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Getting Started

For help with Training and Support:
Contact the Service Desk

Follow these steps:

STEP 1: Complete the online request form to notify OIT of your intention to use the SRS at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the quarter. When you submit this request form, OIT will make sure that your classroom is equipped to support clicker use. They will schedule an appointment with you to familiarize you with the technology (both software and hardware). If several people from your department are interested in signing up together, they can schedule a department-wide introduction to the Student Response System and tailor it to your needs.

STEP 2: Download the TurningPoint software and install it on your personal or office computer. This is the software you will use to author interactive question slides within Microsoft PowerPoint. Be sure to download TurningPoint 5, Version 5.3.1. This is the version of the software that is installed in the classroom.

STEP 3: Pick up your free "instructors kit" from the OIT Service Desk located on the 3rd floor of WUSOC (HDL). The instructor kit includes a USB TP receiver, and a ResponseCard Radio frequency LCD clicker for you to use for testing and practice. It also includes a miniature card-stock QuickStart Guide that includes info re: installing the software, using the dashboard, setting up the receiver, connecting to ResponseWare, PowerPoint Polling, Anywhere Polling, Creating Content in PowerPoint, Managing Data, etc. The instructor kit allows you to plug your receiver into the USB port on the classroom computer, or use it on a laptop or any other computer you choose to use. If you use clickers in multiple classes you will now be able to take it with you and plug it into the computer in each class, wherever you teach. We recommend you affix your name and contact info to your receiver. You will need to return it to me at the end of the semester. 

STEP 4: Begin re-working your lecture presentations to include interactive slides. You may want to begin by lecturing for 10 minutes and then posting an interactive question slide to confirm whether or not your students are getting it. The key to using "clickers" effectively is asking good questions. This is a skill that takes time and practice. Explore ideas for using clickers by watching video interviews of faculty who have used clickers at Ohio University.

STEP 5: Inform your students via your course syllabus and course Blackboard site that they will be required to use a clicker for your course. You can include this in the required materials listed for your course.  Your students can purchase a clicker at Tech Depot (located on the 1st. floor of Baker Center). The price for clickers are as follows: $36 (new clicker) and $26 (used clickers while they last). To ease the cost of the clicker, let students know they can sell their clicker back to Tech Depot at the end of the quarter for $20 or keep it to use in another class in the future.

STEP 6: Students will need to register their clicker for your course using Blackboard. Here is a video tutorial that shows students how to register their clicker for your course. Please post a link to this tutorial in the announcements section of your Blackboard course. For Students: How to register my clicker

STEP 7: After students have registered their clickers for your course you will be able to record how each individual answered any given question in class. This is possible because of a "participant list" file that pairs your students' names with corresponding clicker ID's. Without a participant list you can only poll your students anonymously. To download a participant list:  

  1. Open TurningPoint 
  2. From the Dashboard choose the Manage tab.
  3. From the Participants drop-down menu choose New 
  4. Select option: Download from Integration and click Create List
  5. Complete the form. Select Blackboard for LMS. The Server Address is: https://blackboard.ohio.eduusername and password and select Connect
  6. Select your course from the list and click Import 
  7. Name and save the file. 
  8. Be sure this file is uploaded to the computer from which you will present your PowerPoint. 
  9. From PowerPoint and before beginning your lecture click the Participants drop-down and choose the participant list you downloaded. 

STEP 8: Teach your students how to use clickers in class. We've created two job aides to help you. Feel free to download these files and share them with your students.

Teach students how to use clickers (PDF document) - Handout for students
Teach students how to use clickers (PowerPoint file) - You can download this file to show in your class. You have permission to modify this presentation to fit your classroom needs.

STEP 9: Is it important that you are confident that the clickers are working. Otherwise, some students may blame the technology whenever the opportunity presents itself to get away with something, such as skipping class, not bringing a clicker to class, etc. 

BEST PRACTICE: Bring a sign-in page to class everyday. Whenever a student is anxious that his/her clicker is NOT working, ask him/her to sign the paper, with clicker ID and date. You can begin class and deal with problems later. If a student comes to you months from now saying that he participated everyday, and has not received the appropriate credit, thus the clicker MUST be the problem, you now have something to look at. Did the student record that he was having a problem by signing the sign-in page on the days in question? If not, why not? Make this the students' responsibility to be certain that their clicker IS WORKING. And don't let them blame the technology when they are at fault. 

BEST PRACTICE: You  can help students know if their clicker is working everyday. While students roam into the classroom, display a Response Grid of students names so they can verify that their device is working properly everyday before class begins. When they click a button their name tag displayed on the grid will change colors. This indicates that their clicker is working. 

To display a Response Grid of student names and clickerID's:

While you have an open clicker question and the green box is showing it is live, look at the Showbar at the top of the display window. Roll over the icons and find the one that says, Show/Hide Response Grid. It looks like a checker board. Click it to show the response grid.

To control how the grid appears, go to Preferences. Look for Response Grid and choose options you prefer such as how large font to use, how to display names or clicker ID's, and how long each page of names endures on the screen. 

STEP 10: You can help students know they have registered their clicker correctly. Print out a list of student names and clicker ID's. Ask students to verify their clicker ID is correct by initialing next to their name.  Collect the page and keep doing so until every student has verified that their clicker is working. After you do this the only time you will need to update your participant list is if a student has to get a new clicker because the one they were using is broken, lost or stolen. Remind students they can get new batteries for their clicker for free at Tech Depot. However, ask them to make sure they don't just swap out a clicker for a new one. If they do, the student will have to register the new clicker on Blackboard AND you, the instructor, will have to update your participant list.  

To print a participant list: 

  1. Open TurningPoint 
  2. From the Dashboard choose the Manage tab.
  3. Select the Participant List 
  4. Click the button called Edit Participant list
  5. Click the column for Last Name. Doing so will alphabetize the list by last name. 
  6. Click Print to print the list. 
  7. Pass it around class and ask students to verify their clickerID. 
  8. If the number is correct, the student should indicate this by writing their initials on the page after their name.
  9. If it is wrong, tell them to go to Blackboard and re-register the correct clickerID (from the back of their clicker). 

STEP 11: At the end of each class period save your interactive session data. Session data records the questions you asked and how students responded to each question. You will use session data files to create detailed reports in Excel or Word, which you can import into your gradebook.