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How to Exclude a TurningPoint5 Question from Grading

You can either exclude a question or delete the question all together. In either case, the student will not receive points for the question.

To exclude a question from grading:

  1. Go to the Manage tab of Turning Point Dashboard.
  2. In the left pane, select the session file you want to edit.
  3. Click the Edit Session button in the Session Overview pane. This will open up the Session Viewer window, displaying all the questions, the answer choices, responses received, correct answer, and point values.
  4. Select the question you want to exclude.
  5. Click the Exclude from Grading button.
  6. Click Save and Close.

To delete a question entirely:

  1. Right click on the question you want to delete.
  2. Select Delete. You can delete only one question at a time.
  3. Click Save and Close once done.

How to Merge TurningPoint5 Sessions

  1. Launch TurningPoint and click the Manage tab.
  2. Add session files you want to merge and drag and drop then to your participant list, if necessary.
  3. Click Sessions > Merge.
  4. Check the boxes of the sessions you want to merge.
  5. Select the Merge by Participant radio button.
  6. Click Merge.
  7. Save the Merged session file.
  8. On the Move Merged Session window, click Add to Participant List.
  9. The Merged session is added to the Participant List. You can rename the session and view it in Results Manager.

How to Create a Basic PowerPoint Polling Presentation

  1. Launch TurningPoint and click PowerPoint Polling.
  2. Click New from the TurningPoint tab ribbon to view menu of pre-defined slides. They are categorized by the type of question e.g. Multiple Choice, True and False, etc. For instance, select Multiple Choice. TurningPoint inserts a vertical slide that contains a question, answer, and a graph region.
  3. Select the question region and type your question text.
  4. Select the answer region and enter the answers. You can enter a maximum of ten answers per slide. (Click anywhere in the white margin space to pull up the bar graphs.)
  5. Set the Answer Value under scoring options in slide preferences window. Select the correct option and TP will automatically label others as Incorrect.
  6. Once you select the correct answer choice, you will notice that the color of the graph colors will change to red and green if the correct/incorrect color scheme has been set.
  7. You can also assign Correct and Incorrect point value in the Slide Preferences window.
  8. Repeat steps 1 to 7 to insert additional slides. DO NOT COPY THIS SLIDE AND REINSERT IT IN THE SAME PRESENTATION!

Once you have the basics in place, you can reorder slides, apply fonts and color schemes, shrink or expand the graphs, text, and images just as you would in PPT. Be sure to edit all question slides in TurningPoint only. The TurningPoint ribbon should be visible when editing slides.

When you are finished, save as you would any PowerPoint presentation.

Click here for more information about default presentation settings.

How to Add a Participant List

  1. Click on the Manage tab on the Turning Point Dashboard.
  2. Click Participant List and select New from the pull down menu.
  3. From the Connect to Integration pop-up screen, click Integration and select Blackboard from the pull down menu. Enter the Server Address exactly as shown in the figure below. Enter your Username and Password, check the box to Remember this information and click Connect.
  4. In the Import Participant List window, select the course from which you would like to import the participant list and click the Import button.
  5. A window pops up with a message: Turning Point has successfully imported 1 participant list(s). Click OK. You will be able to see the required participant list on your screen and can now add session files.
Now, you can add a session file and manage session data. Click here to learn more about adding session files.

How to Link a Device to a Student

You can either update your Participant List/roster using the auto update function built in to TP5, or you can manually update using the steps below:

  1. Launch TurningPoint and go into the Manage tab.
  2. Click on the desired participant list.
  3. Click the Results Manager button.
  4. Click on the name of the student to whom you want to link a particular clicker. The row will be highlighted in pink.
  5. In the Information Pane on the right under Participant View, click on Devices to expand.
  6. Click on the plus button in the right pane to add the unregistered device.
  7. In the Assign Device ID window, enter the unregistered device ID of the student and click OK. The unregistered clicker device is linked to the student.

If your class is not very large, you can use the alternate steps below:

  1. In Results Manager, scroll down and click on the device listed in the Unassigned Devices.
  2. Choose the student from the Choose Participant drop-down list.
  3. Click Assign to Participant. The device will disappear from the Unassigned Devices section.

How to Update a Participant List

  1. Launch Turning Point and click on the Manage tab.
  2. Select the participant list (aka the roster) that you would like to update and click on the Results Manager button at the bottom of the page.
  3. In the Results Manager window, click the Integrations button.
  4. In the Connect to Integration window:
    • Select Blackboard from the Integration pull down menu.
    • Enter the Server Address: https://elearning.uh.edu
    • Enter your CougarNet Username and Password and check the box Remember this Information.
    • Click Connect. Note: If the information is already populated in the window, just enter your Password and click Connect.
  5. The Update with Integration window opens. Check the radio button to Update Participant List and click the Update List button.
  6. Once the Participant List update complete message displays, click the Close button. The participant list will now display the updated information for students and add any newly registered clickers.

How to Post Clicker Points to Grade Center

  1. Open TurningPoint and click the Manage tab.
  2. Select the Participant List you want to work with.
  3. Click the Results Manager button.
  4. In the Results Manager window, click the Integrations button.
  5. In the Connect to Integration window, enter the necessary information as shown in the image below and click Connect.
  6. Select Export Session and check the box(es) for the the column(s) you want to export. Then click Export.
  7. Click Export again on the warning message that displays.
  8. Click OK on the message informing you the export to Blackboard has been successful.

(Click on the image to enlarge)

You can now log in to Blackboard Learn and verify the points have been uploaded to the Grade Center.

How to Combine Sessions in Results Manager

  1. From the Manage Tab, download your Participant List.
  2. Add all session files you want to work with. They will be added under the Participant List on which they were run.
  3. Drag and drop the session files into the newly downloaded Participant List.
  4. Delete the additional Participant List(s) to avoid confusion.
  5. Click on the main Participant List and click the Results Manager button. All sessions will display in Results Manager.

About TurningPoint Versions

If your course is in Blackboard Vista, you will continue to use TurningPoint 2008 or TurningPoint Anywhere to create, edit and run presentations and Results Manager to manage and upload session data. Click here download the legacy versions of TurningPoint software.

If your course is in Blackboard Learn, you need to use TurningPoint5 to manage clicker sessions. You can continue to use TurningPoint 2008 to edit and run clicker sessions if you choose.

To install TurningPoint 5:

  1. Click the following link: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/responsesystemsupport/downloads. Under New TurningPoint, there are the three options:
    • Mac- No Install Version: This version allows you place the TurningPoint 5 software directly onto a flash or shared drive rather than install on a specific computer. Instead, you can run it from the drive on any computer. This version is for Mac. All information generated (i.e. session files) will be saved on the flash/shared drive. NOTE: The Mac version currently does not support Powerpoint Polling. If you are planning to use a Mac, you will need to use Turning Point Anywhere.
    • PC- Install Version: This version is similar to the older versions and installs directly to the computer you will be using. This version is not compatible with Mac.
    • PC- No Install Version: This version allows you place the TurningPoint 5 software directly onto a flash or shared drive rather than install on a specific computer. Instead, you can run it from the drive on any computer. This version is for PC. All information generated (i.e. session files) will be saved on the flash/shared drive.
  2. Once you have selected your version, fill in the requested information. This is only used by the company to verify the person downloading the software.
  3. Follow the directions on the screen for installation. If you chose one of the No Install versions, you will need to unzip the program to make it work. Choose the flash/shared drive as the location for unzipping after clicking on the zip file. Once the file is unzipped, all files must remain within the unzipped folders. They will not work properly if moved to another location.
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