TurningPoint is a student response system (SRS): a technology used in face-to-face teaching scenarios to facilitate interactivity, enhance feedback processes on multiple levels, and collect data from students. TurningPoint is a leading commercial student response system that is widely used at the University of Bristol. You may also have come across systems such as Poll Everywhere or Learning Catalytics. It is quick and easy for novice users to introduce basic practices into their teaching, and there is an excellent range of advanced features for those wishing to do more. See the page on educational practice for more information on different practices and their benefits.

Other terms used for SRS include:

  • audience response
  • personal response
  • e-voting
  • clickers

How it works

TurningPoint allows students to vote using their own devices, such as smartphones or laptops, as well as handheld wireless keypads (or “clickers"). When a question appears on the main screen (typically within a PowerPoint presentation), students use their keypads or personal devices to submit their responses. The software instantaneously displays the results on the main screen for all to see. At the end of the session the results are saved in the PowerPoint file, and can be exported for reference and analysis. TurningPoint can also be used to record results, generate reports, identify participants, manage teams, and run competitions.

Whether you are using keypads or students’ own devices, you will need a licence to collect votes. If you would like to have a licence allocated to you, please contact: digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

Thinking about using TurningPoint for your online teaching?

TurningPoint works well for this. If you are teaching a class in Blackboard Collaborate you can run your polling session using Powerpoint as you would have in a face to face environment. 

TurningPoint Web

As well as the popular desktop version which can be installed on to your computer TurningPoint now have a web version which anyone with an account can log into. You can build content online using a web based experience, as well as scheduling content at any time without the need for live polling. Go to https://instructor.turningtechnologies.eu/ and use your usual TurningPoint log in details. More information on using TurningPoint Web can be found on their support pages.

Students’ personal devices

TurningPoint enables students to respond to polls using their personal web-enabled devices (smartphones, laptops, etc) through a web browser or dedicated app. This requires a wireless network to be available, to allow access via the Internet. If wanting to use a web browser students will need to access the session through ttpoll.eu.

TIP: If you are using Powerpoint to run your session ensure you have the web browser address (ttpoll.eu) and the session ID on each slide. This will save students asking for the details if they arrive to an online session late or their connection drops.

Keypads / clickers

If you are using the keypads, one must be given to each student to enable them to vote. A USB wireless receiver plugged into the presenter’s computer receives the responses.

Note: Some of the documents on this page are in PDF format. In order to view a PDF you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.