Student Response System (SRS)

UPDATE: August 7, 2015 - The University SRS will be upgraded to Turning Point Cloud on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. At that time, instructors will be required to reinstall Turning Point on their laptops.  Students will need to purchase a Turning Account (required) in addition to a new clicker device (optional). Frequent updates about this service upgrade will be provided on this web page as information becomes available from the vendor.  

At a Glance

The Student Response System (SRS) allows instructors to pose questions and gather students' responses during a lecture. Student response systems are also commonly referred to as clickers, classroom response systems, personal response systems, or audience response systems.

At Northwestern, faculty members have two options of hardware for the SRS: mobile or proprietary.  The mobile platform allows students to respond using networked devices such as laptops, tablets, or smartphones; the proprietary SRS is made up of two hardware components: a clicker (for the student) and a receiver (for the instructor).

The SRS software component is an application installed on the instructor's computer that allows instructors to create an interactive presentation.

During class, students respond to the questions or problems posed in the presentation by using their clickers or mobile devise. The receiver on the instructor's computer gathers the data and can display summaries of students' responses. Answers are also stored electronically for later viewing.

Benefits to Instructors

  • User-friendly interface
  • Ability to work with any application
  • Plug and play hardware set-up
  • Available for Smart Phones as well as SRS devices
  • Integrated class lists from Canvas
  • Display of charts and graphs of user answers
  • Integrated Microsoft Office support 
  • Scoring Distribution, Statistical, and Percentile reports
  • Ability to merge multiple sessions into one comprehensive report
  • Automatic creation of participant rosters
  • Ability to support negative point values
  • Software does not need to be installed; it can be directly downloaded and saved to an external drive

SRS Hardware

SRS Receiver

This is an image of the receiver that collects data from the SRS clicker.A receiver is required to collect the data from the Student Response System (clickers). Receivers are available to instructors directly from the vendor, Turning Technologies. Instructors may also ask for an Instructor Kit. Instructor Kits include a QT receiver and a QT clicker. There is currently no charge for an Instructor Kit.

Instructors who wish to request an Instructor Kit or purchase a receiver may contact Northwestern's account representative, Ben West, Account Executive – Higher Education, Turning Technologies,

Response Devices

Northwestern has implemented standardized support of software from Turning Technologies, LLC to ensure that that the University community receives a quality product and that students will not need to purchase multiple clicker devices for different courses.

This is an image of the QT clicker.
QT Device

The QT device features a full QWERTY keypad and a large LCD screen.  It must be used in conjunction with a Turning Account. Students may purchase a QT Device at the Norris Center Bookstore located in The Norris Center on the Evanston campus.

ResponseWare on iPhone and Blackberry
ResponseCard NXT

Some students may have the older, NXT model. It will work with Turning Point Cloud but it will be necessary to purchase a Turning Account.

ResponseWare for Mobile Users

NUIT offers instructors the option to use ResponseWare, a Turning Technologies web-based/Smart Phone polling application which allows participants to use mobile devices, including tablets, Smartphones, and laptop computers. 

Instructors who wish to use ResponseWare for mobile devices should email for a complimentary account. Keep in mind that the classroom must have enough wireless connectivity to support all the students.

Purchasing a Turning Account 

Northwestern students must purchase a Turning Account from the Turning Technologies Student Store web page at Enter the school code acHu to receive the Northwestern discounted pricing. After purchasing the license, the student will receive a confirmation email with instructions to create an account. Once the account is created, they are provided with a virtual device ID which can be registered in Canvas. Students should check with their instructors that they may use their mobile device in class.


Additional Information

Support Contacts

Support Contact:

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