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Student Response Systems (SRS)

A Student Response System (SRS) is a wireless response system that allows faculty to request information and for students to respond by using a "clicker" or hand-held response pad to send his or her information to a receiver. When presented with a question, the student presses a button on a hand-held response pad or clicker, which sends either an infrared or radio signal to a receiver attached to a computer. The computer records and/or displays the response per the instructor's preference.

 

Announcements

Get Started Using Clickers?

Get Training or Attend a Workshop?

Frequently Asked Questions, FAQ's

Help Files and Guides

Current Faculty Users

Product Evaluation

Faculty Development Program

UW System Curricular Redesign Grant


Announcements

Summer 2011 - Recent ECAR Bulletin Studying the Impact of Clickers in the Classroom

http://www.educause.edu/Resources/ClickersintheClassroomTransfor/231423

Fall 2010 - Pilot of Web Clickers, Response Ware Web will continue on campus

http://www.turningtechnologies.com/audienceresponseproducts/responseoptions/responseware/

Fall 2010 - New clicker help files for the Fall 2010 semester can be found on pantherfile at: 

https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/groups/sa/ltc/public/TP10%20tutorials/

The clicker registration website at http://myclicker.uwm.edu is now open. Log into the website yourself and make sure your clicker course(s) are there. Your courses must be on the site for clickers to be registered and for you to be able to download the TPL TurningPoint Participanl List) files to use during class presentations. If you do not see your course upon logging in, please let me know ASAP, and re-send me the course name and number as well as the PAWS course ID number. Note that if you are not the instructor of record for the course in PAWS, you will need to make it so if you want to access your TPL files.

For courses on the website, students can start registering their clickers immediately, based on instructions that come with the clicker. You can hasten the process by send them an announcement. I posted the following on my D2L course site announcement page and also sent it to them by e-mail (modify this message to suit!):

Fall 2010 - To New Clicker Users:

To ensure that you have a smooth launch of your clicker presentations, contact LTC@uwm.edu to schedule a

Podium Session, where you will learn essential steps for starting up your TurningPoint presentation, including:

1. training students to use the clickers and managing their expectation of the technology.

2. downloading, importing and loading your class roster in your presentation (if you don't do these things, you will not collect class responses!).

3. saving a session (if you don't do this, you will lose all collected data!).

4. exporting your data from TurningPoint and importing it into a D2L grade book

You will also have a chance to get last-minute questions answered. To schedule a podium session, please send me 3-4 dates and times that you AND your classroom are available; I'll confirm one of the times by return e-mail. If you are using a laptop in class, just send me specific dates and times you can meet so that I can set up your laptop with a licensed receiver.

Fall 2010 - Using Clickers

Hello Fall clicker users,if you are planning to use clickers this fall and have not already responded to this request for information, please do so at your earliest convenience. To guarantee that your podium or laptop computer will be clicker-ready and that your students will be able to register their clickers by the end of August, we need to know the following about your clicker course(s)

Department
Course name
Course number
Section number
Course ID # (from PAWS)
Building and Room number
Expected enrollment
Whether you will present your lectures from a podium computer or a laptop/noteboook.

Also,
1. Place an order for clickers for your course(s) with the UWM bookstore.
2. If you plan to introduce clickers in your course(s) user, please sign up for one of the scheduled clicker workshops (on My Dev or at ltc.uwm.edu).
3. If you are a new clicker user, plan to attend a 'podium' session in the two weeks before class; look for an e-mail announcement regarding scheduling podium sessions in about a week.

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Faculty Development Program

UWM developed a faculty development program to introduce faculty to clickers and to get faculty thinking about design and integration issues surrounding clickers. For more information, review UWM SRS Faculty Development Program.

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Getting Started!

Please click here to download a quick guide to Getting Started!.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What are Student Response Systems (SRS)?
What are Some Functions (or Uses) of Student Response Systems (SRS)?
Is there a resource that I can use to learn more about using clickers in the classroom?
When can I download student response system software
Who will download the software and set-up the hardware in the classroom?
Where can I get training?

I am a MAC user. Is TurningPoint Mac Compatible?

What hardware is needed to run a student response system (SRS)?

Will my classroom PC have a receiver?

Where can students obtain a clicker?

Do I need to order clickers?

What if a student's clicker breaks?

Where can my student register their clicker?

Where can I obtain a list of my students' clicker information?

How does the student clicker registration at clickers.uwm.edu work?

Where can I get the student handout?

Why can't I extract data or see results by participant?

