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Clickers, more formally known as personal response cards, are wireless handheld keypads that enable participants in an audience to answer multiple choice questions posed by a presenter using specially designed software to provide real-time results on a projected screen.TP-lcd2

The devices have proven a valuable classroom tool making lectures more interactive by providing students a more participatory role in the class, and helping instructors gauge student understanding based on the clicker feedback.  Some instructors use clickers for peer instruction which has demonstrated improved results in student learning.

Clicker responses (typically multiple choice or true/false) are recorded to the instructor's computer via a USB receiver, and can be saved for later review or to generate a variety of reports. 

For more information or to request the use of clickers in your lecture, send an email to
itgyale.edu. Happy clicking!

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Presenter Card will not Advance Keynote Slides

As of this writing, a Turning Technologies Presenter Card will not advance slides in Keynote version 6.1 or higher.  This is a known issue according to Turning Technologies who is looking into the matter.  

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Importing a Participant List using the Integration Tool

 

  1. Launch the TP 5 software client and click the Manage tab.

  2. From the Participant List drop down menu select New.
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  3. When prompted, select Download from Integration and click the Create List button.
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  4. When prompted, fill in the fields accordingly and click the Connect button.

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    Integration: Sakai
    Server address: https://classesv2.yale.edu, 
    Username: Yale Net ID and Yale 
    Password: Yale Password
    Select and Institution: leave the field blank

    NOTE: By checking the Remember this information box, an instructor will only have to enter a password the next time the integration tool is used to access the Classes*v2 server.

  5. Check the course site box to download the corresponding participant list and click the Import button.
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  6. A verification message will appear once the participant list has been downloaded.
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Configure Results Manager Settings

Once a participant list has been imported into TP, instructors will need to configure the response settings as to how polling responses should be captured in the Classes*v2 course gradebook, e.g., adding a point value to the attendance setting.  to configure response settings, do the following.

NOTE: If response settings are not configured, no data will be captured in the gradebook.

  1. Launch the TP 5 software client and click the Manage tab.

  2. From the left-hand column, select the participant list containing the class roster and click the Results Manager button in the lower right-hand corner.
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    NOTE: participant list should be updated periodically due to fluctuating class roster, especially during the beginning of each semester.

  3. From the Results Manager page, select options under Overview in the right-hand column.  Settings include Performance Points (for correct answers), Attendance Points, and Benchmarks.

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  4. Click the Close button in the lower right-hand corner when finished.

Going forward, any captured student response will have the response values added to session files as long as the participant list is selected during a polling sessions.

 

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Uploading a Session File to Classes*v2

After a TP session files is saved after polling session, the instructor can upload the session file to a Classes*v2 course site with the integration tool.  Steps to upload a session file:

 

  1. In TP select the Manage tab and the corresponding participant list from the left-hand column and click the Results Manager button in the lower right-hand corner.

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  2. On the Results window, click the Integrations icon at the top.

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  3. When prompted, fill in the fields accordingly and click the Connect button.

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    Integration: Sakai
    Server address: https://classesv2.yale.edu, 
    Username: Yale Net ID and Yale 
    Password: Yale Password
    Select and Institution: leave the field blank

    NOTE: By checking the Remember this information box, an instructor will only have to enter a password the next time the integration tool is used to access the Classes*v2 server.

  4. Select the Export Session(s) option and chose the session files to be uploaded to the Classes*v2 course gradebook.
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    NOTE: Selecting the Active Participants Only option means only students with a registered clicker ID will have response data uploaded to the gradebook.

  5. Click the Export button on the next screen to complete the session file upload.
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  6. A successful session file upload will render a new line item in the course site gradebook titled with the session file.
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    NOTE: Session files can be renamed before uploading to the gradebook for to align with a more appropriate naming scheme.

     

  7. Selecting the session file, gradebook item will show the class roster with an attributed point column.  Clicking a log icon under the Log column will display grading option details.
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Updating a Participant List using the Integration Tool

  1. Launch the TP 5 software client and click the Manage tab.
  2. Select an existing participant list to be updated from the left-hand column and click the Results Manager button in the lower right-hand corner.

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  3. On the Results Manager window click the Integrations icon at the top.

