Instructors: Poll via Web

TurningPoint Web Polling

Create content, conduct polls and manage results entirely online with TurningPoint web while supporting interactive learning both inside and outside the classroom. Automatically save and manage results online. Poll on the web, through a PowerPoint integration, and schedule surveys and assessments.

If you are wanting to use the TurningPoint Web Polling to conduct your polling please follow the instructions in the different sections below.

1. Getting Started

Learn how to get started with using the clicker technology.

If you are new to Turning Technologies Clickers and want to incorporate this technology into your course(s) the best thing to do first is to schedule a meeting with the staff at OIA to get an introduction to the technology. Contact Josh Butcher at jbutcher@email.arizona.edu to schedule this meeting.

Here is a syllabus template Word document discussing clicker usage in UA Courses. You can download and edit it as you need. 

Syllabus Template for Clicker Usage in UA Courses

User Manuals for TurningPoint

Use these online user manuals as reference material to learn all of the in-depth options and tools within the TurningPoint web interface.

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2. Connect: Connecting Your D2L Course

Learn how to connect your D2L course for use with TurningPoint Web Polling.

  1. Access your TurningPoint Web account by going to D2L at https://d2l.arizona.edu and click on one of your D2L courses.  
  2. In the navbar click on UA Tools and choose Clickers
  3. You will be taken to your Instructor TurningPoint courses page.     
  4.  You will see two tabs, the first tab will say "Active Courses" and next to that tab it will say "BrightSpace". (IGNORE the green button that says "Create Course"). Click on the BrightSpace tab.
     BrightSpace Tab
     
  5. If this is your first time accessing this tab, you should see a message that says "Click below to authenticate your BrightSpace to display your available courses". Click the BrightSpace Authentication button. It may then ask you to sign in to BrightSpace (D2L) if you aren't already.
              

    Note: You will only see this BrightSpace Authentication button the first time you access this BrightSpace tab. 

         BrightSpace Authentication Button
  6. Once signed in it will begin syncing your available courses from D2L.     
     Syncing Available Courses
  7. It will find and list all courses that you are listed as Instructor in. Find the course you want to add and click the Add button. If you have a long list of courses you can use the Search for Course box to type in the name of the course to search for it. 
     Add Course
     
  8. After clicking Add, that course then moves over into the Active Courses tab.
     Course Synced
  9. Once a course is connected, click the Select button for the course in which you want to use web polling.

 

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3. View: Viewing Your Course Roster

Learn how to view your course roster within the TurningPoint Web interface.

  1. Once you are inside your course (see steps in previous section for connecting and accessing your course) click on the Roster button.
     TP Web Roster Button
  2. From the roster page you will see a list of your students enrolled in your D2L course and then 3 columns next to their names. These columns will inform you if the student has an active subscription, if they have entered in their clicker ID, and whether or not they have their Brightspace (D2L) account linked to their TurningPoint account. 
     TP Web Course Roster
     
  3. Also on the roster page you'll see two tabs labeled Enrolled and Pending. The only difference between these two tabs is that those students that appear in the Pending tab are students that have not have not done anything in regards to their clicker registration. They'll have red circle "x's" in all three categories. 
     Enrolled/Pending Tabs
     
  4. You can click the Email Participants button if you have participants in your roster with a red circle "x" next to Subscription, Clicker ID, and/or Account Linked and it will send them reminder emails to get those items addressed. The emails will be sent to only those that do not have a green checkmark in the category. 
     TP Web Course Roster Email Button
     
  5. You can click the Update Course button if there have been changes to your D2L course roster. By default your course roster will update in TurningPoint every night at midnight. But, if you want to update your course during the middle of the day you can use this button to manually update your roster at anytime.  
     TP Web Course Roster Update Course Button

     

 

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4. Create: Creating Content

Learn how to create content for use with TurningPoint Web Polling.

Within the Content area of your synced course(s) you'll be able to create, organize, start, schedule, and manage all of your content. All content you create will be available to you every course's content tab. This allows you to choose any piece of content to poll in any course that you have connected/synced. You'll have the ability to create folders where you can neatly organize your content if you desire. 

