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Student Response Systems (Clickers)

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Peoples Building Room 38
690 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19382

Theresa Boppell
Educational Technologist
Phone: 610-436-3350

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Student Response Systems (Clickers)

*** We are no longer supporting  Turning Point 5. We are currently using and supporting Turning Point Cloud. For more information see below, refer to Turning Technologies or contact the Digital Corner ***

 Student Response Systems or Audience Response System (ARS), is a technology used to promote active learning in classrooms. TurningPoint Cloud, a solution from Turning Technologies, is the main university supported Student Response System solution. The system allows groups of people to participate in polling activities, vote on a topic, take a survey or answer a question. The responses are tabulated and displayed back to the participants. Student Response Systems have been around for several decades but have gained increasing popularity in educational classrooms in recent years. 

Recent research on Student Response Systems found using clickers in the classroom had a measurable impact on students in the following areas:

  • Attendance – Students who know they will be assessed attendance points via clicker input are more likely to show up for class.

  • Preparation for Class – Students come to class more prepared for quizzes and with completed homework.

  • Enthusiasm – Improved atmosphere in the classroom and increased student enthusiasm for learning.

  • Attentiveness – Students will stay more attentive and focused throughout the entire class as questions are posed and answered.

  • Participation – Reaches all learners, even quiet or shy students have a voice, so the entire class can participate in the lesson.

  • Confidence in Learning – Students can answer questions more confidently when there is no stigma of being incorrect.

  • Student Understanding – By seeing their answers compared to others, students can gauge their understanding of the material and focus their review.

  • Collaboration – Clicker activities such as polling questions, stimulates discussion among students, allowing them to interact with each other.

  • Active Learning – Interaction and participation in collaborative discussions increases student engagement, and their level of activity in the learning process.

Faculty Information

Decide which option to use in class

  • Clickers - Contact the bookstore with the device model you wish to use.
  • Mobile Device - using ResponseWare, students may use smartphones and IPads (with app), laptops (via website). This is the most economical option for students.

** All options require a license- the new clickers come bundled with the required license. For those students choosing a used clicker, they are also required to purchase a license for the data to be collected. For Response Ware an app and license is required**

How to save your students money

  • Use the Response Ware mobile version - Students then only need to buy the license
  • Remind the students that the license and clickers are able to be used in multiple classes at once and beyond the semester.

 To get started: 

  • Create a Turning Account at and become familiar with the integration with D2L
  • Choose a polling type:
    • AnyWhere Polling – Anywhere Polling allows you to poll atop any application, including web pages, videos and documents, using a floating interactive toolbar.
    • PowerPoint Polling – PowerPoint Polling is an add-in to PowerPoint, which allows you to poll using questions built in PowerPoint.
    • Self-Paced Polling – Self-Paced Polling allows you to create exam answer keys, lets your students answer exam questions using their clicker at their own pace, and upload exam grades to D2L.
  • Set up your participant lists
    • Import your participant lists from D2L using the Manage Tab and Integrations option 
  • Obtain the devices required for your class
    • Contact the Turning Technologies representative to help you choose your device
    • Contact the WCU Bookstore to reserve and order the devices for your class

 Attend Training

 Get Support:

Student Information

Licenses are required for all clickers and mobile devices and are available at the WCU Bookstore on the Turning Technologies store (accessible via your account)

How to save money

  • Use the mobile version - Then you only need to buy the license (check with your instructor/syllabus for course instructions)
  • Remember, the license and clickers are able to be used in multiple classes at once and beyond the semester

Account setup

  1. Access your Turning Account via your class D2L page and Clicker Widget on the HOME page of your D2L class
  2. Click register my clicker
  3. Click create account - complete information as directed - Be sure to use your WCU email.
  4. Enter license and device information as directed in the License and  Response Devices Sections. You DO NOT need to click or add anything in the Learning Management System Section. 

 Additional Information and support: Turning Technologies Student Resource Page


Turning on the Clicker – It is always on!  Just press a button to “wake” it up!

 Not Getting Points? - Make sure your device ID is registered

Not Getting Points?- Make sure your Turning Account License is validated

Not Getting Points? - Make sure your clicker has fresh batteries

Not Getting Points? Make sure you registered and set up your account using the widget on your class D2L page


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