Canvas Sync and TurningPoint for Instructors (Clicker setup for courses)

The integration with CanvasĀ® allows for Turning Technologies users to leverage response devices (clickers) in class to easily collect student achievement data.

Syncing your Canvas courses allows you to easily import a roster of students from Canvas into TurningPoint and then export assessment data into Canvas.

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Registering an Instructor Account through Canvas

In order to link your Canvas Instructor account with your account, you must create your account through the registration link in Canvas. It is also important that you use your school email address for the registration process.
NOTE: Due to recent changes with Safari, please use Chrome, Firefox, or Edge to complete the registration process.

  1. Log into Canvas.
  2. Click Modules from the left menu. (You must set up the module first.)
  3. Click Turning Technologies Registration Link.
    • If a page to create your account does not appear, check your browser for blocked pop-ups.
      • Chrome will have a pop-up blocked notification in the address bar. Firefox and Edge allow the pop-up to open. Safari will not show any error. 
  4. Enter your school or organization email address ( and click Create.
  5. Check your email and click the link to verify your account.
  6. Enter all required fields as noted by the asterisks.
  7. You will use your UTK NetID password to login into your account.
  8. Select the box labeled "By checking this, you agree to comply with the End-User License Agreement and Terms of Use."
  9. Click Finish.
  10. Click Finish again.

Authenticating your Canvas Account

Authenticating your Canvas account enables you to sync, update, and/or export your courses.

  1. Go to and Sign In to your account.
  2. Under Available Courses click Sign In. If you have previously authenticated your account you may already see your courses.
  3. Sign in to Canvas.
  4. Click Authenticate. The Instructor Account dashboard opens.

Adding a Course from Canvas

  1. Go to and Sign In to your account.
  2. Under Available Courses, click Connect on each course you want to sync to TurningPoint.
  3. The courses will move to Current Courses.

The courses are synced and available within TurningPoint. You must authenticate your account before you will see any courses under Available Courses. Courses must be published before they will appear in TurningPoint.

Emailing Participants

Through the Canvas integration with an account, you can email participants to remind them that they need to create an account, register a license, or a device.

  1. Go to and Sign In to your account.
  2. Locate the Course you wish to email students.
  3. Click View.
  4. Click Email Students in the upper-righthand corner.
  5. Select desired option(s).
  6. Click Send.

The emails will only go out to those who need the option(s) chosen.

Downloading a Manual Course from Instructor Account

Manual courses and LMS Courses created/connected in Instructor Account are automatically downloaded upon signing in.

To refresh courses if needed, click the Refresh button from the Manage tab.

Updating Courses from Instructor Account

  1. Go to and Sign In to your account.
  2. Locate the Course to update.
  3. Click View.
  4. Click Update Course in the right-hand corner.
  5. Launch TurningPoint.
    The Course will automatically download the newest update upon launch of the application.

Using a Downloaded Course

A course list from an account can be loaded into TurningPoint to track participant results.

  1. Open TurningPoint and sign in to your account.
  2. From the Polling tab, select the course and the polling environment.
  3. Run and save the session.
  4. Close the polling environment to return to the TurningPoint Dashboard.

Uploading Grades to Canvas

Grades can be uploaded to Canvas directly from the course within the Manage tab.

  1. Open TurningPoint and sign in to your account.
  2. Select the Manage tab.
  3. Select the course.
  4. Click Upload Grades.

An account license is mandatory. If a participant does not purchase an account license, his or her score will show as an asterisk in all TurningPoint participant reports. Furthermore, his or her score will export as "0" to an Excel workbook and will not be exported to an LMS.

  1. Select the grade columns you want to upload and click Upload.
  2. The Task Window is displayed.


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