  1. Click on the Select button for the course in which you want to do web polling.
     Course Synced
  2. Select Content from the top navigation.
     Content Button
     
  3. To begin creating your content click the Create Content button. 
     Create Content Button
     
  4. Give your content file a name and click Create
     Content Name
     
  5. Click the arrow on the Create button and choose which type of question or content you want to create. You have the option to choose questions like Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Numeric Response, Hotspot, or a page to enter just regular informational Text that is not interactive. 
     Question Options
    1. Multiple Choice - A multiple choice question includes question input field and fields for two answers. Click Add or Shift on your keyboard for additional answer choices. You can have up to 10 answer choices. With this question you have the following options:
      1. Anonymous Responses: Toggle on to ask an anonymous polling question.
      2. Points: Enter a value for scoring.
      3. Allow for multiple responses: Toggle between requiring a single value or a range of numbers as a response. 
      4. Allow for participant comment in scheduled sessions: Toggle on to allow in a scheduled polling session the participant the ability to type a comment to expand on their answer choice. 
    2. Short Answer - A short answer question includes a question input field and an input field for answer choice. Answer choices for short answer must be separated by a comma, semicolon, colon, or hard return. With this question you have the following options:
      1. Anonymous: Toggle on to ask an anonymous polling question.
      2. Points: Enter a point value for scoring.
      3. Enforce Capitalization: Require answers include correct capitalization.
    3. Numeric Response - A numeric response question includes a question input field and an input field for the numeric response. With this question you have the following options: 
      1. Anonymous: Toggle on to ask an anonymous polling question
      2. Points: Enter a point value for scoring
      3. Answer Type: Allow participants to change answer until polling is closed
    4. Hotspot - A hotspot question type includes a question input field and a place to input an image. Choose your image and add the hotspot. With this question you have the following options:
      1. Anonymous: Toggle on to ask an anonymous polling question
      2. Points: Enter a point value for scoring
         
  6. After creating your content you can organize it into folders if you desire. The following instructions will walk you through creating a folder. 
    1. At the main Content page click on the Create Folder button. 
       Create Folder Button
       
    2. Give the folder a name and click Create
       Folder Name

       

    3. You will then see your folder appear in the content area along with any content files you have created. 
       TP Web Content Area

       

    4. If you want to move your existing content, you can drag and drop the content file into the folder OR click on the 3 vertical dots in the upper right of your content. Choose Move, and then choose the folder you want to move it into. 

      Move Content                 Move Content Select Folder Window
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5. Run: Run a Live Web Polling Session

Learn how to run your live polling session with TurningPoint Web Polling.

To run a live polling session a content list must be created. See the above Section 4 on how to create your content. 

  1. Locate the desired course and click Select. The course opens on the Content page. 
  2. From the content page locate the content list you want to use and select Manage.Content Manage Button 
  3. Click Start button at the top of the screen. Content Start Button

     

  4. Click Start Session button. Start Session Button

     

  5. A random session ID will be applied to your session unless you have reserved a session ID and selected it to be the Default ID. This session ID is what your participants will need to enter in to the TurningPoint app on their mobile devices or on their computers at ttpoll.com to be able to respond to your poll questions. Session ID

     

  6. Click the Play button to take open your poll question so your participants can respond. Play Button

     

  7. Click the Stop button to close the poll question.Stop Button 
  8. Click the Show Results button to show the results of your poll in real time. You can click this button while your poll is open if you want to display the graph while the poll is open. Show Results Button

     

  9. Clicking Hide Results button will hide the graph of results in real time. Hide Results Button

     

  10. Click the Forward/Next button to go to the next question that you want to poll.Next Button

     

  11. Repeat steps 6-10 until your session is complete. You will receive a notification that you have reached the end of your content. Click EndEnd of Session message

     

  

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6. Schedule: Schedule a Poll

Learn how to schedule a poll to occur outside of a live class session.

Scheduled Polling  

Scheduled polling allows you to create a question list in TurningPoint web and schedule the survey or assessment for a later time.

