Using Clickers for Faculty

I'm ready to try clickers in my class, now what?

Here is a quick list of actions to get your class ready for using clickers.

  1. Choose a clicker technology that best fits your classroom goals.
    1. Read "What type of clicker should I use" below.
  2. If you decide on TurningPoint clickers, order an instructor kit from TurningPoint, and practice using the software.
    1. Read "What do I need to get started with TurningPoint" below.
  3. Order clickers for your students to buy from the Elon Bookstore.
    1. Read "How do I place my clicker order" below.
  4. Add TurningPoint Cloud activity to your Moodle course.
    1. Read "How do I integrate TurningPoint with Moodle" below.
  5. Update your syllabus.
    1. Read "What should I include in my syllabus" below.

For technical assistance with TurningPoint, contact them at 866.746.3015 (8 am - 9 pm EST).

What type of clicker should I use?

Clickers come in many forms. Some are hardware-based where students have to purchase a clicker device. Others are web-based where students can use their mobile device to respond to a poll. The best clicker for you depends on how you plan to use them. If you plan to use clickers for occasional, ungraded, anonymous polling of student opinions, the free web-based clickers may be a good fit. Polleverywhere.com and Socrative.com are two web-based clickers used by Elon faculty that work well.

If you need more advanced features or don't want students to use mobile devices in class, hardware clickers are the better option. The hardware clicker we recommend is TurningPoint's LCD model.

What about free clicker options?

PollEverywhere.com and Socrative.com are free web-based clickers that may be a good option for some. Web-based clickers may work for you if you plan to use clickers for the following:

  • anonymous, ungraded, occasional polling
  • allow mobile devices in your class
  • have fewer than 40 (50 for Socrative.com) students per class.
    Review the following questions to help you determine which clicker will be best for your class.

1.) Are you OK with students using mobile devices in your class?

  • If not, TurningPoint is your better option because PollEverywhere.com only works on mobile devices like laptops, smartphones, and tablets. TurningPoint clickers are handheld single-function devices that only let students respond to your prompts. They aren’t able to check email with the clicker device.

2.) Will you grade your students’ participation or responses with the clickers?

  • If so, TurningPoint is the better option because their software can import grades into Moodle.

3.) Would you like to track student responses?

  • If so, TurningPoint is the better option because they make it easy for students to register their device in Moodle.

4.) Will you use clickers regularly?

  • If so, TurningPoint is the better option because the hardware devices don't rely on student-owned devices and responses with web-based clickers take longer to appear.

5.) Do you have more than 40 or 50 students in a class?

  • If so, TurningPoint is the better option because the free services have limits on the number of students who can participate. PollEverywhere.com's limit is 40 students. Socrative.com's limit is 50 students.

What do I need to get started with TurningPoint?

Step 1 - Order instructor kit from TurningPoint

If this is your first-semester using TurningPoint clickers, you will need an instructor’s kit. Instructor kits are free and include a receiver and a clicker. To receive an instructor's kit, contact Elon's TurningPoint representative, Elwood Smith.

Step 2 - Create a TurningPoint account and download the software

Create a free TurningPoint account at https://account.turningtechnologies.com/account/. Enter your Elon email address. You'll then see Elon's standard log-in screen. Once logged in, go to TurningPoint's download page, scroll down and click on the TurningPoint Cloud version for your computer. You may have to complete a short registration form.

Step 3 - Practice using the TurningPoint software

TurningPoint offers several ways to help you learn the software.

How do I place my clicker order with the Elon Bookstore?

Contact our TurningPoint representative Elwood Smith with the course number, section, number of students in each section, and whether you'll allow students to use their mobile device as a clicker.

Clickers and licenses

Elon is standardizing on one model of clicker so a clicker that a student buys in one class will work for any other class. It's recommended that student purchase a bundle that includes a physical clicker and a license. If you permit mobile devices, or some of your students already have physical clickers, you can also add the license-only option to your order. It is possible to have some students using mobile devices and others using LCD clickers in the same classroom.

TurningPoint LCD clicker with 1-year license bundle TurningPoint LCD clicker with 2-year license bundle TurningPoint Cloud license-only with no physical clicker
TurningPoint LCD clicker with 1-year license bundle 
Bookstore price: ~$45 
TurningPoint price: ~$34
TurningPoint LCD clicker with 2-year license bundle 
Bookstore price ~$55 
TurningPoint price: ~$46
TurningPoint Cloud license-only for 1-year (no physical clicker) 
(IMPORTANT: students can use the license on their mobile device or laptop) 
Bookstore price: ~$30 
TurningPoint price: ~$21

How do I integrate TurningPoint with Moodle?

