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Classroom polling allows you to quickly gather students' responses to a question. Polling is a great way to engage all students in your class, rather than just the most outspoken. Sharing the results with the class builds community and helps students check their own understanding. In a flex classroom, polling can be a key part of your strategy to engage both your in-person and remote students at the same time.
This multiple choice poll demonstrates a quick icebreaker used in a Chicago Quarter class meant to warm students up to class participation. It was also used to demonstrate to students that if they are thinking about changing majors, they aren’t alone.
This word cloud demonstrates an open-ended question asked by the instructor before sending students into breakout rooms for small group discussion. Once in breakout rooms, students were asked to discuss the results of the open-ended question, select 3 words to focus on, and then give a 1-2 minute presentation to the class. After the presentations, this instructor incorporated a second poll (below) so that the class could vote on which word had been advocated for most effectively.
Source: Kathryn Ibata-Arens’ Spring 2021 States, Markets, & Societies.
This multiple choice poll demonstrates how polling can be used for formative assessment to gauge whether or not this material should be covered again in class or if students are mostly understanding this concept.
You may have used Zoom’s
built-in polling feature, which allows you to pose multiple-choice questions to your students in a Zoom meeting. While it has limited functionality, it may meet your needs. However, Zoom polling only works if all of your students are in Zoom. In most Flex classes, students will be in both a physical classroom and in Zoom, so
Poll Everywhere is a better option.
Here are some key considerations for Zoom Polling and Poll Everywhere:
Integrated into Zoom meetings for remote students. In-person students must join Zoom meeting to participate, which is quite complicated*
Separate application for everyone, accessible through web browser or phone
Multiple-choice, free response, and clickable image questions, plus response upvoting and competitions
Can track individual students’ responses if students are logged into Zoom
Can track individual students’ responses if you have enabled registration
Can enable anonymous responses
Cannot designate correct answers
Can designate correct responses for information and/or grading
Students cannot access questions after class
Students can access questions after class as a “study guide”
*Important Note: Whenever you have students in the classroom joining the Zoom meeting, it is very important that they do not “Join Audio” for the meeting. If either their microphone or device speakers are enabled, it will create an overwhelming audio distortion or cut off meeting audio entirely.
While we have found that a free Poll Everywhere account meets the needs of many instructors, DePaul does have a limited licenses for premium accounts. You should
request a premium account if
Many instructors see multiple-choice questions as limited to testing students’ recall of facts. However, multiple-choice clicker questions can actually serve many other purposes in the class, including assessing students’ higher-order thinking skills. Since clicker questions can be used not only to assess students but to engage them, some very effective clicker questions are quite different than multiple-choice questions that might appear on exams.
Teaching with a CRS can take a number of directions. Teachers will want to match activities to course content, time constraints, learning objectives, and their own teaching styles. Some possibilities for CRS activities include the following, listed more or less in order of increasing levels of student engagement.