Technology that enables students to answer questions instantly and anonymously can be refered to as:

  • Electronic Voting systems,
  • eVoting
  • Personal Response System (PRS),
  • Classroom polling,
  • Instant voting
  • Classroom Response Systems (CRS)

At the LSE, we offer the Turning Point software as a supported system.  Alternatives are available and we may be able to advise if they are more useful to you, depending what it is you want to do.

  • Good questions can lead to class-wide discussions, allowing students to explain new concepts to each other, encouraging learning convesations and peer instruction.
  • Instant voting can encourage active learning and increased engagement by getting students to interact and participate, going some way towards student-centred learning in the context of increasing class sizes.
  • PRS adds an element of the “Socratic method”, progressing students’ understanding through
    questioning their preconceptions and allowing students to come to conclusions by themselves
  • Anonymity can put students at ease – no fear of “being seen” to answer incorrectly or to admit not to have understood something
  • Immediate feedback can be used for agile teaching which is flexible and responsive.
  • Diagnostic assessment can provide instant feedback on the understanding of a topic giving teachers flexibility to address problems immediately or change material (following lectures, seminars) according to students’ needs.
  • Assessment for learning, feedback collected post-session allows teachers to review content, and can help track student progression.
  • Quick polls break up the monotony of one-way lectures (and give teaches a break from speaking). Giving students the opportunity to work with your content, aiding comprehension, retention and meaning making.

Anonymous voting can be used for:

  • Peer instruction: Allow students to discuss & defend their answers to a problem, vote again to see improvement.
  • Agile teaching: change direction according to the mood/ choices/ level of understanding
  • Establishing baseline: initial gauging of where student knowledge is at
  • Improving attentiveness: engaging students more actively with the material by asking questions in regular intervals
  • Instant feedback: on understanding, opinions, attitudes, e.g.; also allows teachers to review their own material (collected post-session)

At conferences & events:

  • Poll your audiences on issues arising from your research or discussions
  • Engage with quiz games & reward for speed and accuracy

For advice on how to create well-formed and relevant questions, or help on using the system, please contact

Teachers create interactive polling question slides in PowerPoint using the TurningPoint plugin.  Students answer using their own devices that allow them to go online (smartphone, tablets, laptops). The results are automatically entered into the same slide after students have answered. Teachers and students can then review and discuss the results.

We do not support these officially, but we can give general advice on a variety of these. Contact if you would like to discuss your needs and ideas using TurningPoint or alternatives or a combination of both. 
PollEverywhere – is free to use for up to 40 people per poll

Socrative: Online polling system/ mobile device app polling system, free account for up to 50 students per session (“room”).

Plickers – A “low” tech alternative which does not require students to own or use devices; instead they hold up cards and the lecturer scans the room with an app on their phone.


You will need instructor access in order to use TurningPoint. Please contact to set you up.

A current version of the “TurningPoint Cloud” software is available on all LSE teaching computers in classrooms and lecture theatres. Search for it via the Home button on the PC and give it some time to install the first time you do this.

To prepare the slides on your office computer, click on the windows button and search for “software centre”, then download TurningPoint. For step by step instructions on how to do this visit the IMT website.

If you encounter any problems with the installation of the software, please contact the Service Desk (ext. 5000)

On your Mac, or on your private laptop or computer, you can visit turning and login with the instructor access – then click on downloads at the top of the webpage and choose whichever version (Mac or PC) you need. However, this is now a higher version than the campus wide one, we are upgrading the campus version Summer 2019.


Once you have the TurningPoint software on your machine open the programme. The dashboard will give you the option to poll, to create content in Powerpoint or directly in TurningPoint. (Note, the screenshots in this guide will be updated once the LSE has upgraded to version 8).

Polling Dashboard

Use TurningPoint with PowerPoint

Click on the PowerPoint Polling column, which will call up PowerPoint with TurningPoint integrated as a ribben menu. You can then create interactive slides from this menu.

Create your interactive question slides by clicking on new and choosing a question type (e.g. multiple choice). Then simply put the question into the title and add answers into the text box.


Use the slide preferences menue for more interactive slide options. You can choose to allow multiple responses, add scoring options and mark answers as correct or incorrect, for example.


Step by step video tutorials are also available on

Open TurningPoint you will be asked to login with your instructor account details. From the dashboard, click on the PowerPoint Polling tab on the left. Go to File and find your PowerPoint.

Reset all slides. When all the charts are flat, i.e. no bars are showing you are ready to go live.


Click on the ResponseWare button. Generate a random session ID. Make sure you tell your students the Session ID so that they can join your poll


N.B. Make sure you don’t tick “require participant accounts” and if you want to make it neater for students choose “don’t show” for session login information. All of this can be set from the ‘Session options’ button which can be found after clicking polling (as mentioned above).


You can then close this screen (not “end session”). Your session remains “live” until you logout again or log off the computer. Participants can now join your session online or via the website or mobile app. Poll questions will show online and in their phone app as they appear in the presentation.

Show the presentation. When you come to a question slide, the showbar will be on the screen. When the poll is open, the right hand side will be green. When you close the poll, so that no more answers can be submitted, it will be red.



Students can use any web browser to participate by going to which should take them to where they can enter in the Session ID to join your poll.

responseware-sign in

This session ID may be one you have reserved earlier or you are given afresh each time.

Students may be asked or shown a screen to enter profile information, but they can leave it blank and choose JOIN SESSION without entering anything. This can be prevented from appearing by the presenter in settings (see above).

Make sure you run through your TurninPoint presentation ahead of your teaching so you are familar with the process. If you have any queries contact


Printable guide to using TurningPoint


Derek Bruff’s blog. This blog accompanies a book called “teaching with classroom response systems”, a comprehensive guide about using instant voting systems in education.

Bruff, D. (2009). Teaching with classroom response systems: Creating active learning environments. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Mazur, E. (1997). Peer Instruction: A User’s Manual, Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-565441-6 has lots of useful resources on his website