If your professor has indicated in the class syllabus, email or otherwise that clickers will be used in the class, then you will need a clicker device.
Below is the information you will need to purchase the correct clicker device, set it up and be ready to go when classes begin.
The University of Idaho College of Law uses Turning Technologies clickers. There are three models that work with the current version of the software: the Turning Technologies NXT, QT and QT2. If you have multiple courses using clickers then you only need one Turning Technologies clicker for all classes.
Some courses at the College of Law allow you to use your mobile device to participate in polls. This is a software solution that allows you to download an app or access a web page on your phone, tablet or computer to answer clicker questions.
If you are in a class with a professor teaching locally, then a physical clicker will typically be what you use. However, if you are in a distance class then you will need to use your own mobile device.
Some professors require the physical clicker. Ask your professor or check their syllabus to determine the best solution for you.
Before using a clicker or your mobile device, you will need to set up your Turning Account. To do this:
- First log into Blackboard Learn.
- Select the course you need a clicker for.
- Click the “Clicker Registration” link in the left-hand column. NOTE: If you do not see this link on the bbLearn page, you will need to contact your professor and let them know so that they can add it to the course page.
- This will prompt you to set up your Turning Account (using your @vandals email) and link it with your Blackboard Learn account.
- Once logged in the Turning Account Setup Wizard will walk you through redeeming any subscription codes and linking your clicker ID.
- If you do not have a clicker or license yet you can skip these steps and return later to redeem your subscription or add a clicker ID.
You must register your TurningPoint subscription in order to use a clicker or your mobile device. New clickers bundles include a one year TurningPoint subscription code in the box. Your clicker will be linked to your Blackboard Learn account. You will only need to register the clicker once and it will be usable in any of your classes using Turning Technologies clickers.
Physical clickers and TurningPoint subscriptions can be purchased at the VandalStore or online through the Turning Technologies Online Store. A TurningPoint subscription is required and will include the use of your own mobile device and clickers. New clicker bundles include a one year TurningPoint subscription code in the box.
To purchase a clicker or subscription online after creating your Turning Account by following the instructions above, login to your account by going to student.turningtechnologies.com. Once logged in click the “Purchase Clicker” or "Purchase Subscription" button. This will take you to the student store where you can purchase a clicker bundle (includes the required subscription), standalone subscription, or a standalone clicker (if you already have a subscription).
With a physical clicker, you will need to select the correct clicker channel, which will be provided by your professor. Then simply input your answer.
If you are using your own mobile device, you will need to log into the TurningPoint website and click Respond in the top ribbon. From there you will need to enter the appropriate session id provided by your professor. When a poll is active the screen will provide the answer choices for you to select.
If you are using an Android or iOS device you can download the TurningPoint app from the app store to participate in polls. Once downloaded simply login to the app with your Turning Technologies account and follow the on-screen instructions.
In order to avoid technical issues during clicker questions, it is generally a good idea to get your clicker or mobile device logged in and on the correct channel at the beginning of class. That way it is ready when the professor starts a clicker question.