Frequently Asked Questions

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Faculty: How to Create an Instant Poll

1. Open up the TurningPoint Anywhere software.

Poll Button located at the top of menu screen

2. Click on the Poll button. (It looks like the symbol for a Play button on a DVD or VCR player.)

Poll Button located top left corner

3. When the Showbar appears, click on the Poll button again.

Stop Button located on the top left corner

4. Once you've gotten your responses, click the Stop Polling button and see the results

Polling Results Shown

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Faculty: Creating a Question List

There will be times you will want to create poll questions in advance of class. To do this you create question lists which allow you to save questions and answers and then load them into the program at a later time.

1. Under Create and Manage, go to the Launchpad and click on Question Lists.

Create and Manage Question Lists

2. Click on New Question List.

Create and Manage New Question Lists

3. Start by entering your question and answer text. If you need more answer choices, click on the Add Answer Choice button.

Screenshot of enter question and answer text

Screenshot of Question Editor

4. Select a correct answer, if applicable. When you select a correct answer the others are automatically marked incorrect. You are not required to choose an answer as correct.

Screenshot of Created Question and Answers'

5. Set the various properties for the question as needed. You can add properties for the question including how many points students get for answering correctly or if the correct answer will be marked on the results page (if there is a correct answer).

Screenshot of Question and Presentation Properties

6. To add additional questions click on Add Question and select the kind of question you want to create. If choosing a fill in the blank question, try to include common misspellings of the word in the acceptable answers.

Screenshot of Add Question Button

Screen Shot of Add Question Dropdown Menu

7. When done adding questions, click Save so that your questions can be loaded during class.

Screenshot of Save Question Button

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Faculty: Loading a Question List

1. Go to the Launchpad and click on Question Lists.

Under Create and Manage select Question Lists

2. Click on Load Question List.

Screenshot of Loading Question List

3. Navigate to the questions file you previously created and click Open.

 Navigate to the questions file you previously created

4. Click Poll to open the Showbar and start polling.

Poll Button located at the top of menu screen

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Faculty: Importing a Participant List from Blackboard

1. Click on the Polling Assistant

Polling Assistant second choice on menu

2. Choose the Import from LMS button.

Choose the Import from LMS button

3. Under the Management System dropdown menu choose Blackboard. In the Server URL box enter Press the Next button.

Screenshot of Learning Management Dialog Box

4. Enter your campus username and password. (The same you use for Blackboard.)

Screenshot of Blackboard Login Dialog Box

5. Select the Import Participant List radio button. Press the Next button.

Screenshot of Blackboard Wizard Options

6. Select which course you would like to import the Participant List from. Press the Finish button.

Screenshot of Blackboard Select Course Window

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Faculty: Exporting Grades to Blackboard

1. Under Create and Manage click on the Results link.

Under Create and Manage Select Results Option

2. Click on Export Directly to LMS.

Select Export Directly to LMS Option

3. Select Export Grades/E-mail Student Grades. Click Next.

Select Export Grades

4. Select the course you want to export and click Next.

Screenshot of Blackboard Select Course Window

5. Select what session you would like to export from.

Screenshot of Blackboard Export/Preview Options

6. Click on the Add grades shown above to Blackboard gradebook checkbox. Then choose either New Item, entering a name and maximum point value to be entered into your Blackboard gradebook, or choose Existing Item from the list of assignments you’ve already entered into yoru gradebook.

Select Add grades shown above to Blackboard gradebook

7. Click Finish.

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Faculty: How do Clickers Work?

You acquire a Turning Technologies receiver from Jeremiah Woolsey in Instructional Technology. ( or x3705) This is a small device the size of a Flash drive that will plug into the USB port of the computer you are presenting on. Then you install the Turning Point Anywhere software, which allows you to poll your class, and the Turning Key software which allows you to create automatically graded tests like a Scantron. With this suite of software you can use pre-prepared or instant polls in class as well as create tests that are instantly graded.

The students purchase the Clickers (Turning Technologies NXT Response Cards) from the bookstore or from the Turning Technologies website. You order them the same way you would a book or scientific calculator for your class. Once they register their Clicker with Blackboard you will be able to track their participation and attendance using the Clicker. You put a poll question up on the screen and the students respond to it using their Clickers. Then you display the student responses up on the screen to further discussion.

