Student Response System

The Student Response System (SRS), commonly referred to as clickers, allows instructors to pose questions and gather students' responses during a lecture.


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  1. Instructors who wish to request an Instructor Kit or purchase a receiver may contact Northwestern's account representative, Jessica Stickle, Turning Technologies,
  2. Students must register a Turning Account in order for their responses to be tracked by the instructor. Once the account is created, the student will be provided with a virtual device ID which can be registered in Canvas.
  3. In addition to the "clicker" or Responseware account, Northwestern students must purchase a Turning Account License. The license can be purchased through the student's Turning Account by selecting "Profile" from the left menu and then clicking "Manage Licenses." Students should check with their instructors that they may use their mobile device in class.
  4. Instructions for registering your clicker and purchasing a license can be found in the Student Canvas Learning Center, Using Turning Technologies Clickers in Canvas.
Required Equiptment 

SRS Receiver
SRS Receiver

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 which include a receiver and clicker. There is currently no charge for an Instructor Kit.

Response Devices

QT Device
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.

ResponseCard NXT
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.

Mobile Users

Northwestern Information Technology 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.


Key Features and Benefits

Responses are displayed in real time to give the instructors and other students’ immediate feedback on understanding of concepts or viewpoints on an issue. The SRS software component is an application installed on the instructor's computer that allows instructors to create an interactive presentation.

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).