Audience Engagement Systems
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TurningPoint is an audience response system that allows instructors to create polls that directly integrate into PowerPoint. During class, instructors display a TurningPoint poll onscreen and students respond with any web-enabled device. Results appear on the display for the class to discuss or for the instructor to grade. Instructors can use TurningPoint to take attendance, give in-class quizzes, prompt discussions and determine how well a class understands course material to increase student engagement and facilitate inclusive teaching.
Nearpod is a student engagement platform that allows instructors to create interactive presentations comprised of quizzes, polls, collaborate boards, videos, annotation exercises and more. Slide decks from Google Slides and PowerPoint as well as PDFs can also be easily converted into a Nearpod presentation. Students can engage Nearpod exercises displayed onscreen with any web-enabled device, and instructors can create dynamic formative assessments suitable for a variety of teaching contexts.
Resources about Nearpod's effectiveness:
- Burton, R. (2019). A review of Nearpod – an interactive tool for student engagement. Journal of Applied Teaching and Learning. https://journals.sfu.ca/jalt/index.php/jalt/article/view/151
- McClean, S., Crowe, W. (2017). Making room for interactivity: using the cloud-based audience response system Nearpod to enhance engagement in lectures. FEMS Microbiology Letters, Volume 364, Issue 6. https://doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnx052
- The Nearpod Team. (2021). Making higher education more accessible to adult learners. Nearpod Blog. https://nearpod.com/blog/making-higher-education-more-accessible-to-adult-learners