Moodle integration is very useful if you want to keep track of student responses or award points for clicker questions. Please note that Moodle integration is optional and not required to use TurningPoint.

If you have any problems, contact TurningPoint technical support at 866.746.3015 (8 am - 9 pm EST).

Step 1 - Add the TurningPoint activity to your Moodle course

The TurningPoint activity in Moodle allows students to register their device with your course. It's recommended to add the activity in Moodle at the start of the semester.

  1. Click the Turn editing on button.
  2. Click Add an activity or resource, select External tool, click Add
  3. Give the Activity a name, something like "Clicker Registration"
  4. Under External tool type, select TurningPoint Cloud. Scroll down and select Save and return to course.
  5. When a student clicks on the Clicker Registration link, they'll need to create a Turning Account with their Elon username and password and enter their clicker device ID or their Turning Account license.

Step 2 - Import participant lists and move grades to Moodle

Participant lists are typically imported after most students have registered their device in Moodle. If all students haven’t registered their devices, participant lists can be updated later.

Read instructions for importing participant lists and moving grades to Moodle.

What should I include in my syllabus to inform students about clickers?

It is important that students understand why they are being asked to purchase a clicker. And, it’s important they see the value in clickers. The following is basic language you could include in your syllabus. Also below are additional considerations for your syllabus. Feel free to edit and use these examples as needed.

(The following is modified from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.)

A TurningPoint clicker is required for in-class participation in this course. TurningPoint is a response system that allows you to respond to questions I pose during class, and you will be graded on that feedback and/or your in-class participation. For this class, you have the option of purchasing a TurningPoint LCD remote or if you prefer to use your mobile device, a license for TurningPoint Cloud. You may purchase either item through the Elon bookstore. In order to receive credit for participation, you will need to register your clicker remote in Moodle.

Sample of cheating policy for syllabus:

I consider bringing a fellow student’s clicker to class to be cheating and a violation of the University Honor Code. If you are caught with a remote other than your own or have votes in a class that you did not attend, you will forfeit all clicker points and may face additional disciplinary action.

Sample of forgotten clicker for syllabus:

Please realize that we will be using clickers in almost every class and clicker points will make up X% of your final grade. Remember that it is your responsibility to come prepared to participate with a functioning remote every day. However, I do realize that difficult circumstances do arise, and for this reason, I will drop the lowest [#] clicker session(s) from your total participation grade.

Sample of broken/lost clicker policy for syllabus:

If you have lost or broken your clicker remote, you will have to purchase another one or use a mobile device with your TurningPoint license (it's bundled with every new clicker). Be sure to register your new Remote ID in Moodle.

Additional considerations for your syllabus

Registration:

  • Specify if the student should purchase the TurningPoint LCD clicker or TurningPoint license, if that is an option. Acknowledge that accessibility options are available for students unable to use the standard ResponseCard due to a disability
  • Indicate the TurningPoint clickers can be purchased at the Elon bookstore.
  • If you grade student responses, describe how to register the response device.
    • Indicate the required information such as Device ID.
    • Direct the students to register their device in Moodle.
  • For assistance using your clicker, contact TurningPoint at 866.746.3015 or support@turningtechnologies.com.

Expectations:

  • Define how often clickers will be used in class. Most instructors indicate daily use and ask that clickers be brought to every class.
  • Describe responsibility for registration, battery life, getting assistance for problems, and bringing the device to class. If you will be making exceptions, make note of them here.
  • Describe how clickers will be used to support student learning. For example, explain that clickers may be used to gauge understanding of reading material, support class discussions, gauge understanding of new concepts, and review concepts of previously taught material.
  • Clarify whether or not clickers will be used for formal assessment.
  • Consider if responses should be anonymous depending on the nature of the course.

Attendance, participation, and grading:

  • Identify the role of clickers related to attendance and participation.
  • Describe how you will calculate attendance and participation points. (e.g. A clicker question will be asked at the start of class based on the readings and this question will also be used to take attendance. In this case, you may want to consider assigning partial credit for a wrong answer.)
  • Specify points or percent of grade that will be clicker-related. In some instances, instructors use clicker points for extra credit.
  • Indicate the dates of specific quizzes or tests that will be administered with clickers.
  • List when grades will be posted. (e.g. Grades will be posted in Moodle within 24 hours of class.)

Policy

  • Clearly indicate the types of academic misconduct such as using another student’s clicker.
  • State your school and personal policies and consequences for cheating with clickers.

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Article ID: 76492
Created
Fri 4/19/19 3:31 PM
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Tue 7/16/19 8:48 AM
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