Engaging students with TurningPoint and Mentimeter

What is an Audience Response System?

An Audience Response System (ARS) allows presenters (either staff or students) to 'ask the audience' and get participants to vote or answer questions whilst attending a lecture or presentation.

Significant benefits can be achieved with the use of an Audience Response System (ARS). Polling anonymously allows students to respond, see the outcome of the poll, and compare their own response to the correct answer without introducing the element of peer pressure. Introducing audience participation can help create an interactive, engaging, and fun learning environment.

Tutors and learners get the benefit of seeing the results immediately, generating quick feedback, analysis and further discussion to clarify any misunderstood materials and concepts. The results of polls can be stored and used later for course evaluation or pre and post-testing.

Some studies have suggested that the use of Audience Response Systems in the classroom can improve attentiveness and even increase knowledge retention. Polls and quizzes are simple to create and deploy, adding value to lectures and workshops.

Benefits for students

  • Anonymous polling
  • Interactive and fun learning environment
  • Immediate feedback
  • Improve attentiveness
  • Able to use own personal devices

Benefits for tutors

  • Improve attentiveness and engagement
  • Pre-study and post-study diagnostic testing
  • Create an interactive and fun learning environment
  • Confirm audience understanding of key points immediately
  • Gather data for reporting and analysis
  • Track individual responses
  • Aid critical thinking – take a poll at the beginning of a session, discuss an issue, then take a poll towards the end and note the difference in students’ attitudes
  • No longer have to book and carry around equipment
  • More in-depth responses through text based feedback

Want to use Mentimeter in your teaching?

Use polls, quizzes, and word clouds to interact with your students and increase engagement.

University of Plymouth provides staff with access to a pro account. If you would like to register to have a Mentimeter pro account, please visit the sign-up page below:

After registering, you will receive an automated email to your registered email to complete the verification process. If you don’t receive this email within a few minutes, please also check your junk folder.

If you wish to learn more about using Mentimeter in your teaching, please contact the Digital Education team.

Want to use TurningPoint in your teaching?

If you would like to try TurningPoint or use it with your own students, then please contact the Digital Education team at digi-ed@plymouth.ac.uk.

The Digital Education team currently have 10 TurningPoint licenses, allowing up to 250 responses per license and 250+ TurningPoint clickers available for testing purposes and loan.

If you wish to use TurningPoint in your teaching, please contact us with the times you wish to use it and we'll send you more details.

Case study

TurningPoint has been used at the University of Plymouth for the past decade on many programmes, so we have compiled a case study which demonstates how staff have been using TurningPoint polling in sessions to enhance participation.