  1. Locate the desired course and click Select. The course opens on the Content page. 
  2. From the content page locate the content list you want to use and select Manage.Content Manage Button 
  3. Click the Schedule button at the top of the screen. Schedule Button

     

  4. Enter Session Name.
  5. Select Start Date/Time.
  6. Select Require Participant Sign In if desired.
  7. Choose settings for First Name, Last Name, and Email. Options are Hidden, Optional, or Required.
  8. Click Create. Content is scheduled.
     Schedule Session
     
  9. Click Share to copy link for participants. Communicate this link to participants. 
     Share Button
     
  10. You can then copy the share link and post in D2L content or email to your students. 
     Share Join Link

 

 

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7. Access: Accessing Results 

Learn how to access the results of the polls you deliver via TurningPoint Web Polling.

  1. Access your TurningPoint Web account by going to D2L at https://d2l.arizona.edu and click on one of your D2L courses.  
  2. In the navbar click on UA Tools and choose Clickers
  3. You will be taken to your Instructor TurningPoint courses page.
  4. Click the Select button on your desired course.     
  5. The course opens on the Content page. 
  6. Click Results on the top navigation. The Results page will open and show your gradebook.
     Results Screen
     
  7. You can edit the session name as well as the session scores for individual participants. 
  8. To edit the session name hover over the session title and click on the Pencil Icon. A Session Details box will appear where you can change the name of the session. Click Save. Optionally, you can delete the session by clicking Delete.  
     Session Details Box
     
  9. To edit the score for an individual participant click on the individual's score within the session column. An Edit Score box will appear where you can edit the score. Click Save
     Edit Score Box
  10. To upload a session to your D2L gradebook, click the Export link and choose Brightspace
     Web Results Export
     
  11. Select the session(s) you want to upload and click Upload.
     Export Select Session
  12. You will receive a message that it succeeded or failed. 
     Session Uploaded Successfully Message

 

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8. Attendance: Take Attendance

Learn how to take attendance within the TurningPoint Web interface.

The web attendance feature allows you to take, view, and edit attendance for your course and then export it to Excel or to your D2L gradebook. All of this is conducted within your TurningPoint web instructor account in a web browser. Here is what is required from your students to participate in a web attendance session. 

  1. Students must have a TurningPoint account with an active subscription license. 
  2. Students must have the TurningPoint app downloaded on their phone and sign in at least once or be logged into their TurningPoint account in a web browser on their tablet or laptop.
  3. Their mobile device, tablet, or laptop must have location services enabled if you plan to use location-based attendance.  

Note: Students CAN NOT use their physical clicker device to participate in a web attendance session. 

Taking Attendance (non location-based)

  1. Access your TurningPoint Web account by going to D2L at https://d2l.arizona.edu and click on one of your D2L courses.  
  2. In the navbar click on UA Tools and choose Clickers
  3. You will be taken to your Instructor TurningPoint courses page.
  4. Click Select button on your desired course. The course opens on the Content page. 
  5. Select Attendance from the top navigation. The Attendance page opens.
  6. Click Open Attendance to open attendance.
     Open attendance button
     
  7. When attendance is open your students will receive a notification on their mobile device or laptop indicating that attendance is open for the class. When students click on that notification it will mark them Present in class. 
     Student Attendance Mobile Notification Messages
     
  8. Click Close Attendance to close attendance. 
     Close Attendance Button

Taking Location-Based Attendance

  1. Within the Attendance page, click on Attendance Settings. The Attendance Settings page opens. 
     Attendance Settings Link
  2. Toggle the Location-Based Attendance setting on to enable location-based attendance. This feature allows you to select a check-in location and radius for your course.  
     

    Reminder: Participants must enable location services on their mobile device, tablet or laptop to use this feature.

