TurningPoint

TurningPoint is a student response system (SRS) that can be used to create polls, quizzes and surveys, then deliver them online or in person, live or scheduled, and store the responses for analysis. 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.

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 (typically within a PowerPoint presentation), students use their keypads or personal devices to submit their responses. The software can then instantaneously display the results for all to see. At the end of the session, the results are saved, and can be exported for reference and analysis. TurningPoint can also be used to 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.

TurningPoint Web

As well as the desktop version, which can be installed on to your computer, TurningPoint has a web version that can be used to poll students online. You can also build content online using a web-based editor, as well as scheduling content at any time without the need for live polling. Go to https://instructor.turningtechnologies.eu/ and use your TurningPoint log-in details. More information on using TurningPoint Web can be found on their support pages.

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. 

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.