For details on how to use Clickers, check the tutorials on this site or attend one of the monthly Clicker training sessions presented by the Instructional Technology staff (there are extra trainings before the beginning of new semesters).

Beatty, Ian D., and William J. Gerace. 2009. Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment: A Research-Based Pedagogy for Teaching Science with Classroom Response Technology. Journal of Science Education and Technology 18: 146-162.

Blodgett, Dina L. 2006. The Effects of Implementing an Interactive Student Response System in a College Algebra Classroom. Thesis for Master of Science in Teaching: University of Maine.

Burnstein, Ray A., and Leon M. Lederman. 2003. Comparison of Different Commercial Wireless Keypad Systems. The Physics Teacher 41: 272-275.

Caldwell, Jane E. 2007. Clickers in the Large Classroom: Current Research and Best-Practice Tips. CBE-Life Sciences Education 6(1): 9-20. 

Carnaghan, Carla. 2009. Investigating the Effects of Group Response Systems on Learning Outcomes and Satisfaction in Accounting Education. Unpublished paper. 

Deal, Ashley. 2007. Classroom Response Systems. Carnegie Mellon University Office of Technology for Education and the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence.

Crouch, Catherine H., and Eric Mazur. 2001. Peer Instruction: Ten Years of Experience and Results. American Journal of Physics 69(9): 970-977.

Dangel, Harry, and Charles Xiaoxue Wang. 2008. Student Response Systems in Higher Education: Moving Beyond Linear Teaching and Surface Learning. Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange 1(1): 93-104. 

Draper, S. W., and M. L. Brown. 2004. Increasing Interactivity in Lectures using an Electronic Voting System. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 20: 81-94. 

Fies, Carmen, and Jill Marshall. 2006. Classroom Response Systems: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Science Education and Technology 15(1): 101-109. 

The C3 Framework: Evaluating Classroom Response System Interactions in University Classrooms. Journal of Science Education and Technology 17: 483-499. 

Graham, Charles R., et al. 2007. Empowering or Compelling Reluctant Participators using Audience Response Systems. Active Learning in Higher Education 8(3): 233-258.

Hake, Richard R. 1997. Interactive-Engagement versus Traditional Methods: A Six-Thousand-Student Survey of Mechanics Test Data for Introductory Physics Courses. American Journal of Physics 66(1): 64-74.

Hanson, Coral Richards. 2007. An Evaluation of a Student Response System Used at Brigham Young University. Thesis for Master of Science: Brigham Young University.

MacArthur, James R., and Loretta L. Jones. 2008. A Review of Literature Reports of Clickers Applicable to College Chemistry Classrooms. Chemistry Education Research and Practice 9: 187-195.

MacGeorge, Erina L., et al. 2008. Student Evaluation of Audience Response Technology in Large Lecture Classes. Educational Technology Research and Development 56: 125-145.

Randolph, Justus J. 2007. Meta-Analysis of the Research on Response Cards: Effects on Test Achievement, Quiz Achievement, Participation, and Off-Task Behavior. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions 9(2): 113-128. 

Rice, Ronald E., and Ulla Bunz. 2006. Evaluating a Wireless Course Feedback System: The Role of Demographics, Expertise, Fluency, Competency, and Usage. Studies in Media & Information Literacy Education 6(3): 1-23. 

Twetten, Jim, et al. 2007. Successful Clicker Standardization. Educause Quarterly 30(4): 63-67.

Wieman, Carl, et al. 2008. Clicker Resource Guide. Science Education Initiative (University of British Columbia) and the Science Education Initiative (University of Colorado).

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Enhanced Technology Classroom (ETC) Quick Start Guide

  1. Push the "ON" button to start the system.
  2. Turn on the units to be accessed (onboard computer, laptop or VHS machine). Any or all of the units can be turned on and accessed.
  3. Select the desired source for display (computer, laptop or VHS).
  4. If using the laptop, plug the laptop into the provided cables.
  5. If using the VHS put in the desired tape and press "PLAY".
  6. To shut the system down, press the "OFF" button on the panel and then shut off the individual units.

