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Getting Started

Let Instructional Services know that you want to use TurningPoint clickers before the start of the semester you plan to use them. When you contact us, you will receive an instructor's kit containing a TurningPoint flash drive/receiver, the TurningPoint software, important information, and training and support from Instructional Services staff.

Contact Information

  1. Contact the NDSU Bookstore to make them aware students in your course require a Turning Technologies clicker or ResponseWare/Mobile App subscription.
  2. Advise your students to purchase a clicker and/or subscriptions from the NDSU Bookstore. They can visit Student Resources for information about registering their clickers and/or subscriptions.

Creating a Turning Account

TurningPoint 8 software is installed on all instrumented classroom computers. However, we provide instructors with a TurningPoint USB storage/receiver device with the software already installed. This device also is a place to store your sessions.

Create a TurningPoint Account in Blackboard:


  1. Log into Blackboard 
  2. Select a Course
  3. Select Tools
  4. Select the TurningPoint Registration Tool
  5. Select Create Account and follow the prompts

If you already have a Turning Account, each semester you will want to make sure that you sync your courses to your Turning Account through Blackboard. You must go in to Blackboard to do this process:

  1. Log into Blackboard
  2. Select a Course
  3. Select Tools
  4. Select the TurningPoint Registration Tool
  5. Log into the system with your Turning Account credentials

Poll Types

Three types of polling are available. Once you have determined the software option you are interested, you are ready to attend training or review the self-directed resources.

  1. PowerPoint Polling is directly integrated into PowerPoint slides to keep interactive presentations functioning seamlessly.
  2. Anywhere Polling is an interactive toolbar that allows you to poll over top of web pages, videos, documents or any application.
  3. Self-Paced Polling is used to launch assessments, evaluations and surveys where participants can work at any speed.
Classroom Receiver Channels

Instructors are responsible for bringing their own Turning Technologies USB drive/receiver into the classroom. A specific channel is assigned to each room to prevent interference with other classrooms.

To change the default receiver channel (Instructors):

  1. Log in to the TurningPoint application on the USB drive/receiver
  2. From the Polling tab, click the "gear" icon in the lower-right corner of the TurningPoint Dashboard

  3. In the Preferences dialog box, select Connections > change the Receiver number below ResponseCard Channels: > Close

Remember - Students must change the channel on their clicker device to match this channel number before responding. Students will be able to see the Channel number displayed in the polling toolbar when a poll is open if the poll is displayed on screen. Students using a mobile device will not need the channel number.

To change the device channel (Students):

  1. Press the CH key on the left side of the clicker device above the keypad
  2. Use the keypad to enter the correct channel number (1-74) in the New Channel? prompt
  3. Press the up arrow key below the left-arrow icon displayed on the left side of the screen
  4. The channel number should be displayed in the top-left corner of the response window

Training Opportunities

Face to Face - Instructional Services provides face-to-face training each semester. Training is focused on how to get started with clickers, how to begin polling in a class, and how to manage student clicker data. Please email to schedule training.

Online - Turning Technologies trainers offer numerous training webinars on TurningPoint 8. The current webinar topics and schedule are available on the Turning Technologies Training page.

Self-Directed Resources - For faculty who prefer to learn independently, we’ve assembled a list of self-directed documents and videos.

Full Interactive User Guides: PC Mac

Quick Start User Guides:

Video Tutorials:

  • Video Tutorials (Note: Select the software of interest – PowerPoint, Anywhere, Self-Paced)

Managing Data Tips

The Course/Roster

A Course/Roster is required if you would like to award points for student participation, correctly answering questions, or view detailed student reports of a TurningPoint session. Course/Rosters contain the names, device IDs, and subscription statuses of students in a particular Blackboard course.

Course/Rosters will be synchronized with your Blackboard course within your Turning Account and will automatically appear under the Manage tab in the TurningPoint 8 application. Instructors do not need to manually create the course/roster and they no longer need to download the course/roster from Blackboard.

Understanding your Course/Roster

Students participating in courses where clickers are required for points or grading purposes are required to:

  • Create a Turning Account
  • Redeem a Turning subscription
  • Register their device ID from the back side of the clicker device (optional if the student is only using ResponseWare/Mobile App)

In the Course/Roster, you can view the student registration status of all your students and verify they have completed the necessary items. f you choose to award points for clicker use, students who have not fully completed the registration process will not receive points through TurningPoint until they finish the registration process correctly. Once the student is correctly registered, that student will be linked to the device or license so previously unawarded points can be uploaded to the Blackboard Grade Center.

To learn more, review the Understanding you Course/Roster document.

You now have the ability to email the students regarding their registration status:

  1. Sign into your Turning Technologies Account. The TurningPoint Web instructor dashboard will display.
  2. Locate the Course you wish to email students.
  3. Click View.
  4. Click Email Students in the upper right hand corner.
  5. Select desired option(s).
  6. Click Send
    Note: The emails will be sent only to those students who need to complete the option(s) you've chosen.
Editing a TurningPoint session file

Before uploading or exporting points, you may wish to edit the session file to change correct/incorrect answers, adjust points for answer choices, or delete particular clicker questions.

To learn more, review the Editing a TurningPoint Session document.

Uploading TurningPoint Session Points directly to Blackboard

Session points or total points can be sent directly from the TurningPoint Results Manager to the Blackboard Grade Center in your course.

To learn more, review the Uploading TurningPoint Session Points to Blackboard document.

Exporting Content

Question lists and PowerPoint presentations can be exported from TurningPoint. Exporting content creates a copy of the file in the specified location. The file is not removed from its current location.

How to export content:

  1. Select the Content Tab
  2. Click Content and select Export
  3. Check the Content to be exported.
    Note: When exporting content, it is important to remember that folder structure is exported as well. For example, a folder named “Practice” Contains three question lists. If a question list From “Practice” is exported, a folder “Practice” is created and the exported question list will be inside the folder.
  4. Click... and navigate to the desired location
  5. Click OK
  6. Click Save
Importing Content

The following file types can be imported into TurningPoint: question list files (TPQX and TPQ), answer key files from TurningKey (TKY), QuestionPoint files (TQZ) and PowerPoint presentations (PPTX and PPT). When a file is imported, it is copied from its current location to the Content folder in TurningPoint.

Tip: Drag and drop files and folders directly under the Content tab.

How to import existing question lists into Turningpoint:

  1. Select the Content tab
  2. Select Content and select Import
  3. Select the file(s) and click open.
    Tip: Select more than one file by holding down the Shift or Control Keys.

Best Practices and Helpful Resources

Proven Results

More than half of all U.S. colleges and universities have successfully implemented TurningPoint clickers. Years of research across disciplines, student demographics, class size and institution size support student response as a comprehensive learning solution.

Best Practices with Student Response

Student response technology can provide the tools for interactive teaching and learning, but utilizing the technology to its full potential takes experience and creativity. Explore the following best practices to help you maximize impact student response can have in your course.

Ask Meaningful Questions

Asking meaningful questions that permit students to utilize critical thinking or reveal interesting results will not only keep students attention, but will also encourage collaboration and communication.

Applying Learning Theories

Use clickers in your classroom to support various learning theories. 

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