Clickers are an interactive tool that can be useful for
increasing student participation and rapidly assessing student
understanding in class.
UB has selected the TurningPoint clicker from Turning
Technologies as the campus supported standard. Like any other
technology, clickers have a learning curve and will require
additional planning before, during and after class.
The UBclicks support team provides many resources to make the
adoption of clicker technology easier. This UBclicks web site has
been developed to show which classrooms have the TurningPoint
infrastructure installed as well as how to use it. If you are
teaching in a room that does not have the technology, please contact
the UBclicks Support Team and efforts will be made to
Review the collection
of resources to ensure that clickers will help you in meeting
your instructional objectives.
Students can purchase clickers from the UB Bookstore at the same
time they purchase their textbooks. Please notify the bookstore
when you place your textbook order that you are planning on using
clickers. All orders for clickers should be placed well in advance
before the semester begins.
UB Bookstore contact:
716-645-3131 ext. 16
Instructors are invited to make use of the resources of the Teaching & Learning Center
to learn how to use clickers. Workshops are offered at the
beginning of each semester, and you are welcome to make an
appointment for one-on-one help should the need arise.
technology is available in select Technology Classrooms (TCs).
You should be familiar with using the equipment in a TC before
conducting your class.
Think about what you are trying to achieve with the interaction,
and make sure your course materials support that. PowerPoint slides
can easily be made interactive using the TurningPoint software.
Presentations can be made without PowerPoint, and polling of
students can still occur using TurningPoint Anywhere. Reports can
be utilized to summarize and analyze the results gathered in
All of the groundwork is complete. You are ready to deliver your
lecture. Prepare to adjust the pacing of the lecture to accommodate
the process of students responding with clickers. Comfort and
mastery of this tool will increase with each use. Our technology
classrooms are rigorously maintained, however, in the unlikely
instance of a clicker system failure, adjustments should be made
for a work around.
In preparing for class the Integrations option under the Tools
tab in TurningPoint allows you to download the class participant
list. After class is complete, the same Integrations tool can be
used to upload student’s responses or grades back into to the