Q. What is the history behind the switch from the eInstruction clickers to the Turning Technologies clickers at Missouri State University?
The University has changed its standard for Student Response Systems (SRS or “clickers”) from eInstruction’s CPS system to Turning Technologies’ NXT system. The eInstruction CPS system was plagued by several software bugs and the level of customer support the University received from eInstruction led to the decision that this standard needed to be evaluated and that other possible options had to be considered.
As such, we looked at what viable systems other manufacturers offered that met the University’s overall needs. Turning Technologies’ NXT system had similar features to the current standard with some beneficial additions, so it was chosen for consideration. Input was then gathered from University stakeholders to discuss the logistics of such a change, and to develop a plan for a pilot program.
A pilot program was conducted during the spring 2011 semester. Following successful completion of the pilot, the University adopted the Turning Technologies NXT system. Hardware and software installation and training took place throughout the summer of 2011 with full deployment during the fall 2011 semester.
Q. Who is responsible for clickers at Missouri State University?
Turning Technologies Intern on campus is Patrick Shaner He is available for all faculty and staff questions related to the hardware and software that comprises the NXT system. His office is located on the first floor of Meyer Library in the Bear CLAW. The office phone number is 417-836-3276.
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Q. I’d like to begin using clickers in my classroom. How do I get started?
If you would like to begin using clickers in the classroom, please complete the Clicker Adoption Form and submit it to the Turning Technologies Intern. You need Adobe Reader to view and print this document.
The system will be available for use beginning in the Fall 2011 semester. In order to ensure that hardware and software can be installed and training completed, requests must be submitted 30 days prior to the date faculty would like to begin using clickers.
Q. I’d like to borrow clickers for an event. How do I get started?
A demonstration kit is available for faculty and staff that would like to use clickers for an event. To make a reservation, please complete the Turning Technologies Equipment Lending Form and submit it to the Turning Technologies Intern. You need Adobe Reader to view and print this document.
Requests need to be made at least ten (10) days prior to the event and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Q. I’m interested in the pedagogy behind the use of clickers. What resources are available for me?
For questions related to the pedagogy behind the use of clickers, please direct your questions to the Instructional Design Division of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. In addition, Turning Technologies has numerous research and case studies available here.
Q. What training will be available for faculty interested in using clickers?
Please check My Learning Connection through My Missouri State for available training sessions. In addition, one-on-one training will be available on an appointment basis throughout the semester. Tutorials are also available through Turning Technologies’ website at http://trainingportal.turningtechnologies.com/ .