Student response systems (SRS)

Student Response Systems (SRS), also referred to as Classroom Response Systems or “clickers,” are web-based systems or software that collect real-time responses from students. They can be used for class discussion, peer instructions, student engagement, and formative assessment.

With SRS instructors can promote deep learning by engaging students in active discussion, assess students understanding and provide immediate visual feedback, and create a more encouraging and engaging learning environment for a diverse student body. The Office of Digital Learning supports the use of student response systems by providing training for faculty on how to use this technology effectively to enhance teaching and learning, and by integrating selected SRS in WebCampus.

Student Response System standardization

In Spring/Summer 2020, the university began working towards a single supported, student response system. A group made up of faculty users, ASUN student representatives and technology support staff came together to evaluate the various system available and in-use at the university. At the end of this process, it was recommended that the university switch to a single platform. The recommended platform was Turning, one of two currently in use at the university. In fall 2021 we will begin phasing out the use of Top Hat, with Spring 2022 having only one supported system on campus. One of the primary impetuses for this was to reduce student costs, as they could end up having to purchase license for several different tools. The Office of Digital Learning will provide training and resources for faculty who will need to transition their content to the Turning platform.

Turning

Turning Point Logo

Turning (TurningPoint is the name of the application) has been used at University of Nevada, Reno for over a decade. It has both web-based polling platform and desktop applications. The desktop applications are installed in all our smart classrooms. Traditionally students used a clicker device to participate in the polling. Now they use their own mobile devices (smart phones, tablets, and laptops) as virtual clickers.

To participate in classroom polling activities, students need to register for a Turning account and purchase a subscription ($15/year when using their University of Nevada, Reno email address for their Turning account).

TurningPoint for students

TurningPoint for faculty

Top Hat

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Top Hat is a web-based system. Students respond to the polling questions using their own mobile devices (smart phones, tablets, and laptops) with subscription ($26/term or $43/year). Top Hat is currently integrated with WebCampus.

Fall 2021 is the last semester Top Hat is supported on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Its integration with WebCampus will be removed at the start of Spring 2022.

Top Hat for students

Top Hat for faculty

For more information and assistance contact Wenzhen Li at (775) 682-6789 or wenzhenl@unr.edu.