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Important TurningPoint (Clicker) Software Upgrade Notification

During the break between Spring and Summer Session, Classroom Support Services will upgrade all classroom instructor workstations to TurningPoint 5 (TP5) and Learning Ventures will disable Blackboard integration support for all versions of TurningPoint prior to version 5.x. Therefore, to continue to exchanges data (class lists and polling data) between TP and Blackboard, you will need to upgrade your personal computer(s) to TP5 prior to the start of Summer Semester on May 12, 2014. (See instructions for “Downloading the New TurningPoint 5 Software” below.)

TurningPoint 5 Training Available April 15-17

To assist you with this transition, Turning Technologies representatives will be on campus to offer training sessions for TurningPoint 5 software on April 15th, 16th, and 17th. Separate session will be available for Mac and PC users as well as separate sessions for anyone interested in using TurningPoint 5 Anywhere. To attend one or more of these sessions, please register as soon as possible at https://utdl.edu/DL_training/. (Space in each training session is limited.) Please note that these sessions are
located under the “Classroom Technology” heading and that all sessions are designed for both new and experienced users.

Key Features of TurningPoint 5 (TP5)

  • New “all-in-one” software is available in a single download that provides the same user experience on both the Mac and PC.
  • Available in either an install or no-install version. The install version adds an integrated tab in PowerPoint (PC only) while the
    no-install version uses a floating showbar with PowerPoint (Mac and PC).
  • Enhanced “on-demand” integration in Blackboard Learn allows you to import participant lists and “sync” polling sessions.
  • Includes TurningPoint 5 Anywhere which allows you to poll “on-th-fly” in any environment.

Downloading the New TurningPoint 5 Software

If you are currently using an earlier version of TurningPoint (other than version 5.x), you should not upgrade your desktop software till after the end of the current Spring 2014 Ssemester. Once you decide to upgrade, you can download the free TuringPoint 5 software from the “Turning Technologies Software Downloads” page at http://www.turningtechnologies.com/responsesystemsupport/downloads. Once on this page, simply click on the “TurningPoint 5” link under “Polling Software” and download the version appropriate to your system.

Additional Resource Links for TurningPoint 5

System requirement for TP5 for the PC may be found here:


System requirements for TP5 for the Mac are located here:


“Turning Technologies Clicker Support Resources with Blackboard” for students and instructors are located here:


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at UTLV@utoledo.edu or call 419-530-8835.

NCAT Spring 2014 Webinar Series

NCAT has launched a new series of free webinars this spring. Each hour-long webinar features an NCAT Redesign Scholar, the project leader of a highly successful course redesign, describing the redesign project with a particular focus on its distinguishing characteristics. After a presentation, the lead faculty member will be available to answer questions and provide additional specifics about the redesign. The following topics and speakers are planned: 

  • April 8, 2014 at 1 pm EDT: Redesigning General Psychology at the University of New Mexico presented by Gordon Hodge, featuring the use of mastery quizzing.
  • May 13, 2014 at 1 pm EDT: Redesigning College Algebra at the University of Central Florida presented by Tammy Muhs, featuring large-scale redesign in a course of 4,000+ students.

You must register for each webinar, but there is no registration fee. Go to http://www.theNCAT.org/Webinars/2014Webinars.html to register.

Representatives from Turning Technologies will be on Campus Monday and Tuesday, March 17th and 18th

Turning Technologies (classroom clicker technology) representatives, Tom Sheridan and Julie Thomas, will be on campus Monday and Tuesday, March 17th and 18th. If you would like to schedule an individual meeting with them, please send an email directly to Tom at tsheridan@turningtechnologies.com or Julie at jthomas@turningtechnologies.com.

Also, please watch for a posting early next week announcing our transition to TurningPoint 5 software for Summer Semester. Julie will also be back during the week of April 14th to offer faculty training sessions on using this new software. Once the exact dates and times have been confirmed, we will post an additional announcement.

If you have any questions or concerns, please address them to UTLV@utoledo.edu or you can call 419-530-8835.