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 a response 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 Windows and Mac are available free of charge.

Turning Account

To use TurningPoint, you and your students must create a Turning Account and register it through Blackboard. Students will also need a subscription and a response device to participate in TurningPoint sessions.

Students can consult the Turning Account Registration for Students guide (PDF) for assistance with creating and registering their account.


Students are required to purchase their own subscription to receive credit for participation. A subscription can be purchased through the GW Bookstore separately or bundled with a clicker. After purchase, students must manually add the subscription code to their Turning Account. Instructors do not need a subscription to use TurningPoint.

Turning Technologies is offering a $20.99 rebate to GW students purchasing new subscriptions.

Response Devices

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


Students can purchase clickers from the GW Bookstore separately or bundled with a subscriptionOnce purchased, they will need to add the new Clicker ID to their Turning Account. 

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

Turning Technologies is offering a $20.99 rebate to GW students purchasing new subscriptions.

TurningPoint Mobile

TurningPoint Mobile is available to anyone who has purchased a Turning Account subscription. 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 before using TurningPoint for the first time. Staff is 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.

Quick Links

Faculty Guides