     Web Attendance Settings
     
  3. Select your radius from the drop-down menu. We suggest starting with a larger radius for accuracy. Your options are 50 ft, 100 ft, 150 ft, and 200 ft.
  4. Enter your course location by typing an address in the Enter a location field or by clicking on the map to establish your current location.
  5. Once you have established your settings, click the Back to Attendance link at the top left. 
  6. To take attendance click the Open Attendance button. 
     Open Attendance Button
  7. When attendance is open your students will receive a notification on their mobile device or laptop indicating that attendance is open for the class. When students click on that notification it will mark them Present in class IF they are within the radius you selected. They will receive a message that the check-in was successful. 
     Student Attendance Notification Success Message
     
  8. If the student is not within the radius it will notify them that they are not within acceptable range of the course for attendance and they can retry to check-in once they are in range or they can cancel and they'll be marked Absent
     Student Attendance Failed Message
     
  9. When you as the instructor are ready to close the attendance session, click Close Attendance.
     Close Attendance Button
     

View and Edit Attendance Results

After the attendance session has been closed you can view and edit the attendance results. Clicking on the header of any column in the attendance grid will sort the grid by that column. Also, you can use the search bar to look up a specific participant. 

You can easily edit an individual participant's data after attendance is closed if needed. 

  1. From the Attendance tab, locate the participant you want to edit attendance data for. Click on the Attendance Checkmark or Attendance X in the attendance session you want to edit.
     Web Students Attendance
  2. The Attendance Status window opens.
  3. Select to change the status to Present or Absent. Select Save when finished.
     Adjust Students Attendance
  4. If you need to edit or delete an attendance column, mouse over the dated session data column header and select Pencil Icon
     Edit Attendance ColumnThe Attendance Details window opens. 
     
  5. Rename the session in the entry field next to Attendance Name if desired. Select Save
  6. Optionally, select Delete to delete the attendance session.
     Attendance Details

Export Attendance Results to D2L or Excel

  1. From the Attendance page, click Export and choose either Brightspace or Excel Export
  2. Choosing Brightspace will upload the total attendance column (labeled Attended) to the course D2L gradebook. As you conduct more attendance sessions you can re-upload multiple times and it will update the existing column in the D2L gradebook. 
  3. Choosing Excel Export will download an excel file to your computer. 
     Web Attendance to D2L

     

 

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9. Settings: Adjust Course Settings

Learn how to adjust course settings within the TurningPoint Web interface.

There are a few settings that you can enable in relation to your TurningPoint web course. The first is Participant View Grades and the second is Participant Review Sessions.  

To enable/disable each setting do the following: 

  1. Access your TurningPoint Web account by going to D2L at https://d2l.arizona.edu and click on one of your D2L courses.  
  2. In the navbar click on UA Tools and choose Clickers
  3. You will be taken to your Instructor TurningPoint courses page.
  4. Click Select button on your desired course. The course opens on the Content page. 
  5. Select Settings from the top navigation. The Settings page opens.
  6. Toggle on/off each of the desired settings on this page. 
    1. Participant View Grades will allow participants to view a list of the completed sessions along with earned points within this course. 
    2. Participant Review Sessions will allow participants to review a completed session to help them better understand the content and refine their knowledge in the subject matter. 
Web Course Settings

 

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TurningPoint Web for PowerPoint (Light Add-in)

The TurningPoint Web for PowerPoint light add-in lets you collect results online while enjoying Turning Technologies industry-leading native PowerPoint integration. A streamlined user interface makes it even easier to create content and poll participants. Note: You won't have all the polling options within PowerPoint that you do when you use the TurningPoint desktop application. This is why they call it a "light" add-in as it doesn't have as many features. Benefit with this is that you don't have to open and go through the desktop application to run polls. Your content and sessions are all saved in your TurningPoint web account so there aren't files to keep track of on USB flash drives.  

1. Install: Installing PowerPoint Light Add-in

Learn how to install the PowerPoint Light Add-in to use for online polling.

