Classroom Polling Systems (clickers) in DITturning point clicker

Classroom polling systems offer a tool for engaging students in the classroom. These systems have been used in a variety of fields and at all levels of education. The teacher or lecturer poses a question to the students; the students use a clicker or smartphone to transmit answers. Some of the activities facilitated by classroom polling systems include:

  • Class Discussion - Facilitate discussion by polling students' opinions and discussing the reasons for their opinion
  • Feedback - Collect immediate feedback about students' understanding of lecture topics so confusion can be addressed quickly
  • Collect Data and Perform Formative Assessment - Collect data on course topics or learning preferences throughout the cycle of a course
  • Summative assessment - collect student answers to quizzes and exams
  • Take Attendance - Record attendance in large lecture courses.

What's available in DIT?

DIT is currently supporting a pilot study investigating the use of smart phones for in-class polling, and a DIT site-wide licence for the use of Turning Point Cloud software is available free to all staff during 2017 (please be aware that a site wide licence beyond 2017 is not guaranteed).

Turning Point Cloud allows your students to interact both remotely and in class with quizzes and polls delivered through MS-PowerPoint. To use Turning Point Cloud the lecturer needs to request an account, download the appropriate software and then set up a quiz/poll in PowerPoint. The student needs to download a free app to their smartphone or tablet, and then be given the relevant session ID by the lecturer. The software is easy to use and Turning Point offer a free weekly training webinar. Registration for training and account request links are below.

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Note: Clicker devices are also available from some DIT libraries and these work with older versions of Turning Point software. These devices are not currently configured for use with Turning Point Cloud and will only work with older versions of the software already downloaded by DIT staff (Turning Point 5 is the most popular). Turning Point 5 is no longer being supported by Turning Point and users can expect a gradual loss of functionality as MS-Office, operating systems etc are upgraded. Polls/quizzes created in Turning Point 5 can however be imported into Turning Point Cloud.