Classroom response systems allow instructors to more easily interact with their students and provide an avenue for students to engage with the material, give immediate feedback and demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter. Instructors simply insert interactive questions directly into their lectures or as part of out-of-class homework assignments, while students respond using their own cell phones, tablets or computers. (Hardware clickers are also a response option if desired.)
- Decide how you want students to respond (mobile or clickers)
- Poll in real time or as part of a scheduled assignment or survey
- Review reports and/or upload results to your LMS
TurningPoint’s flexible technology makes all of those steps quick and easy to navigate. The real power of the technology, however, lies in its efficacy as a tool to enrich learning and the many ways that an instructor can use it to tailor their lessons to meet the needs of their students.
There are a wide variety of reasons for including classroom response in your lessons. Research has shown that, for example, with the addition of classroom response, 87% of students found class more engaging and 63% felt more motivated. Even more, students were able to retain 40% more information with the technology than without.
Another reason that many instructors use classroom response is to support research-proven active learning strategies. TurningPoint makes such pedagogies possible no matter the size of the classroom, and provides instructors and students alike with the flexibility to shape their learning environment into what they want it to be.
As any instructor knows, no two classes are the same. One of the biggest benefits of classroom response is that it allows instructors to quickly adapt or change course to better suit each group of students. Asking knowledge check questions before starting a topic or unit to uncover what students already know and what they do not allows the instructor to adjust their lessons accordingly. Similar questions interspersed throughout the lesson serve the same function.
Otherwise known as formative assessment, this method supports learning by checking if students are making progress toward objectives during the learning process, rather than just at the end. TurningPoint makes it possible to give daily quizzes, ask interactive questions during lessons and instantly see results. These types of regular assessment provide insight into student understanding and have been shown to improve long-term retention.
An increasingly popular pedagogy, flipped classroom reverses the traditional way of learning by delivering instructional content outside of the classroom and reviewing material in class. TurningPoint makes this possible in a few ways. Instructors can schedule interactive questions to guide students in their pre-class preparations and ensure they are prepared for class. Once in class, a quick assessment at the beginning provides another check and gives the instructor insight into how much the students understood and what still needs a more thorough, in-class explanation.
Peer instruction with TurningPoint engages students through a simple process. An instructor starts by asking a poll question. Students then discuss the question and their answers for several minutes in small groups. Finally, the instructor re-polls the question and displays the new results.
In almost every instance, the amount of correct answers will drastically increase following the peer discussions. TurningPoint classroom response system makes this technique possible because instructors can see the level of understanding in the class right away, while students can see a visual representation of their improvement. All of this helps to solidify their understanding.