating their channel.
  • DO NOT CHANGE THE CHANNEL!
  • If you require a receiver for a classroom that does not already have one, please contact EdTech.

New Users Quick Poll (PDF) - The Quick Poll option gives instructors the ability to create questions on the fly and ask students questions during the lecture without any previous preparation on the part of the instructor.

  • Running Your Presentation (VIDEO) - Review the steps needed to run an Anywhere Polling session.
  • Generating Your Reports (VIDEO) - Once your session has concluded, you will want to generate a report based on student performance.
  • Creating a Question List (VIDEO) - A question list is a useful way of pre-generating questions for use with Anywhere Polling. Question lists can also be used with Self-Paced Polling and PowerPoint Polling.
  • Polling with a Question List (VIDEO) - This process is similar to polling with PowerPoint Polling except that you will be asking students questions based on whatever else may be happening on screen (web pages, applications, videos, etc.)
  • Quick Poll (VIDEO) - Verbally poll your students and receive instant responses. Results can be included in your overall session data for later grading, reporting, and analysis.
  • Editing a Session (VIDEO) -- Sessions can be edited to account for verbal questions that were not already included as part of a question list. You can update both questions and possible responses.

New Users Question List (PDF) - Question lists can be created and associated with various applications over which students will be polled. For instance, students may be required to watch a short video clip and then the instructor uses a Question List to ask students a series of questions about the content of the video. Question Lists can be created inside of TurningPoint Cloud or uploaded from a Word document.

Additional Topics (PDF) - Demographic Assignments, Team Competitions, Team Leaderboard, Participant Leaderboard, Fastest Responders, Compare with Question, Polling with Question List, Results by Demographic Report, Question List: Team Competitions, and Question List: Priority Ranking

10 Steps to Run Anywhere Polling Quick Poll (PDF) - Step 1 (plug-in receiver) should not be necessary in S&T classrooms.

10 Steps to Run Anywhere Polling Question List (PDF) - Step 1 (plug-in receiver) should not be necessary in S&T classrooms.

Self-Paced Polling

Self-Paced Polling

Self-Paced Polling allows instructors to create paper-based polling sessions (i.e. tests). Students store their responses on their physical device (clicker) and then submit their collected responses to the receiver. Self-Paced Polling also now works with ResponseWare. Question Lists for Self-Paced Polling can be created within TurningPoint Cloud or uploaded as a Word document.

NOTE: As with any TurningPoint Cloud application, both students and instructors are required to have a Turning Account (VIDEO).

IMPORTANT:

  • Receivers for TurningPoint are already installed in all TurningPoint classrooms on campus and are set to the correct channel for that room.
  • Signs are posted in each room indicating their channel.
  • DO NOT CHANGE THE CHANNEL!
  • If you require a receiver for a classroom that does not already have one, please contact EdTech.

New Users Getting Started (PDF) - Learn how to create Question Lists, administer the test, and generate reports.

  • Building Your Answer Key (VIDEO) - A short video demonstrating how to build a basic Self-Paced Polling test.
  • Administering Your Test (VIDEO) - See how a Self-Paced Polling session will actually work in practice.
  • Generating Your Reports (VIDEO) - Analyze student performance after the session is concluded.
  • QT Device & Self-Paced Polling (VIDEO) - Thanks to the full QWERTY keyboard, it is easier than ever to run a self-paced polling session through TurningPoint Cloud.
  • ResponseWare & Self-Paced Polling (VIDEO) - Now you can use your smartphone or tablet to take a self-paced polling session! ResponseWare integrates seamlessly into TurningPoint Cloud to let you take a paper-based test from anywhere!

10 Steps to Run Self-Paced Polling (PDF) - Step 1 (plug-in receiver) should not be necessary for S&T classrooms.

MORE RESOURCES

MORE RESOURCES

TurningPoint Cloud Tutorials - Although we have attempted to provide links to the most important TurningPoint Cloud resources, they have a host of other videos and PDF documents that could be very helpful. Please browse through their documentation to find the answers to your questions. We (EdTech) will always try to help as best we can, but we don't always have the answers...contrary to popular belief...

Import Word Document into TurningPoint Cloud - A properly formatted Word document can easily be imported to TurningPoint Cloud. The resulting Question List can be used in any of the TurningPoint applications.

Canvas and TurningPoint Cloud (PDF) - This information includes: Downloading, Using, and Updating a Participant List; Exporting a Session to Canvas. NOTE: The server address is: mst.turningtechnologies.com

  • Canvas and TurningPoint Cloud Participants (PDF) - This document provides the following information: Navigating to the Turning Account Registration Website; Creating a Turning Account; Purchasing or Redeeming a License; Adding a Device (ResponseCard); and Removing a Device.

Additional Resources:

Journal of Chemical Education:  "Optimizing the Use of Personal Response Devices (Clickers) in Large-Enrollment Introductory Courses" by Dr. Klaus Woelk, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Computers in Education Journal: "Millennials Perception of Using Clicker to Support an Active Classroom Environment: An Early Adoption Perspective" by Dr. John P. Hogan, Associate Professor of Geosciences & Geological & Petroleum Engineering, and Dr. Dan Cernusca