Youngstown, OH – Turning Technologies, the global leader in the student response industry, today announced a ResponseCard integration with IPAL, a web-based Moodle module (plug-in) and stand-alone program that enables in-class polling. Turning Technologies’ API integration with IPAL is the first of its kind to enable polling with ResponseCard clicker hardware into the IPAL system.
“We’re proud to offer a ResponseCard API that allows developers to integrate ResponseCard hardware into the rapidly expending world of web-based applications,” Mike Broderick, Turning Technologies’ CEO stated. “In the past, students were only able to respond via IPAL with web-enabled devices. The integration with our clickers allows for polling in mixed environments and is a solution for students who are not equipped with web-enabled devices or where infrastructure is not yet implemented.”
IPAL provides ready-to-use, peer reviewed content courtesy of Harvard Professor and Turning Technologies’ Chief Academic Advisor, Dr. Eric Mazur. Available content is accessible through an online database and comes from the collection of ConcepTests developed by Professor Mazur and his group to support the popular learning theory Peer Instruction. IPAL is used in many courses, including the introductory physics class at Harvard University. The question bank is also designed to allow users to upload and share original content for any course or discipline. The IPAL project is one of 29 Wave I grants from the Next Generation Learning Challenges, an initiative of EDUCAUSE funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Students can now use handled response devices, ResponseCard clickers to answer interactive questions posed during instruction. Results are instantly available and collected in detailed reports for analysis. ResponseCard clickers can be registered within IPAL. Ready-to-use questions, Moodle modules, user guide, instillation instruction and other resources will be hosted by ComPADRE, a National Science Digital Library for physics and astronomy educational resources.
For more information on IPAL or to obtain the free ResponseCard utility and the open source IPAL Moodle module, please visit www.compadre.org/ipal/.
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, more than half of all U.S. colleges and universities use Turning Technologies ResponseCard® clickers or ResponseWare® mobile response applications. 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 can be found at www.TurningTechnologies.com.
The IPAL project was created to increase student learning, critical thinking, and retention by increasing the use of in-class polling. Research has shown that greater student involvement and interaction supported by in-class polling increases student learning, especially in areas that involve critical thinking skills. In-class polling also enables the instructor to identify student understanding of a topic. When students’ learning needs are addressed in real time and the students are engaged in learning through interactive methodologies, in-course performance will improve.