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  4. Select the Update Participant List  option and click the Update List button.

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  5. When prompted, fill in the fields accordingly and click the Connect button. 

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    Integration: Sakai
    Server address: https://classesv2.yale.edu, 
    Username: Yale Net ID and Yale 
    Password: Yale Password
    Select and Institution: leave the field blank

    NOTE: By checking the Remember this information box, an instructor will only have to enter a password the next time the integration tool is used to access the Classes*v2 server.

  6. Any new, removed or modified students will show in the Participant List on the Results Manager window and the Manage panel.

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ResponseWare Webinar

Turning Technologies' training manager, Kevin Herrholtz, recently presented a 45 minute webinar on using TurningPoint ResponseWare.  Please find the recording  here.

A few viewing notes:

  • The webinar demonstrates using TurningPoint ResponseWare on the Windows platform, however, ResponseWare can be used on the Mac platform as well.
  • An additional java plugin may need to be installed in order to view the Webex webinar.
  • The interactive Webex player allows for pausing, advancing and includes an index for basic navigation.

For more information on ResponseWare, please see the following pages:

Yale ResponseWare FAQs

Turning Technologies ResponseWare FAQs

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Importing a Participant List into TurningPoint 5

The new version of TuringPoint 5 allows users to import and manage participant lists into the application management console by following these steps:

  1. Download a participant list from the Classes*v2 clicker registration tool.
  2. Launch TurningPoint 5 and select the Manage tab.
  3. Select Import from the Participant List menu.

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  4. From the Import Participant List window, select the TurningPoint Participant List option and click the Choose File... button.
  5. Select the file and click the Open button.

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  6. The participant list will appear in the left-hand column.

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  7. Click the Edit Participants button to modify the list or the Results Manager button to view student responses after a polling session.

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Popping the Big Question(s)

In case you are wondering when the best time to ask a polling question might be during a lecture, this post (The 3 Best Times to Ask Your Students Questions) offers some suggestions that may help you get started on the right track.

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Clickers Making a Difference in the Classrooms Thanks to One of Yale's Own

WNPR ran a week-long series called "Where We Live: Improving STEM Education"  One piece entitled "Improving STEM Education in College - Many College Students Leave the Sciences. Why?" describes ways educators are trying to keep college students motivated in the sciences and highlights using clickers as a way to engage the students.  Yale MCDB professor and clicker proponent, Jo Handelsman, is interviewed.  Here is an except from the transcript (click the link above to listen to the segment):

Science is a popular subject at the University of Connecticut. But many students
describe their experience in a similar way as Gomez – slog through the boring introductory lecture courses and eventually you’ll be rewarded with more fun activities like involved experiments. Yale professor Jo Handelsman thinks it shouldn’t be that way, and that teaching methods are largely to blame.

“We’re really misrepresenting science in our introductory courses and turning people off to it because they think it’s something that it’s not," said Handelsman. "A lot of rote memorization, a lot of information and content, and not conceptual thinking, and not a lot of scientific thinking."

Handelsman recently founded the Yale Center for Scientific Teaching. The center trains graduate students on better methods for teaching science, and it also hosts a summer institute for professor and lecturers every year. Xinnian Chen, an assistant professor-in-residence at UConn, attended the institute recently and has since completely changed the way she approaches teaching.

“I noticed that to be a good teacher you will have to think about the way students learn," said Chen.

But that wasn’t Chen’s focus before she attended the summer institute. She was only concerned that her lectures were easy to understand and students thought the exams were fair. Now, she’s focusing on whether her lectures actually motivate students to care about the subject. In order to engage them during lecture, she gave students clickers they can all use to answer a question she might pose during lecture. In an eight a.m. class with 300 students it’s made a world of difference.

“They told me in my evaluation that those activators keep them awake, they really like them,” said Chen.

Chen also asks students to answer questions on their own in small groups – another technique she learned from the Yale Center for Scientific Teaching. Stacey MacGrath is a Ph.D. student at Yale who participates in the center.

“There’s data out there showing that if you poll a group of students, even if the entire class gets the answer wrong, if you let them discuss amongst themselves, they’ll eventually get the answer right even without any kind of outside input," said Chen.

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