Are the days of free-standing clickers numbered?

The Scholars received an interesting email yesterday from an instructor who asked:

"The days of free-standing clickers are numbered. Why buy extra hardware and software when most everyone already has what they need? (The makers of GPS receivers are learning the same lesson.) About a year ago I asked my students, Can you access the internet in this room right now? In a room of 40, all but 2 hands went up. Between smartphones, laptops, netbooks, tablets, and eReaders with web browsers, you're hard-pressed to find someone who can't access the internet if you provide them with wifi."

This is a very good question - why, indeed, would instructors ask their students to purchase a $32 response device instead of allowing them to purchase a $15 software license for their laptop or mobile device? (Prices reference MSRP for TurningPoint device and 1 yr license sold at UK.) On the surface, it doesn't seem to make sense, but here are three common reasons why instructors do this.

TurningPoint Student Information Guide


This document is for students. If you are an instructor, please see our Getting Started Tutorial.

After you've reviewed our general information about TurningPoint, here are some tips for preparing to use and using the audience response system.

Getting Started with TurningPoint


This document is for instructors. If you are a student, please see our Student Information Guide.

After you've reviewed our general information about TurningPoint, here are some tips for working with the audience response system.

About TurningPoint

What is it?

TurningPoint is an audience response system that allows audiences and students to participate in presentations or lectures by submitting responses to interactive questions using a ResponseCard clicker or other mobile or networked device.

TurningPoint integrates with Microsoft Powerpoint for slide show polling, Respondus for easy assessment creation, and Blackboard for recording and tracking student response data.

There are three components to TurningPoint:

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