Turning web polling

Web Polling with Turning

Learn how to conduct a polling session directly from the Turning dashboard.

The web-based platform of Turning allows for content creation, polling, and data management directly from the web. It has a simple user interface, only including the most commonly used question types, and the data is saved directly to the instructor account. With web polling, not only can you create polling questions, but you can also add content/lecture slides. In other words, you can create lecture presentations with polling questions on the web.

Creating content

Log into the Turning account from WebCampus (or instructor.turningtechnologies.com). You should have already added your current course and made it active for Turning. Click Select to enter the course.

Screenshot of the instructor Turning account dashboard where active courses are listed

[Figure 1] Screenshot of the instructor Turning account dashboard where active courses are listed.

In the course you will see a menu bar at the top, where you can create and manage Content, view the Roster, Schedule polling, view the polling Results and take Attendance. Content is the default landing page, where you can create lecture material for polling and presentation. You can also create folders for content organization. Note that content created in your Turning account can be used in any of your courses. If you have multiple courses using Turning web polling, it is recommended you create folders to organize the content, as you can see in the example below. Use the Create Folder button to add folders to the content page. You can then add content to the folder.

Screenshot of the course content page where instructors can add content for polling, view course roster and manage polling results

[Figure 2] Screenshot of the course content page where instructors can add content for polling, view course roster and manage polling results.

To create polling and presentation content, click the Create Content button. Enter a name (e.g., lecture 1) and click Create. You will be taken to a page where you can add questions for polling, add a content slide and/or upload an existing PowerPoint presentation. A click on the Create button will add a multiple-choice question. Clicking on the drop-down arrow next to Create will bring up the menu, giving you more options for the content.

Screenshot of content options. An arrow points at the Create button with drop-down menu

[Figure 3] Screenshot of content options. An arrow points at the Create button with drop-down menu.

Adding a polling question is straightforward. Take for example a multiple-choice question. This question type can also be a true-false question and a multiple-answer question. The simple text editor allows you to format the question text, use image or video or add a table to your question. You can add more answer choices, set the correct answer(s), add points, make it an anonymous opinion poll, etc.

Screenshot showing the creation of a multiple-choice question

[Figure 4] Screenshot showing the creation of a multiple-choice question.

Note that the Add button underneath the question slide works the same as the Create button at the top of the page. A click on the down arrow next to Add will open the drop-down menu, where you can add more questions or text slides.

The slides (questions, lecture slides, etc.) can be arranged by dragging and dropping slides into your preferred order, just as can be done in PowerPoint. You may also use the three dots at the top right corner of each slide to move them up or down. The content created is automatically saved in your Turning account.

Presenting content

When you are ready to present, click the Start button at the top of the page, next to the Create button. This opens a dialogue box allowing you to generate a session ID and adjust the live polling options. Note that the default option for “Show Results” is “Always.” This option shows the results during polling as students respond to the question. The “Review Only” option reveals results only after you have closed polling. When you are happy with the setting, click Start to close the dialogue box.

Screenshot of the lecture slides ready for web polling. The Start session button is highlighted, and the live polling options dialogue box shows the polling options available for adjustment
[Figure 5] Screenshot of the lecture slides ready for web polling. The Start session button is highlighted, and the live polling options dialogue box shows the polling options available for adjustment.

Next you will see the message on the screen showing the session ID (which will appear on all slides) and reminding you “the polling session is about to begin.” You can proceed to Start Session. Once started, as students join the session and respond to questions, you will see the number of students already in session (the number next to the people icon on top right corner), and the number of students who responded to the polling question (the number next to the mobile device icon). To proceed, press the forward button at the bottom of the page.

Screenshot of a slide during presentation. At the top of the slide are the session ID, the head count of students in session and those that have responded when applicable. At the bottom of the slide are the forward button, the End Session button and Show Results button

[Figure 6] Screenshot of a slide during presentation. At the top of the slide are the session ID, the head count of students in session and those that have responded when applicable. At the bottom of the slide are the forward button, the End Session button and Show Results button.

For a question slide, to open polling, click the Play button. Click the Stop button to close polling.

Screenshot of a polling slide with the Play button at the bottom of the slide

[Figure 7] Screenshot of a polling slide with the Play button at the bottom of the slide.

Screenshot showing the Stop button

[Figure 8] Screenshot showing the Stop button.

When you finish the presentation, or when you click the End Session button, a window will pop up asking to Save the session data. The session name is auto-filled with the time stamp of the session. Keep or change the name. Then click the End button to save the session and exit the presentation. The file will be saved in your Turning account, ready for review and/or export.

Screenshot of the dialogue to end the session

[Figure 9] Screenshot of the dialogue to end the session.

Managing data

The session file contains students’ participation data in class. You may review and edit the session, download the data or export it to WebCampus.

To manage the data, click the Results tab on the top menu bar. By default, you are taken to the Gradebook where you can see all participation scores. Mouse-over a session and you can sort the column. The pencil icon allows you to rename or delete the session file. If you are ready to export the scores to WebCampus, click the Export button and choose Canvas. You will then be able to select a session file and upload. Alternatively, you can download the data as a CSV file for data management.

Screenshot of the Results page, showing an example gradebook

[Figure 10] Screenshot of the Results page, showing an example gradebook.

You can review and edit a session file before uploading to WebCampus. Click the Sessions tab and click the Reports link of a session file.

Screenshot of the Results page with session files. Each session file has a link to the session report

[Figure 11] Screenshot of the Results page with session files. Each session file has a link to the session report.

This will open the reports of the session data. The default view of the report is the descriptive statistics of each question (frequencies and response count). If you need to edit a question, for example change the point value or correct answer(s), click the three vertical dots next to Points and then Edit. Save the changes when done. The points will automatically update for all students. You can also Export the data in this view as an Excel file.

Screenshot showing an example session report

[Figure 12] Screenshot showing an example session report.

You also have the option to view the detailed results of the session. Click the Detail tab to view students’ responses/performance in the session. You can also Export this view to Excel.

Screenshot showing an example of a detailed report of a session

[Figure 13] Screenshot showing an example of a detailed report of a session.