Using Canvas for in-class responses

If the full Student Response System experience is not needed with the TurningPoint or TopHat apps, it is possible to use Canvas for some in-class survey or quiz activity. The Canvas app for iPhone and Android is free, and will allow students to take a quiz, graded or ungraded, or an anonymous ‘Survey’ under the […]

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Getting Started: TurningPoint for Students

Students are required to purchase both the hardware device (clicker) from the bookstore and maintain an active software license for TurningPoint. The clicker comes with a 12-month software license code in the packaging: please keep this code when opening the package! After 12 months from the first usage of the clicker, students can renew their […]

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What are Student Response Systems?

Student response systems allow instructors to get immediate feedback from their students during class activities. The University of Denver supports both TurningPoint and TopHat as student response system vendors. TurningPoint software allows students to purchase a hardware device, or clicker, as part of their course materials, or use their mobile device or laptop to respond to […]

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What is Top Hat?

Top Hat is a student engagement platform that professors use inside and outside of the classroom. Top Hat provides a lecture tool that tracks attendance, asks questions, features interactive slides, and manages classroom discussions. Outside of the classroom, the platform features an InteractiveText platform where professors can adopt, customize, or create content for their courses. Using Top Hat, […]

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How Top Hat Works

Professors ask questions. Students submit responses via WiFi or SMS using their own devices (phones, laptops, tablets, etc.) Results are shown in real-time. For additional information, take a look at the Top Hat Classroom Engagement Features Interactive Polling No clickers required. Students use their own devices including phones, laptops, or tablets to participate in polls. […]

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Getting Started: TopHat for Instructors

Setup Details Create your own account (1 minute) https://app.tophat.com/register/teacher/ Schedule and receive an one-on-one training session (1 hour) from the TopHat Team by emailing DU’s Account Director Forrest Kutscher, forrest@tophat.com Alternatively, view the Professor Orientation videos for self-paced learning  Creating Your Account and Courses Creating and Using Questions Adding and Managing Students (optional) Upload Slide Presentations (optional) Tracking and […]

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Getting Started: TopHat for Students

Students will be required to purchase a license for Top Hat. The cost is $24 for access for four months or $36 for 12 months, and $72 access for 5-years. Subscriptions can be purchased through the Bookstore with any accepted form of payment (including financial aid) OR online at the Top Hat web site with a major credit card. […]

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What if the students’ responses are not showing on my slides?

For TurningPoint Clickers: There are two things you will want to check out first: First, check to make sure that there are no Custom Animations in your PowerPoint slides. If you have put in custom animations like “fly in on click,” you can view and remove them from the Animations tab: From the Animations tab […]

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Students:FAQs

Do students have to buy their own clicker?  Your instructor can ask you to buy a clicker for your class. Clickers are available at the bookstore or online. Sometimes your textbook will come bundled with a clicker.  If you purchase your clicker from the bookstore you may be able to sell it back at the […]

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Getting Started: TurningPoint for Instructors

*If you are using TurningPoint clickers for a class where the students must purchase their own device, please let the DU Bookstore know when you submit your textbook orders. The ISBN is 9781934931684.  Instructors will need two items to use TurningPoint in class: the RF Receiver, available from the Office of Teaching and Learning, and […]

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Clickers: Designing and Writing Questions

Designing Questions Clicker Response Systems can support higher levels of critical thinking through various approaches to multiple-choice questioning that encourages content depth. Clicker questions can be: Recall Questions Conceptual Response Questions Application Questions Critical Thinking Questions Student Perspective Questions Confidence Level Questions Monitoring Questions Classroom Experiments Questions Additional information regarding types of clicker questions. Here […]

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What is Turning Point?

TurningPoint is a company that makes student response systems and has two capabilities: hardware based ‘clickers’ and software-based (mobile phone, tablet or laptop) responses. The system can be used with both technologies active at once. The mobile/laptop specific feature of TurningPoint’s offering is called ResponseWare. ResponseWare will permit students to interact in the same ways […]

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Clickers: Best Practices

  “Classroom response systems, or “clickers,” are instructional technologies that enable teachers to rapidly collect and analyze students’ responses to multiple-choice and free-response questions during class.” -Derek Bruff Derek Bruff’s Clicker Blog – “Agile Learning” Derek’s blog has great tips for instructors who are interested in using Clickers in the classroom.  Check out his blog […]

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Clicker Support

Contact the OTL at 303-871-2084 or otl@du.edu for additional questions. For faculty and staff from the Daniels College of Business, please contact Jenn Light at 303.871.2240 or jlight@du.edu.    

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