• For Students: TurningPoint Audience Response Solutions (Clickers)

In classrooms, an Audience Response System (ARS) allows students to answer or respond to audience questions posed by instructors with the use of remote controlled hand-held devices. Some ARS systems require specific clicker response devices communicating directly with a "receiver" connected to a presentation computer; other solutions allow responses to be submitted through any Internet-connected device, such as a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

In educational settings, clickers help instructors determine if students understand the materials presented or are paying attention. Clickers can make the classroom a bit more interactive and engaging.  An ARS system collects student answers and immediately displays results for all to see.

As of 2009 (and updated May 2011), the University of Utah established an "ARS Clicker Standardization" Plan with the intent to reduce the number of clicker variations that were appearing on campus. Not only were faculty facing many ARS choices, but students, due to the level of technology at the time, were purchasing multiple types of clickers for different courses. The University Plan focused on the ARS solution offered by the company TurningTechnologies known as TurningPoint Polling Software. A student would only need to purchase a single clicker for his/her entire academic enrollment at the University, regardless of the course taken.

The current thinking from the governance committee concerned with teaching and learning technologies (Teaching & Learning Portfolio) recognizes that the underlying tech associated with ARS has changed in the last half decade. The use of cloud-based student responses using any Internet-connected device brought to the classroom is more prevalent than the need to purchase a separate clicker. Encryption and security surrounding cloud-based responses are greatly enhanced. As well, many faculty are finding other solutions for audience polling that are easy to use, inexpensive, and that did not exist a few years ago.

Consequently, the Teaching & Learning Portfolio considers the need to have a standardization plan for the campus no longer to be as vital. 

The solutions from Turning Technologies are still supported, along with its integration with Canvas, the University's online course management system. However, other options may be preferred by teaching faculty (see Other Solutions for Audience Response Systems). 



Use the following links to learn more about the solutions for audience polling from Turning Technologies called TurningPoint 5 and the newer TurningPoint Cloud.


 For Students & Participants...TurningPoint 5

The instructor for a class that will use TurningPoint Clickers will supply you with more detailed information on the exact polling technology he or she will use in the course. Instructors will previously arrange with the University Campus Store for you to purchase a clicker device in the same manner as buying text books.

At the time of clicker purchase, you have the option to use the one-year user license that is part of your original purchase.  Or you may choose to buy a four-year user license plan. Consult with the Campus Store for more detailed information.

As a student, when you no longer need to use a TurningPoint Clicker for any of your University courses, the Campus Store may buy back your used clicker to make it available for other students to purchase for other semesters.

If a clicker is damaged, return it to the Campus Store for replacement.

An instructor may choose to use the new TurningPoint Cloud technology where responses are registered via the Internet, rather than as a connection between your clicker and a receiver on the presenter's computer. In such cases, you will need to create an account with Turning Technologies in order to be known by the system.

Turning Accounts for Participants/Students

TurningPoint 5 Student Resources for Canvas

Registering a Response Device (Clicker) in Canvas

TLT Help Desk Phone Support 801-581-6112-option 2

TLT Email Support: classhelp@utah.edu

Eccles Health Sciences Library Audience Polling Support

University of Utah Campus Store Information about Clickers




 For Students & Participants...TurningPoint Cloud


Turning Accounts for Participants/Students (required)

TurningPoint Cloud Student Resources for Canvas

TLT Help Desk Phone Support 801-581-6112-option 2

TLT Email Support: classhelp@utah.edu

Eccles Health Sciences Library Audience Polling Support

University of Utah Campus Store Information about Clickers