Community College of Rhode Island to Sustain Academic Standard with New Technology

Higher Education Institution Selects Turning Technologies
as Campus-Wide Clicker Provider

Youngstown, OH – Turning Technologies, the global leader in the student response industry, adds the Community College of Rhode Island to its list of institutions to standardize support around the company’s student response solutions. After the completion of an evaluation pilot, the Community College of Rhode Island has selected ResponseCard® NXT as the centrally supported clicker device.

Community College of Rhode Island is the largest community college in New England and enrolls more than 17,000 students. In order to provide campus-wide autonomy, the institution has standardized on a reliable and flexible technology that can be supported and represented universally. Clickers are used in a variety of courses at the Community College of Rhode Island, and more than 1,000 students are expected to adopt new ResponseCard NXT clickers in fall 2012.

The institution’s faculty evaluation committee consisted of ten various disciplines that based their group decision on the individual opinions and experiences of the pilot. Turning Technologies’ overall solution was identified to best address the full range of uses among faculty members. Key deciding factors included a PowerPoint® add-in, compact portability, pedagogical support, price, ease-of-use and numeric, text entry capabilities.

Jeanne Mullaney, Assessment Coordinator at the Community College of Rhode Island explained, “Students want to learn in different ways and we want faculty to be thinking differently about teaching. It’s my priority to support faculty with easy-to-use tools that will assist in improving student learning outcomes. Turning Technologies offers unparalleled product and pedagogical support. The company has been able to meet our existing needs and they can support us in the direction we want to go.”

Turning Technologies’ ResponseCard NXT provides cell phone style text entry for short answer and essay questions. Combined with TurningPoint® polling software, instructors can poll within PowerPoint®, over any application, and administer self-paced testing for individual summative assessment.
“With critical performance indicators becoming top institutional priorities, the value of immediate assessment available with our technology becomes increasingly vital to the educational process,” said Dr. Tina Rooks, Turning Technologies’ Vice President & Chief Instruction Officer. “Turning Technologies is pleased to partner with the Community College of Rhode Island to provide their educators with tools proven to increase student motivation and retention.”
Turning Technologies readily elicits customer feedback, and takes it into consideration during the development process, creating assessment delivery and data collection solutions specifically designed with users in mind. The company remains the industry leader in higher education with more than 2,300 U.S. colleges and universities using Turning Technologies’ clicker solutions. Additional growth is expected in 2012, predominately during the fall semester with ongoing pilots and standardizations.

About Turning Technologies:
Turning Technologies creates leading assessment delivery and data collection solutions for learning environments. Founded in 2002, the company began with the development of response technology that was affordable, user-friendly and better documented so that users could easily grasp its benefits. Today, an estimated six million ResponseCard clickers have been delivered to K-12 schools, universities and businesses worldwide. Turning has expanded its portfolio of products to include data collection systems that securely transfer digital data for various assessment, testing and certification programs. Based in Youngstown, OH, information on Turning Technologies’ solutions can be found at