Why are my students seeing yellow or red lights on their clickers?

Why isn't my students reponses registering?

Who can my student who needs help registering or using their clicker contact?

My presentation refuses to start on slide 1. Why does it keeps starting

Why did my slide refuse to poll? The show bar didn't appear either.

Do I have to save my session file to the session fodler after giving a presentation?


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
General Information

What are Student Response Systems (SRS)?

A Student Response System (SRS) is a wireless response system that allows faculty to request information and for students to respond by using a “clicker” or hand-held response pad to send his or her information to a receiver. When presented with a question, the student presses a button on a hand-held response pad or clicker, which sends either an infrared or radio signal to a receiver attached to a computer. The computer records and/or displays the response per the instructor’s preference.

SRS have the potential to provide the means for introducing active student participation and engagement into lecture classes. Student response system technologies equip the student with a personal response unit, or “clicker”, for answering questions posed by the instructor in class. The potential for transforming traditionally passive large lecture classes into stimulating interactive classes is great. Student response systems can engage the attention of students, make them active participants in their learning, and provide them with immediate feedback on their understanding of material. They also provide faculty with information on students’ understanding of course concepts and the ability to adjust course activities based upon student responses. Class responses can also be used as a prompt for classroom discussion and other activities.

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Functions (or Uses) of Student Response Systems (SRS)?

1. SRS will increase student attendance and participation. Students have to attend class regularly. When they are in class, they have to pay attention. Further, instructors can use SRS to creatively ENGAGE students in their own learning. Engagement is a natural fallout of the ongoing feedback functions of SRS, and is reinforced by the use of SRS to foster collaborative learning (discuss-then-click exercises).

2. Instructors (and student) can gauge students' retention of the reading material based on student assessments administered via SRS at the start of class. The information obtained can identify weaknesses in the information retained and can be used to customize instruction by targeting lectures. For example:

2a. Instructors can use low-stakes quizzing composed of 10 items to make sure that students have done their reading before they come to class.

3. Instructors can assess students' complete knowledge of course content. Instructors would distribute hardcopy exams can be given, students can take them at their own pace, and the results can be automatically graded and exported to a D2L-usable format.

4. Instructors can develop guided lectures based on immediate assessments of students' knowledge in a specific area. Targeted lectures will strengthen student weaknesses based on the results of the assessment. Instructors can find out whether students understand key concepts during lecture and tailor the remainder of their lecture accordingly. For example:

4a. Instructors can offer feedback to students on a specific calculation or example that can then be worked through and mastered in detail.

5. Instructions can foster critical thinking skills by asking questions throughout lecture using SRS that requires a synthesis of the information received in order to provide a correct answer.

5a. For example, in a science class such questions can address the formulation and testing of hypotheses based on already presented observations. Instructors can design to elicit responses ranging from experimental methods (dealing with what CAN be done) to ethical questions (what SHOULD/SHOULDN'T be done). The latter are pathways not only to critical thinking skill development, but to overall scientific literacy.

6. Faculty can stimulate class discussion based on immediate student responses or feedback received from SRS data received. For example:

6a. Instructors can perform correlations on the spot -- e.g., gender and attitudes towards gay marriage -- that demonstrate provocative connections among ideas for further class discussion.

7. Instructors can gain immediate student feedback -- both quantitative and experiential -- as formative assessments of the course in order to make adjustments as needed.

8. SRS can provide students with instant feedback on the success or failure of their efforts allowing subsequent correction and study skills development. At the same time, it can provide faculty with feedback on student performance allowing for intervention.

9. SRS can be utilize to for data collection to conduct research or assess teaching. For example:

9a. SRS will allow the collection of student demographic data at the start of a semester and later correlation of this data with student response to course content and challenge questions.

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Is there a resource that I can use to learn more about using clickers in the classroom?

Clickers in the Classroom by Douglas Duncan is now available on reserve!!

This is a brief book (less than 70 pages) that is a good introduction to any instructor thinking about using clickers. The book is very helpful and uses some evidence from Duncan’s class as well as other classes at other universities. Some of the information we have found most useful surrounds grading, cheating, student impact, and preparation.

We have placed several copies of the book on 2-day reserve at the Library. The books are under “Learning Technology Center.”

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Software FAQ

When can I download student response system software

An executable with the software can be found on Pantherfile.

Contact us or Turning Technologies at 1-866-746-3015 for assistance.

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Who will download the software and set-up the hardware in the classroom?

If you are using a classroom PC, classroom support will load the software onto the PC's and install the USB receiver.

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Where can I get training?

