Technology Enhanced Learning

Turning Technologies


TurningPoint is a "Personal Response System", which enables teachers to interact with students during lectures by posing questions to them via a presentation. This has proven successful in engaging with students and adding an element of interactivity within lectures.

What can it be used for?

  • Testing student knowledge
  • Initiate discussion amongst the class or groups of students
  • Formative feedback
  • Peer feedback

Information for Staff

How do I use it?

To start with, you will need to install the TurningPoint software onto your computer:

  • To install onto a University-owned managed desktop, go the Start menu, click 'all programs' and then click 'install a program from the network' from the list. In the window that appears, select 'Turning Technologies TurningPoint 5' and then click 'install' at the top of the window.
  • To install onto your own PC or Mac, the software can be downloaded from the Turning Technologies website [external].

Note: The TurningPoint 5 and TurningPoint 2008 software is already pre-installed on all University of Kent teaching PCs.

The next step is to create your questions. TheTurningPointinterface is very simple to use. The software is integrated within PowerPoint with an added menu option for TurningPoint which allows you to add various questions. You are able to create a variety of question and slide styles. Questions can be simple yes or no and true or false, or you can incorporate more in depth questioning techniques. Once a set of questions are answered by the students using the handsets, you can then choose to display the correct answer, display the percentage of voters that have answered under each possible answer or to simply go to the next question.

You can also choose to collect this data for analysis after the lecture by generating a variety of reports, alternatively show the data in the lecture to initiate discussion or give immediate feedback and check the understanding of your students.

Currently we have 100 handsets available to book out. For help on how to use TurningPoint and to book the handsets contact elearning@kent.ac.uk

Staff user guides

For TurningPoint 5 (latest version):

For TurningPoint 2008:




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Last Updated: 21/09/2016

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