Faculty Guides

TurningPoint Audience Response System

Add interactivity to your PowerPoint presentations, improve student engagement, and get real-time feedback on class effectiveness with the TurningPoint audience response system.

  • Poll students to encourage dynamic discussions.
  • Assess comprehension and review content as needed.
  • Create questions on the fly while students view a video or other content.
  • Collect performance data and integrate with Blackboard’s Grade Center.

The TurningPoint system requires a receiver and an input device. To respond to polling questions, students simply press the appropriate keys on their device.

Accessing TurningPoint

TurningPoint software and receivers are installed and ready to use in all Academic Technologies computer classrooms; check your classroom for the most up-to-date information.

You can also download the TurningPoint software to your personal computer from within your Turning Account. Versions for PC and Mac are available free of charge.

Turning Account

In order to use TurningPoint you and your students must create a Turning Account and register it through Blackboard. Students will also need to purchase a license and a ResponseCard Clicker to participate in TurningPoint sessions.

If you allow the use of mobile devices, students will only need to purchase a license. Instructors do not need a license to use TurningPoint.

Students can consult the Turning Account Registration for Students guide (PDF) for assistance.


Students are required to purchase their own license in order to receive credit for participation, whether they use a ResponseCard clicker or their mobile or web-enabled device. Licenses can be purchased separately or bundled with a clicker through the GW Bookstore. They will need to manually add the license code to their Turning Account.

Turning Technologies is offering a $20.99 rebate for purchases of new devices, licenses, or bundles during the 2016-2017 academic year.

TurningPoint Device

Students can use either a ResponseCard clicker, or if you allow, a mobile or web-enabled device to participate in TurningPoint sessions. Both ResponseCard clickers and mobile devices can be used in the same TurningPoint session.

ResponseCard Clicker

Students can a purchase clickers, along with a license, from the GW Bookstore. To be given credit for participation, students must add their device ID to their Turning Account.

A limited number of clickers are also available in the Instructional Technology Lab (ITL) for instructors to checkout on a short-term basis.

Turning Technologies is offering a $20.99 rebate for all GW students purchasing new devices, licenses, or bundles.

TurningPoint Mobile

TurningPoint Mobile is available to anyone who has purchased a Turning Account license. To use TurningPoint mobile, students will need to install the Android or iOS application on their mobile device. Those using web-enabled devices can access a polling session at rwpoll.com.


We recommend that you consult with ITL staff prior to using TurningPoint for the first time. Staff are available for questions and one-on-one consultation during open lab hours or by appointment.

For further information, check out the TurningPoint Quick Start Guide (PDF), as well as, the Faculty Guides section under TurningPoint Audience Response System.

Students can consult the Turning Account Registration for Students guide (PDF) or the student FAQs for more information.