You can receive training through the LTC. To review our schedule and sign up for a workshop visit: ltc.uwm.edu

Turning Technologies offers training on their site as well at http://turningtechnologies.com.

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I am a MAC user. Is TurningPoint Mac Compatible?

We recommend TurningPoint Anywhere for Mac users available at:

http://www.turningtechnologies.com/audienceresponseproducts/pollingsoftware/turningpointanywhere/

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Hardware/Receiver FAQ

What hardware is needed to run a student response system (SRS)?

A receiver is needed that connects to the USB port of your computer. It allows you to recieve signals from the students' response pads (clickers).

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Will my classroom PC have a receiver?

Contact classroom support to have your classroom outfitted with the USB receiver.

Response Card/Clicker FAQ

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Where can students obtain a clicker?

Student can obtain clickers from the bookstore.

Do I need to order clickers?

Let the UWM Bookstore know that you would like your students to purchase a clicker, just as you would for a required book. You can email the UWM Bookstore or fill out the online adoption form.

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What if a student's clicker breaks?

Clickers are under warranty for 1 year. If the clicker breaks due to physical damage, the student needs to purchase a new one. However, if the clicker is defective, it can be tested and possibly replaced by visiting BOL225.

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Where can my student register their clicker?

Student's can register their clickers at: myclicker.uwm.edu. Students will be required to log-in using their ePantherID and password. There courses will be populated based on their registration in PAWS and whether their course is using a clicker. Faculty can log-in on this site to download their students' information (Participant List or TPL file). Faculty will need to import the roster into Turning Point. Come to a workshop or stop by for more details.

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Where can I obtain a list of my students' clicker information?

Once students register their clickers, faculty will visit myclicker.uwm.edu to download their students' clicker information or tpp file. For instructions on this process, visit: Help Files on Pantherfile

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How does the student clicker registration at myclicker.uwm.edu work for students?

Clicker Registration Guide

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General Use FAQ

Where can I get the student handout?

You can download the student handout here.

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Why can't I extract data or see results by participant?

This usually occurs when your participant list is not loaded correctly. Make sure your participant list is imported and loaded. If there are problems, set your Participant List to AUTO.

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Why are my students seeing yellow or red lights on their clickers?

Please review the student handout for an explanation of lights. Yellow means receipt of the response could not be confirmed (polling closed, clicker not programmed, regsitration not accurate). Red means that the response was not received.

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Why isn't my students reponses registering?

Check your participant list (Edit Participant List) to make sure their clicker ID is accurate, verify they are programming their clicker accurately, and verify they are seeing green when they press their response.

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Who can my student who needs help registering or using their clicker contact?

Please have them contact the Help Desk at help@uwm.edu, 414.229.4040, or in BOL225.

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My presentation refuses to start on slide 1. Why does it keeps starting the slide show in the middle of my presentation?

This is a PPT issue, and not a TP issue: the presentation is set up previously as a slide show of some sort, which was set to start the show at a given slide *other* than the 1st. If you just go into Slide Show and then Set Up Show, you can change it back to the default "All" which starts the show at the first slide.

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Why did my slide refuse to poll? The show bar didn't appear either.

Your slide became inactive. This can happen when you copy a slide from another presentation or insert foreign objects on a slide. Click on Insert Obect --> Charts --> Vertical to make the slide interactive once again.

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Do I have to save my session file to the session folder after giving a presentation?

No, you can save your session file directly to your flash drive. You will need to load your session data on the desktop in which you are extracting data or generating reports.

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Help Files and Guides for Turning Point 2008
  1. Manage PowerPoints
  2. Clicker Registration
  3. First Tasks
  4. Manage TPLs
  5. Edit TPLs
  6. Manage Session Files
  7. Create TP Slide
  8. Convert to TP
  9. Parsing from Word
  10. Link Demographics to TPL
  11. Assigning Points
  12. Generating TP Reports
  13. Edit TP Reports for D2L Import
  14. Import CSV to D2L
  15. Data Slicing
  16. Comp Links
  17. Clickers Don't Work
  18. TPZ Report Has No Names
  19. Edit a Session
  20. Changing Some Settings

Other Resources:

Turning Point Video Resources

Student Handout

Guide on How to Obtain Student Registration Information or Participant Lists (TPL Files) at

Helpful PowerPoint for Students on Obtaining, Registering, and Programming their clickers at

Clicker Light Indicator PowerPoint

Turning Points Tips to Using

Assigning Points, Exporting Grades, and Importing to D2L
Export Scheme for Importing to D2L


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Users of Turning Point SRS for Fall 2010
Contact LTC@uwm.edu for more information.