There are currently 42 ETCs (smart classrooms) throughout the campus. Although they are easy to use, IMS suggests that if you have any questions regarding the ETCs, call Michael Little, the Enhanced Technology Smart Classroom Technician, (310) 243-2710, Instructional Media Distribution, (310) 243-3834, or the office of the director of IMS, (310) 243-3182.

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Students: Register Clicker on Blackboard

Blackboard Registration TurningPoint Clickers & ResponseWare

Screenshot of Different Clickers

  1. Log into Blackboard
  2. Select the course you wish to register your clicker to
  3. Select “Tools” (located on the left side of the screen)
  4. Select “TurningPoint Registration Tool
    Screenshot of TurningPoint Registration Tool Button Select 
  5. Enter Device ID Number
    • 6-digit number (clicker)
    • 8-digit number (ResponseWare)
    • Letters A-F and Numbers 0-9
  6. Re-Enter Device ID Number
    Screenshot of Blackboard TurningPoint Registration Tool login page 
  7. Submit

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Students: How to Set the Clicker Channel

In order to avoid conflicts with nearby receivers in use, Clickers and Clicker receivers (on the instructor’s computer) have the ability to operate on one of 80 channels. If your clicker is not set to the same channel as the instructors receiver you will need to change the channel that your Clicker is running on.

1. When the instructor opens up TurningPoint Anywhere you will see the LaunchPad on their screen. The channel the receiver is on will be displayed in green.

Channel Displayed on Menu Screen in Green

2. Press the Channel button.

Channel Button below the Right Function Right key located at the top left corner

3. Enter the channel number shown on the LaunchPad.

Screenshot of Screen of Clicker Input New Channel

4. Press the enter key.

Enter Key is between the arrow selections keys

5. The channel is changed.

Changed Channel Displayed on Clicker Screen

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Students: How to Search for Available Clicker Channels

If you are unaware of what channel the instructor’s receiver is operating on you can have your clicker search for the channel.

1. Click on the Tools menu option.

Tools Menu Button Top Right Corner

2. The first selection should be the Find Channels option. Select with the Enter button.

Find Channels option displayed on screen as first option

Enter Key is between the arrow selections keys

3.Once the clicker has shown you the available channel click Enter again to accept the channel.

Available Channel displayed on Screen

4. Clicker will confirm the channel change.

Channel Changed show on screen

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Students: How to Login to a Test

1. After the instructor opens the software and loads the key, press the Enter Key EnterEnter Key is between the arrow selections keysto turn on the device.

Wait for the "Welcome" and the "OK" prompts. 

2. Enter your test version, then press the Enter Key EnterEnter Key is between the arrow selections keys.

3. Press the ABC Key located below the Right Function Keykey until the top right of the screen shows 123.

4. When prompted for Your ID, enter the three digit exam # followed by your eight digit Student ID # (NO DASH), then press the Enter key EnterEnter Key is between the arrow selections keys.

Verify your exam, version and # of questions.

6. Press the Right FunctionRight Function Key next to right arrow key key under OK. You are now logged in to the test

Test clicker

Resonse Card NXT and TurningKey [PDF]

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Students: Responding to Test Questions

Multiple Choice

  1. Press the letter on the keypad that corresponds to your answer choice.
  2. Press the Right key to move to the next questionRight Arrow Key.

Fill in the Blank Questions

  1. Using the keypad, enter the answer text – similar to cell phone style texting.
  2. Press the Enter KeyEnter Key is between the arrow selections keys.
  3. Press the Right key to move on to the next questionRight Arrow Key.

Test clicker

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Students: Go Directly to a Question

  1. Press the Left Function KeyLeft Function Key underneath Go To.
  2. Using the keypad, enter the number of the test question you need to answer or change.
  3. Press the Enter keyEnter Key is between the arrow selections keys.

Test clicker

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Students: Sending a Test

Incomplete Test

  1. Press the Right Function Key Right underneath End.
  2. The question numbers that have not been answered are displayed on-screen.
  3. Press the Right Function Key Right again to confirm you want to send the test.
  4. The test will be saved, sent and received by the test proctor. 

Completed Test

  1. When all of the test questions have been answered press the Right Function keyRight Function Key next to right arrow keyunderneath End.
  2. Press the Right Function key Right Function Key next to right arrow key again to confirm you want to send the test.
  3. The test will be saved, sent and received by the test proctor.

clicker device

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