TurningPoint Audience Response System

Using TurningPoint, instructors can run impromptu polls or use prepared PowerPoint presentations with embedded questions to engage students in active learning and make class time more interactive.

  • Poll students to encourage active discussions.
  • Assess comprehension and review content as needed.
  • Collect performance data and integrate with Blackboard’s Grade Center.

The TurningPoint system is installed in all Academic Technologies computer classrooms, but check your classroom's technology for the most up-to-date information.


Get Started with TurningPoint

  1. Create a Turning Account and Register through Blackboard
    To use TurningPoint, you and your students must first create a Turning Account and register it through a Blackboard course.
     
  2. Instruct Students to Purchase Subscriptions
    Students can purchase a subscription through the GW Bookstore separately or bundled with a clicker. Each student must purchase their own subscription and cannot share it with other students.

    After purchase, students must manually add their subscription code to their Turning Account. Students purchasing new bundles are eligible for a $10 rebate.
     
  3. Instruct Students to Select a Response Device
    To respond to your polling questions, students can use a TurningPoint clicker, or if you allow, a mobile or web-enabled device. Both clickers and mobile devices can be used in the same session, though each student should only use one type of device per session.

    • TurningPoint Clickers
      Students can purchase clickers from the GW Bookstore separately or bundled with a subscription. Once purchased, they must add the new Clicker ID to their Turning Account. Students purchasing new bundles are eligible for a $10 rebate.

      Note: The Instructional Technology Lab (ITL) has a limited number of clickers available for instructors to borrow on a short-term basis. However, because the devices are not licensed, responses cannot be associated with particular students.
       
    • TurningPoint Mobile
      To use a mobile device, students must install the Android or iOS TurningPoint Mobile application. To use a laptop, students can access polling sessions with a browser at ttpoll.com. Students using TurningPoint Mobile must still purchase a Turning Account subscription.
       
  4. Create Polling Questions
    To begin creating polling slides for a PowerPoint presentation, download the TurningPoint software to your computer from within your Turning Account. Versions for Windows and Mac operating systems are available free of charge.

Support

We recommend that you consult with the Instructional Technology Lab team before using TurningPoint for the first time; however, below are some additional resources.

Students can consult the Turning Account Registration and Setup guide or the TurningPoint FAQs for students for more information.

Faculty Guides