2018 Student Response System Needs Assessment

Turning Technologies (TT) has been OSU's centrally-supported student response system since 2011. In spring 2018, Academic Technology conducted faculty and student surveys to identify teaching and learning needs, and validate that we are using a system that best meets our needs.  Our inquiry also included focus group sessions with faculty, analysis of support tickets, and analysis of pedagogical and assessment strategies. Please see this summary report and report with survey results for background on the recommendation.

As of Fall 2018, Top Hat has been OSU's centrally supported student response system. Top Hat is a web-based service for classroom polling and attendance that supports a variety of teaching and learning modalities. Students use a personal device (phone, tablet or laptop) to respond to questions. Top Hat integrates with Canvas so that faculty can upload polling results to the grade book. This student engagement platform can be used inside and outside of the classroom as well. Outside of the classroom professors can use the Interactive text platform to customize or create content for their courses.

Why Top Hat?

Top Hat offers a forward-thinking roadmap and supports a variety of teaching and learning modalities. Adoption by OSU instructors has grown to the point that Top Hat purchases already exceed those of Turning bundles. However, students bear the cost of multiple systems on campus. Our goal in recommending this product is to support faculty, encourage wide adoption, and maximize savings for students. The recommendation to switch to Top Hat for classroom engagement has been reviewed and approved by several groups (Learn @ OregonState advisory committee; IT Instructional Governance Committee; Faculty Senate Executive Committee).


2011 OSU Clicker Assessment Final Report


In 2010-2011 Technology Across the Curriculum conducted an assessment of clicker use at OSU.  This investigation involved more than 80 clicker-using instructors from across the curriculum, several hundred students in pilot courses, core instructional support units, OSU engineering, and peer institutions.  The overall consensus result of these diverse stake-holders is that OSU should transition from Qwizdom to Turning Technologies as the centrally supported response system (clickers).  Provided here is the final report of that assessment process.

Download the PDF of the 2011 OSU Clicker Assessment Final Report.

Clicker Matrix

In the 2010-2011 clicker (response system) assessment Technology Across the Curriculum produced a feature matrix for comparison of the major response systems available.  This matrix was shared with clicker using instructors and with the clicker vendors in order to gather the most current, accurate, and relevant information.  The final matrix was shared with instructors who participated in the Clicker Assessment Survey.

Download the PDF of the Clicker Feature Matrix .



Survey Questions Presented to Current Clicker Userssurvey

A survey was conducted in Spring 2011 among all known clicker-using instructors at OSU, 87 individuals, which included several extension stations.  Results from that survey are presented in the  2011 OSU Clicker Assessment Final Report.  Provided here is the survey instrument used to query instructors.

Download the PDF of the survey questions.

In Spring 2011 four pilot sections of Physics were conducted. Two sections used i<clicker2 student remote. One section used Qwizdom Q4 student remote.  One section used Turning NXT student remote.  A survey was conducted among students of all those sections, more than 400 responded.  Provided here is the survey instrument used to query students.

Download the PDF of survey questions.