Audience Response Clickers

Available to hire from CiCS is a group response system that can gather instant responses, feedback and choices from an audience of up to six hundred people. If you need personal training, please contact your department, Faculty or CiCS learning technologists.

Group response systems create interactivity between a presenter and the audience. You use a computer and a projector to present a series of Powerpoint slides to your audience. Each slide is built within the audience response software, and displays a question with multiple choice answers.

Each member of the audience uses a wireless keypad to indicate their answer. The answers are sent to a base station, which is connected to your computer. The software collects the results and displays them for all to see.

Data can be collected anonymously or, for exams, you can make each handset traceable to an individual. You can include questions about your audienceĀ“s age and gender etc, and then later perform demographic analyses of their responses.

The data is stored in a database, so you can return at a later date to perform further analyses. You can even award points or weighting to different answers in order to measure the audienceĀ“s understanding of a subject.

The graphical results can be saved as a standalone presentation and can be published on your website.

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Software

Turning Point

You will need the Turning Point software is installed on your computer and on the computer that you will present on. If you are using your own computer, you should download and install the software:

  • Download TurningPoint 5 from here to install on your own computer
  • If you are working on a University Managed Desktop, you should:
  1. Double-click the Software Center icon on the desktop
  2. Wait until the list of software populates, refresh with the F5 key if necessary
  3. Select the software in the alphabetical list and click the Install button
  4. When installation is complete close the Software Center and start the software from the Start menu

Devices            

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Book the devices:

There is an online booking form available at:
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/cics/learningandteaching/servicerequest

You will receive the number of devices you request and a 'hub' which is a USB device. Plug this into your computer before you open your PowerPoint presentation.

User guides / training

Turning Technologies


There are videos to show you how to set up and use your presentation, available at the Turning Point website: http://www.turningtechnologies.co.uk/training/

If you would prefer a booklet, there are booklets available for PC and Mac.

A couple of things to remember:

  • The students don't always have to get the right answer to be learning - the discussion you use with the questions will be as important if not more important than the right answer
  • You have data that you can use after a lecture to find out more about your students - their abilities and their knowledge gaps. How will you use that data?

Further Information

Information from LeTS (Learning and Teaching Services) about Clickers at the University of Sheffield.

Classroom Response Systems: A 'white paper' from Carnegie Mellon about the use of devices.