Following a university-wide review of classroom response technology (a.k.a. “clickers”) in the Spring of 2012, VCU made the decision to adopt Turning Technologies as the centrally supported clicker solution beginning in the Fall 2012 semester. This web page is intended to provide faculty with information and resources to assist with the adoption of this new clicker technology.
VCU will be using the Response Card NXT from Turning Technologies, and a new “all-in-one” USB stick that functions as the receiver, runs the polling software, and stores the polling data collected in classroom sessions.
Important Note: Faculty members can obtain instructor kits (response card & receiver) at the helpIT Center located in the James Branch Cabell Library, Room B-30. No hardware or software will be installed on the classroom computers. Instructors will need to bring the USB stick to their classes to use Turning Technologies clickers. Previous users of eInstruction's CPS will need to remove this software from computers they will be using with the Turning Technologies hardware / software.
Teaching with Clickers
Classroom response technologies (often called “clickers”) consist of hardware and software that can facilitate a range of activities to enhance learning in the classroom. Several faculty members at VCU have successfully used clickers to increase student engagement, conduct formative and summative assessment, facilitate discussion and support teaching techniques like peer instruction.
There is a growing body of literature on clickers, which suggests that their effective use can result in enhanced student understanding and learning gains. Derek Bruff of Vanderbilt University, has assembled an excellent bibliography of this literature that includes general as well as discipline specific references.
Research on Clickers Bibliography
Below are a few getting “getting started” documents that might be helpful for new users:
Workshops, Consultation and Tutorials
CTE Workshops - The VCU Center for Teaching Excellence regularly conducts workshops that provide an introduction to the technology as well as the effective pedagogical practices using clickers. To learn more about upcoming dates and to register please visit the CTE workshop page.
CTE Consultation – Staff members at the VCU Center for Teaching Excellence are also available to consult with individual faculty members interested in exploring the use of clickers in their teaching. Please contact Britt Watwood (827.1896) or Bud Deihl (828.4383) for additional information.
Turning Technologies Tutorials - Informative web-based tutorials on using Turning Technologies software can be found here.
Turning Technologies Online Training – Multiple online instructor-led training sessions are held every week to help instructors learn the basic mechanics of Turning Tech software. The weekly schedule of sessions can be found here.
Support documentation and resources for faculty and students using clickers at VCU can be accessed via the Technology Services askIT knowledge base for clickers.
Phone: 866.746.3015 (Toll free, 7am – 9pm, M-F)