January 18, 2007
After a semester long study, the CSU Clicker Pilot Team recommends TurningPoint as the standard Clicker solution for Cleveland State University. The TurningPoint Response system is a product of TurningTechnologies, LLC headquartered in Youngstown, OH.
A Student Response System (SRS), more commonly referred to as "Clicker", is a wireless system that allows instructors to ask questions of the class and receive responses via hand-held remote devices. Student responses are recorded through a receiver attached to the instructor's workstation. Responses can be graded, summarized and shown to the class in real-time or saved for later viewing.
In January, 2006, a preliminary study was completed to assess the use of clicker technology in higher education. A survey was conducted in March, 2006 to determine clicker usage at CSU and to gauge interest in participating in a Pilot program to assess products with the intent of recommending a standard solution for the university.
What we found out from this survey is that clickers have been used at CSU for quite some time. Although usage has increased year after year, there hasn't been any concerted effort to standardize this technology campus wide. A proposal to conduct a pilot for clicker standardization was presented to the Dean's IT Council meeting. The council agreed that this was a good idea and gave approval to proceed with the pilot. At this time, there were at least three different products used on campus.
A number of vendors were contacted to submit information for analysis. Price, functional capabilities, technical requirements, etc. were all considered. The pilot pool was narrowed down to two products: eInstruction's CPS and TurningTechnologies' TurningPoint.
This project team held a formal kick-off meeting in May, 2006, participated in training sessions during the summer and conducted the pilot during the Fall semester, 2006. Monthly status meetings were held for faculty to share their experiences -- problems, solutions, best practices, etc. At the end of December, a survey was conducted to get each faculty participant's input. The results were tabulated and presented at the status meeting held on December 18, 2006. After careful deliberation, thorough analysis and discussions, the pilot team decided to recommend TurningPoint Response systems as the standard clicker solution for Cleveland State University.
In order to receive the best pricing for both clicker units and receivers, CSU will enter into a formal agreement with TurningTechnologies, LLC which states that TurningPoint is the recognized standard for response system technology on campus. TurningTechnologies has also partnered with the Ohio Learning Network which allows for additional discounted pricing.
Faculty who are interested in utilizing clickers can contact Rowen Garcia, Director of Academic Development and Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (216) 875-9993. The IS&T Training department will offer TurningPoint demos and training sessions in the next few months.
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