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Job Aides

We've developed some job aides to help you get started using a Student Response System in your classroom.

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. 

To alphabetize 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 Save to save the changes you made to the list. 

You may also want to print out the list, take it to class, and ask students to initial to confirm that their name and clickerID are correct. To do this, follow steps 1-6 above, then … 

  1. Click Print to print out the list of student names and clicker ID's.
  2. Pass it around class and ask students to verify their clickerID. 
  3. If the number is correct, the student should indicate this by writing their initials on the page after their name.
  4. If it is wrong, tell them to go to Blackboard and re-register the correct clickerID (from the back of their clicker). 

Give students a deadline by which they must have purchased and registered a clicker for your class. Students register clickers using Blackboard. You will download a course "participant list" from Bb using TurningPoint Dashboard. 

We strongly encourage you to ensure that your TurningPoint participant list is accurate and up-to-date. If you suspect some students may not have registered a clicker conduct the test below. Note: this test won't tell you if your student's clicker ID is accurate. For example, your student may have purchased a clicker last year, which they registered on Blackboard, sold that clicker and purchased a new one this year and never bothered to register the new clicker ID. The only way to identify that problem is to print out the list and ask students to verify that the clickerID following their name is accurate.  

To see how many students are using clickers that have not been registered in Blackboard: 

  1. Open TurningPoint 
  2. From the Dashboard choose the Manage tab.
  3. Select the Participant List 
  4. Click the button called Results Manager
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the list. If you see any device ID's listed under the heading Unassigned Devices this means students are showing up in your class and using clickers that have Not been registered in Blackboard. 
  6. List these unassigned clicker ID's on a PowerPoint slide, and ask students to look at their clicker ID's on the back of their clickers. If they see their clicker ID, tell them to go to Blackboard and register their clicker.  
  7. If you have not updated your participant list in a long time, you may be able to resolve this problem by first getting a new list from Blackboard and pairing the session file with the updated list. See steps above.  

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. 

BEST PRACTICE: 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 view how an individual participants response: 

  1. Open TurningPoint 
  2. From the Dashboard choose the Manage tab.
  3. Select the Session File and click Reports 
  4. Choose the option Results by Participant from the drop-down menu on the right-hand and top side of the window. 
  5. Choose options you prefer. 
  6. The center of the window will show how individuals answered questions during the session. 
  7. You can export the page to an Excel file or HTML file using the Export button. 
  8. You can Print the page using the Print button. 

You download participant lists from Bb using TurningPoint Dashboard. And you upload session files to Bb the same way. 

If you discover that you have conducted sessions using an out-dated participant list or an Auto list you will need to link previous session files (that were conducted with an out-dated participant list) with a current (up-to-date) participant list. This is very easy to do.

To pair a session file to a participant list (after the fact): 

  1. Open TurningPoint 
  2. From the Dashboard choose the Manage tab.
  3. The session file that was created using an Auto list will appear beneath the word Auto
  4. The session files that were created using an out-dated participant list will appear beneath the name of the out-dated list. 
  5. Select the session file, and drag and drop the session onto the correct list. They will then pair up. 

 

To upload a session file: 

  1. Open TurningPoint 
  2. From the Dashboard choose the Manage tab.
  3. Select the Participant List (note: not the session file) that you used during the session and click Results Manager 
  4. Click the button called Integrations. (Notice the options on the right side of the screen and choose options you prefer first)
  5. Complete the form. Select Blackboard for LMS. The Server Address is: https://blackboard.ohio.eduusername and password and select Connect
  6. Select the option: Export Session(s) and check the columns you want to upload into Blackboard. Then click Export.
  7. Open Blackboard Gradebook.  The session file will be listed as a new column in your Blackboard GradeBook. 
  8. Note: you may want to change the name of the session file so it makes sense in how it appears in GradeBook. You may also Merge sessions so that multiple sessions appear together as one in GradeBook. To Merge session files, go to the Manage tab, and from the Sessions drop-down menu choose Merge

Here's how to get a grid so students can check in:

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.