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Curricular Redesign Grant

The UW SRS Project involved faculty and staff from four UW institutions and was designed to learn how instructors can use student response systems to actively engage students and facilitate student learning. Instructors from four UW campuses were supported as they redesigned their courses and integrated SRS-based learning activities.

The impact of these SRS activities on teaching and learning are being assessed and "best practices" are being developed. The project will result in a faculty development program to introduce instructors to student response systems and how to use them effectively. One of the outcomes of the project will be a Student Response System Web site for faculty which is currently in development and should go live by the Summar 06 for LTC staff and faculty developers, which will include the best practices, resources on student response systems, and the faculty development program for integrating SRS into courses.

For more information view our UW System Clicker Site.

May 2, 2005: Learning Technology Center receives a Curricular Redesign Grant

University of Wisconsin System, Office of Learning and Information Technology, awarded the LTC and its partners (CIPD, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Whitewater) a Curricular Redesign Grant to support your proposal entitled Student Response Systems - Exploring Potential and Assessing Impact. The UW SRS Project involves faculty and staff from four UW institutions and is designed to learn how instructors can use student response systems to actively engage students and facilitate student learning. Sixteen instructors from four UW campuses will be supported as they redesign their courses and integrate SRS-based learning activities.

June 17, 2005: LTC Announces Awardees for Summer Student Response System Curricular Redesign Grant

We received numerous proposals for our summer redesign project. Proposals from the following faculty and teaching academic staff have been accepted as part of the SRS Curricular Redesign Grant.

Janet Bitzan, Nursing, Nursing Science II
Barry Cameron, Geosciences, Earth, Air, Fire, & Water
Raoul Deal, Visual Art, Cultures and Communities
Joanne Lazirko, School of Business, Introduction to Info Systems
Sally O'Connor, Sociology, Social Psychology
David Osman, Psychology, History of Psychology
Anderw J Petto, Biological Sciences, Anatomy and Physiology
Erika Sanders, Human Movement Sciences, Introduction to Motor Development
Susan Stalewski, Health Sciences (Clinical Lab Sciences), Intro to Diagnostic Medicine
Kyle Swanson, Mathematical Sciences, Survey of Meteorology
Sally O'Connor, Sociology, Social Psychology

Congratulations to all!

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Student Response System (SRS) Evaluations

We have completed a comparative evaluation of the three vendors that visited the UWM campus in May. Please feel free to review our SRS Evaluations.

Demonstrations include:

#1) InterWrite PRS http://www.gtcocalcomp.com/interwriteprs.htm

#2) Turning Technologies http://www.turningtechnologies.com

#3) E-Instruction http://www.einstruction.com/

Based on the LTC's evaluation of the three vendors, we have chosen to support Turning Technologies Turning Point 2006 Student Reponse System to support.

June 30, 2005: LTC Completed Evaluation of Student Response System Product Evaluation

For the past couple of months the UWM Learning Technology Center has been reviewing student response systems (SRS), or “clickers.” We’ve hosted live demos here on campus, sought feedback from faculty, and performed independent research. We’ve focused on three systems: PRS, eInstruction, and TurningPoint. We have attached our evaluation of these three systems to this email.

Overall, we believe that TurningPoint by Turning Technologies is the most robust software, is easiest to use for faculty and students, and provides the greatest range of pedagogical uses. TurningPoint is fully integrated with PowerPoint, which means that the numerous faculty on this campus who use PowerPoint will need to take much less time learning how to use the student response system. As well, data gathered during TurningPoint sessions can readily be imported to Desire2Learn.

Note: Please contact ltc@uwm.edu if you plan on using TurningPoint this coming year.

We are offering free workshops beginning August 1st to train faculty on the technical uses of the software as well as to provide examples and suggestions of how best to use the technology for effective teaching and learning. To view the workshop schedule and register, please go to http://LTC.uwm.edu and click on Workshops

Finally, because of the popularity of TurningPoint, it is important that those faculty who are interested in using TurningPoint in the fall place their orders for clickers as soon as possible -- within the next week is none too soon! -- to guarantee the clickers are available for the start of the fall semester. Orders for TurningPoint clickers should be e-mailed to books@aux.uwm.edu or placed online at http://www.aux.uwm.edu/bookstore/cba_form.html.

If you have any questions, please contact us LTC@uwm.edu.

Visit: Student Response Systems (SRS) Evaluations for more information.

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