Clickers for Faculty
Are there training classes available for faculty?
Faculty may request a one-on-one consultation at any time
by contacting the FTDC at 915-7918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is always training available via the Turning Technologies Web site. Click
here to review their training materials.
How do my students register their clickers for my class? Can I do this through Blackboard?
The Turning Technologies Registration ool in Blackboard is available by default in every newly created Blackboard course. Your students can access it via the Tools link in your Blackboard course menu.
How do I import my registered students into the TurningPoint software?
To import your registered students into your TurningPoint software, watch the Importing a Participant List video, which will step you through this process.
How can I import grades from clicker sessions into my Blackboard grade center?
To get your grades into your Blackboard course, view the Blackboard Integration video tutorial.
How do faculty use clickers?
Faculty can use clickers to gauge understanding
and to poll for opinions. Faculty report that they can increase
student interaction using clickers. One teaching strategy is to
pose a question and then display the results. If there is a wide
variety in the answers, the faculty member can ask students to form
groups to discuss the question. After the discussion the students
can respond again. Faculty can also use clickers to take attendance.
What do faculty need?
Faculty need to have a computer in the
classroom, along with a Turning Technologies receiver (which includes a flash drive with the TurningPoint software installed on it). Faculty can download
the latest versions of the software from the Turning Technologies Web site. The Turning Technologies clicker
system works with both PC and Macintosh computers.
Faculty need to have a receiver. All faculty
who order clickers through the bookstore should receive a free
receiver. Please contact the FTDC
at 915-7918 to request your free receiver.
Faculty need their students to purchase
clickers from the bookstore.
UM Standardizes on Turning Technologies Response Card NXT
The Instructional Technology Standing Committee recently re-evaluated clicker usage on campus and after hearing feedback from faculty that had demoed different clicker brands, the committee voted to support the Turning Technologies ResponseCard NXT Clicker (ISBN: 9781934931455) as the new campus standard. The University has signed
an agreement with the vendor to make Turning Technologies the officially
This standardization means that students should need to purchase
only one clicker for their entire university career.
This agreement does not prohibit faculty from using competing
clicker systems. It does mean that this is the only clicker system
that IT will support.