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Electronic voting and the new desktop

By Martin Burrow, on 22 November 2013

Over the summer an new desktop service ‘Desktop@UCL ‘was rolled out to all Cluster room, Lecture Theatre and Kiosk PCs. As part of this project the version of the software used with electronic voting was upgraded from version 4.3.2 (also known as TurningPoint 2008) to version 5.2.1

If you have a personal installation of TurningPoint 2008, we recommend that you upgrade it to version 5.2.1 The download for TurningPoint 5.2.1 can be found on the Software Database.


Unfortunately presentations created in one version cannot be run in the other version. If you attempt to open a presentation created in TurningPoint 2008, in TurningPoint 5.2.1, it will prompt you to convert the file, which is a one way process. There is no backwards conversion process for presentations created in 5.2.1, back to version 4.3.2 (TurningPoint 2008). If you have presentations created in TurningPoint 2008 that you want to be able to use on either version, then the best advice is to make two copies of the file. Label one ‘2008’ and use it with TurningPoint 2008, the other label ‘521’ and use with TurningPoint 5.2.1

There are updated user guides for creating and delivering presentations with the new software here

Creating a presentation with TurningPoint

Delivering a presentation with TurningPoint

Support pages for Electronic voting as a whole are here


E-Learning Environments is happy to provide 1:1 and small group support. In particular we can usually offer to support staff the first time they use E voting in action, which can provide much reassurance and confidence. We are also happy to advise on ways in which EVS can be used within teaching and on the design of effective voting questions.

If you have any questions about the use of Electronic Voting then please contact E-Learning Environments.


One Response to “Electronic voting and the new desktop”

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    uclisd wrote on 22 November 2013:

    RT @UCL_ELE: Electronic voting and the new desktop: Over the summer an new desktop service ‘Desktop@UCL ‘was rolle… http://t.co/bok4SgC4ME

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