  1. To download and install the TurningPoint for web PowerPoint add-in go to https://www.turningtechnologies.com/downloads/turningpoint-web/.     
  2. Click on either the PC or Mac download depending on the type of computer you have. 
  3. Fill in the form fields that TurningTechnologies desires and click Submit
  4. Click the Download button. It will download a .zip file to your downloads folder. 
     Zip Download File
     
  5. Double-click to open up the .zip file it downloaded. It should show you a folder labeled "TurningPoint web for PowerPoint". Click Extract All to extract all contents of this folder. 
     Extract All
      
  6. Click Extract
     Extract Files
     
  7. Once all the files are extracted double-click the TurningPoint web for PowerPoint folder to reveal the files inside. 
     TurningPoint for web folder
     
  8. Create a desktop shortcut for the TurningPoint Web application. Right-click on the "TurningPoint web for PowerPoint file". Click Send to and then choose Desktop (create shortcut). This will place a shortcut to this application on your desktop. 
     TurningPoint Web Desktop Shortcut
     
  9. Double-click to open the TurningPoint web for PowerPoint application file on your desktop. 
     TP for Web application file
     
  10. This will open up PowerPoint with the TurningPoint for web add-in installed. 
     TP for web add-in

     
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2. Create: Creating Content

Learn how to create content for use with the PowerPoint Polling (Light Add-in).

  1.  Launch the TurningPoint web app from your desktop. 
     TurningPoint Web Button  
  2. Create a new or open an existing PowerPoint presentation
  3. Select the location in your presentation to add a question slide.
  4. Click New in the TurningPoint web ribbon. 
     TP Web New Button
  5. Select Question Type. You can choose from Multiple Choice, Short Answer, WordCloud, Numeric Response, or Hotspot
     TP Web Question Type
  6. Enter question text in field provided on the slide. 
  7. Enter answer text in field(s) provided on the slide.
     TP Web Question Edit
     
  8. Select options from the Question Options panel on the right. 
     TP Web Question Options
  9. Repeat steps 3-8 for other question slides you want to add. 
  10. Save and close your presentation.  
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3. Run: Running Your Session

Learn how to run your polling session with the PowerPoint Light Add-in.

  1. Launch TurningPoint web from your desktop.
  2. Open your existing PowerPoint presentation.
  3. Click Sign In from the TurningPoint web ribbon to sign into your account.
     TP Web Sign In
  4. Choose your correct region
     TP Web Select Region
  5. Enter your UA email address and click Sign-In
     TP Web Sign in Email Address
  6. Enter in your UA NetID and password. 
     NetID Sign In
  7. Click Connect from the TurningPoint web ribbon.
     TP Web Connect Button
  8. Select a Session ID and Course from the drop-down menus and click Start.
     Select Course
  9. Communicate Session ID to participants. Users using their mobile device, tablet, or laptop can use this session ID with the mobile app to respond to question polls. Click Close. Note: This will not end your session.
     Session ID
  10. To enable clicker devices (QT2, QT, NXT) to also be used for responding click on Receivers in the TurningPoint web ribbon.
     Receiver 
  11. Check the box to Enable clicker support
     Enable Clicker SupportClicker Support Enabled
     
  12. Start your slideshow.
  13. At the end of the slideshow, click Save
     Save Button
  14. Rename session if desired.
  15. Select Finish.
     Rename and Save Session

     

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4. Access: Accessing Results

Learn how to access the results of the polls you deliver via the PowerPoint Light Add-in.

  1. Access your TurningPoint Web account by going to D2L at https://d2l.arizona.edu and click on one of your D2L courses.  
  2. In the navbar click on UA Tools and choose Clickers
  3. You will be taken to your Instructor TurningPoint courses page.
  4. Click the View link on your desired course.     
  5. The course opens on the Roster page. 
  6. Click Results on the top navigation. The results page opens and loads the first session by default.
     Results Button
  7. Select a session from the left panel to view results.
     Select Session
     
  8. Click on Reports to view reports about the session.
     Reports Button
    You can view either the report By Question or By Participant by choosing the report type from the Report Type drop-down list.  Click Back to Results to get back to the results screen.
     Reports Screen
  9. Click Upload Grades to upload the grades from the polling session to your D2L course grade book. It will send the grades to the course D2L grade book and creates a column at the end of your grade book. 
     Upload Grades Button

 

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