Some instructors or departments may require you to possess and use a clicker (interactive response system) for participation during classes.
The Campus Computer Store is selling Turning Technology clickers and the U of S is installing Turning Technology receivers in many classrooms to facilitate the use of clickers in classes. By using one manufacturer, you will only be required to carry one clicker and clickers can be used in any number of your courses. Some instructors may ask that the clicker be registered so they can tie your name to responses for in-class quizzes.
You may certainly buy a used clicker from another student who no longer needs it. Insist that the previous owner removes their clicker registration or else you will not be able to register the clicker. A clicker can only be registered to one student at any time.
Note: You MUST have permission from all your instructors to use ResponseWare in their classes.
ResponseWare is the name for the software clicker application from TurningPoint. It enables you to poll using your smartphone or web browser. See our guide to setting up and using ResponseWare for more information.
By registering a clicker you are giving permission for the University to keep and distribute information that links you with that clicker for University business purposes including making the clicker Device ID available to all your instructors and markers.
You should not give your clicker to someone else to use on your behalf. That would be considered as academic dishonesty, the same as if someone else put your name on a paper that was not yours or wrote an examination for you. Learn more about Academic Honesty.
You can register your own clicker ID (either your hardware clicker OR your ResponseWare ID) using a channel in PAWS. Only one clicker can be registered to you at any time. The Clicker Management channel is located in the Academics section in PAWS. If you cannot locate it, you can always click the +Browse Channels button in the left-hand menu of PAWS
The Clicker Management channel will initially indicate that you currently have no clicker Device ID registered to you.
Once you have registered your clicker, the Device ID will be displayed in the Clicker Management PAWS channel. Your clicker Device ID number also becomes available to any instructor of courses in which you are enrolled. This information will be included in class lists that your instructors download from PAWS.
If you lose or break a clicker, you should remove your clicker registration so that subsequent use is no longer associated with your name. You can register a new clicker after you have removed your clicker registration for the lost or broken clicker. The system will keep a record of clickers that have been registered to you, including when they were registered and when they were removed.
When using your clicker, you will notice that it flashes different colours. The colours have different meanings.
Newer clickers are equipped with a small LCD screen which displays what channel number you are currently tuned to, what response you've made and whether your response has been received.
Your clicker and the receiver in the classroom need to be on the same channel (radio frequency) in order for the receiver to receive your responses. The default channel is 41, each clicker-enabled lecture theatre has a sign at the front of the room indicating what channel its receiver is set to, or are available from our clicker classroom list. Your instructors may indicate that you need to use a different channel. Channels range from 01 to 82.
To change the channel on your clicker to a particular frequency, press Go – # – # – Go. For example, to set your clicker to the default channel you would press: Go – 4 – 1 – Go. If you are on the wrong channel, your clicker will flash orange for eight seconds and then turn red. On newer clickers, the "Go" button has been replaced with a button labeled "CH" or "Channel". Otherwise, the steps to tune your clicker remain the same.
To "click" using ResponseWare, you must be logged into your account on either your smart device or your web browser, and you must join the Session ID for the room you are in. The Session IDs for each clicker-enabled room are posted on a poster at the front of the room, or are available from our clicker classroom list. If your instructor is using a Session ID of their own, they need to inform you of that session ID before you can poll with them.
You may wish to remove your clicker registration if you no longer need it, or if it becomes lost, stolen or broken. You can remove your own clicker registration using PAWS.
If you change your clicker registration it is important that you inform the instructors of all your courses that are using clickers. This is so that they can update their class lists with your new clicker Device ID. Many instructors may not update their class lists unless they become aware of a change.
Please Note: The clicker registration system will not be used to track lost or stolen clickers. You cannot ask to see if anyone has registered the clicker you lost.
Instructors are responsible for class policy on how they will deal with a dead battery or a lost, broken or forgotten clicker during a class or quizzes.
If you have a problem with clicker registration contact the ICT Help Desk or your college IT support staff. The ICT Help Desk (located in Room 70 Arts) can assist you in testing both your hardware clicker or your ResponseWare clicker if you are having problems with using it.
If you suspect the clicker is not working, contact the ICT Help Desk. The ICT Help Desk, located in Room 70 Arts, has the tools to test your clicker and validate whether it is working or not.
For warranty work, batteries, or a replacement clicker, visit the Campus Computer Store.