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Setting up your Responseware Session

1: Create your presentation and add question slides using the TurningPoint Ribbon. TurningPoint Slide

2: Launch your PowerPoint presentation and click on the Responseware Icon (Globe) in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Responseware Icon3: The Responseware window will open, enter your Login details and session preferences.

ResponseWare Dialogue Window

  • Check ‘Save Information’ to speed up the process next time.
  • If on campus leave ‘I connect to the Internet through a proxy server’ unchecked.
  • Decide how you would like your participants to connect. Unless you want to track use we would recommend the ‘Allow Guests’ option as this will speed up the process.
  • Finally you can reserve a session ID by logging into your Responseware Account at and clicking ‘reserve or change your session ID’. Again this is optional and if you leave the box blank a random session ID will be allocated to you.

4: The confirmation window will appear and display your connection status.

Responseware Connection












5: Click ‘close’, you will now see the that the Responseware Icon is no longer greyed out which means that you’re connected.

Responseware Icon Connected

Using Mobile Devices as Clickers- Responseware

ResponseWare allows students to use laptops, tablets and smartphones as virtual clickers to engage in the learning process. ResponseWare is a web-enabled response option that lets students engage with the devices they are most familiar with.

The software is part of TurningPoint and integrates seamlessly with existing TurningPoint presentations. Where it differs is that it allows for alphanumeric entry via mobile phone style input or a QWERTY style keyboard. The diversity of alphanumeric entry increases communication options and allows students to easily submit responses during interactive lectures. ResponseWare displays the question and answer choices on the students’ mobile devices during polling.

Respond to Multiple Question Types

  • Multiple-choice
  • Alphanumeric
  • Multiple response
  • Essay

ResponseWare requires no special software to install or configure, and works with web browsers across multiple platforms and operating systems. Additionally, students can download the ResponseWare mobile app for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android devices to take advantage of the specific features and functionality available with their device.

If you are interested in trialing Responseware please contact the IT Service Desk ( for more information.

Derek Bruff book and blog pages

Derek Bruff is a Maths academic who has written both a book and blog pages about using voting systems in teaching. The book “Teaching with Classroom Response Systems” sets out a taxonomy of uses. You can see a presenation I helped put together about this at

 The blog pages include posts with examples categorised by use (eg team-based Learning or peer assessment) and question type  (eg conceptual or case study questions). Both are well worth a  look if you are want more ideas on how and why you might use voting systems.THe blog also considers Backchannels (text, Twitter etc) and visual learning.

Book – Bruff, Derek. Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments. 1st ed. Jossey-Bass, 2009. Available in the library or as an ebook