Information Technology currently supports the following classroom response systems. 


TurningPoint Student Response Systems  

This is a device solution in which faculty may decide to require students to purchase the clicker device for course use.   Information Technology will be phasing out their ongoing purchase and administration of this technology and moving to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).  We are allowing faculty who currently use the devices owned by IT to obtain a set for their own use/support by contacting IT with their interests.  The responsibility for the use, deployment, retrieval and replacement would be the responsibility of the faculty/department. The availability of the devices that are being given away by IT are on a first come/first serve basis.

Top Hat

This is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model with faculty and student support provided by the vendor.  Instructor license is free.  Students are charged a license fee for a device and by the semester, year or five year option.


Learning Catalytics     

This is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model with faculty and students support provided by Information Technology.  Instructor license is free. Students are charged a license fee for a device by semester or year.


Polls by Blackboard     

Blackboard now has a student response system that is completely free for students and faculty.  Polls by Blackboard offers real-time polling, doesn’t require any hardware, and works on any device including SMS text messaging.  There is also an iPhone app available.  The solution includes a unique geo-location feature that makes joining a poll quick and easy.  Students can vote anonymously or login with Facebook credentials.  As this is a new service, the only question type available is multiple choice.

To get started, simply go to to create a poll for students.  More information is available here:


If you have questions regarding how to incorporate student response systems into your course, please contact:

                  Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center (FTLC)




                  Instructional Design for eLearning (IDeL)



For technical questions, please contact the IT Help Desk, 616-331-2101 or or Karen Burchard, 616-331-6500





Page last modified June 19, 2014