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Press Release: Virginia Commonwealth University to Enhance Learning with New Technology

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

Youngstown, OH – May 29, 2012 – Turning Technologies, the global leader in the assessment delivery and data collection industry, adds Virginia Commonwealth University to its list of institutions to standardize support around the company’s student response solutions. After the review of vendor presentations, Virginia Commonwealth University has selected ResponseCard® NXT as the centrally supported clicker device.

Virginia Commonwealth University is a large four-year public institution that enrolls more than 32,000 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 Virginia Commonwealth University, and more than 5,000 students are expected to adopt new ResponseCard NXT clickers in fall 2012.

The institution’s eight member evaluation committee based their decision on a clicker needs and requirements priority list. Turning Technologies’ overall solution was identified to best address the full range of uses among faculty members. Key deciding factors included compact receiver size, thorough training and product support, well developed pedagogical resources and a genuine concern for quality customer service.

Jeff Nugent, Co-Director in the Center for Teaching Excellence said, “Turning Technologies provided us with a flexible technology solution that could support the widest range of instructional options for our faculty. We were also excited about the vision Turning has for the future of response technologies, including a solid mobile option and an eye toward enhanced learning analytics that could be used to better understand how students are learning.”

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.
“Turning Technologies is pleased to provide higher education institutions with intuitive tools that support research-based instructional strategies proven to increase student outcomes,” said Dr. Tina Rooks, Turning Technologies’ Vice President & Chief Instruction Officer. “With critical performance indicators such as retention and graduation rates becoming top institutional priorities, the value of immediate assessment available with our technology becomes increasingly vital to the educational process with a positive impact on student 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, more than four 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 www.TurningTechnologies.com.

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