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Center for Innovative Learning: PollEverywhere

Background

About PollEverywhere

Starting in the Fall of 2021, we are piloting PollEverywhere for our polling needs. This pilot will provide licenses to all students and faculty to encourage more engagement, especially in large lecture classes.

Advantages

  • Easy to use
  • Present questions from the web anywhere
  • Embed questions in your PowerPoint presentation
  • Questions can be graded or ungraded
  • Each student has a unique account
  • Results are automatically tracked in your account
  • Results can be uploaded to Canvas
  • No cost for instructors or students

Disadvantages

  • Requires prep before and after class and some multi-tasking during class

How Does Polling Promote Learning?

Tools like PollEverywhere allow Instructors to pose questions to students "live" during class (face-to-face or online) and to receive responses from students in real time. This can help:

  • Increase student engagement
  • Cue student attention to lecture material
  • Promote retrieval and practice of new information
  • Increase student self-awareness and help them assess their understanding
  • Focus instructor attention on content that students don't understand

How to Convert TurningPoint Questions to PollEverywhere

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PollEverywhere has a built-in tool in its PowerPoint add-in that allows you to easily convert already-created TurningPoint or other clicker-ready slides into PollEverywhere activities. Depending on the activity, the existing slides will be converted into a multiple choice or open-ended activities. 

To convert your slides, first install the PowerPoint add-in, then follow the instructions linked above.

Resources for Instructors

Set Up a Poll Everywhere Account and Link to Canvas

All faculty at ACPHS have a presenter account on Poll Everywhere. You will log in with your normal ACPHS login information. If you are a new instructor or are having trouble, please email the Center for Innovative Learning.

If this is your first time using PollEverywhere for a course, you need to connect to Canvas and import your course roster. This creates the students accounts in PollEverywhere and links them to your course. Once that's done for each course, you'll be able to easily view student participation, see question results, and, if you'd like, export results to the Canvas gradebook. 

Download the Poll Everywhere PowerPoint Add In

After you have your Poll Everywhere presenter account, log in with your ACPHS credentials and get started creating activities!

Start Using Poll Everywhere

There are two ways to conduct polling with your students:

  1. Standalone Activities via the web
  2. PowerPoint Activities via the PollEverywhere add-in

Both of these ways store all your activities in the cloud, so they can be accessed from anywhere. Creating your questions on the web and then inserting them into your slides is the best way to get started.

PollEverywhere provides a great set of bite sized video tutorials to get started creating activities and conducting polls.

Download the Poll Everywhere PowerPoint Add In

Once you have created your activities, download the PowerPoint add-in for Windows to connect your activities to your slides.

Watch a Training

Poll Everywhere has offered ACPHS faculty and staff a basic one hour training for the tool. You can view the recording for those trainings on our Professional Development page.

Reach Out to Colleagues for Ideas

And check the ACPHS Faculty Resource List to see if there's someone with polling experience who might give you a hand.

Resources for Students

Poll Everywhere for Students

Students at ACPHS will be able to use Poll Everywhere (with no license purchase required!) to respond to activities. Responses are linked to class rosters, and logging in will simply use your ACPHS information.

Guides for Using Poll Everywhere

Getting Started

Logging in to Poll Everywhere at ACPHS

Responding to Questions

Viewing Responses and Grades

Common Troubleshooting Solutions

Readings

Readings

Egelandsdal, K., Krumsvik, R.J. Clickers and formative feedback at university lectures. Educ Inf Technol 22, 55–74 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-015-9437-x

Khanna, M. M., & Cortese, M. J. (2016). The benefits of quizzing in content-focused versus skills-focused coursesScholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 2(1), 87–97. https://doi.org/10.1037/stl0000051

Khanna, M. M. (2015). Ungraded Pop Quizzes: Test-Enhanced Learning Without All the AnxietyTeaching of Psychology42(2), 174–178. https://doi.org/10.1177/0098628315573144

Nevid, J. S., & Mahon, K. (2009). Mastery Quizzing as a Signaling Device to Cue Attention to Lecture MaterialTeaching of Psychology36(1), 29–32. https://doi.org/10.1080/00986280802529152

Resources for Admins