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Poll Everywhere: What Activity (Poll) Type Should You Use?


November 2022


Poll Everywhere is a web-based technology that allows audience members to engage in interactive presentations, polls, virtual classrooms, and other learning tools.  It can be used anytime, anywhere (with internet connection) and on any electronic device. 

Create diverse activities to maintain participants’ attention, gather powerful insight, conduct pulse checks, and hear from everyone in real time.

These examples will help you determine which activity type to use to turn your next class or meeting into an effective, interactive experience:

  1. Multiple Choice
  • Fast, formative assessment
    Use multiple-choice to bring attention back to the topic at hand. It provides an instant snapshot of learning and alerts the instructor when further explanation is required.
  • One-minute attendance
    Multiple choice activities make it easy to take attendance. Designate the correct response, perhaps a word of the day, and allow thirty seconds for students to tap their answers.
  1. Word Cloud
  • Gauge the impact
    Before-and-after activity: Begin with a word cloud activity to collect student impressions of a topic.  End with the same word cloud activity to learn how much those impressions have changed during discussion.
  • Sentiment check
    A word cloud is the fastest way to identify prevailing attitudes and opinions about a topic. It can also be used to gradually reach a consensus; the most used word grows larger as discussion continues.
  1. Q&A
  • Prioritize questions and ideas
    Q&A activity combines an open response question with up and downvoting. Students submit questions or ideas, then rank others. Because there is no hand-raising, students can ask questions or post ideas without fear of embarrassment.
  • Mock leadership panel Q&A
    Assign a group of students to play the role of subject matter experts or world leaders. Encourage the remaining students to question them using a class ranked Q&A activity.
  1. Clickable Image
  • Map answers on a spectrum
    When the answer lies somewhere between A and B, a clickable image gives students the freedom to plot answers on a continuum.
  • Practice medical diagnosis
    Upload a diagnostic image and prompt students to pinpoint the abnormality on their own devices. The activity allows the instructor to designate correct and incorrect regions.
  1. Survey
  • Quiz students during or after class. If you have a group of activities that you would like to turn into an asynchronous quiz, you have the option of turning it into a Survey.
  1. Open-Ended Questions
  • Keep an open backchannel
    Leave an open-ended activity running in the background, so students can quietly raise questions and comments without interrupting the flow of instruction.
  • Hold a silent discussion
    Give students the prompt or question to discuss, then watch their responses appear together on the screen.
  1. Rank Order
  • Reorder ideas or topics
    A rank order question allows students to drag a set of options into the desired order. It can be used to rank options by preference, chronologically, by priority, or any order the instructor assigns.
  • Rank for impact
    Ask students to evaluate cause and effect by ranking a list of forces or events by the magnitude of their impact on a culture, era, or historical movement.

All UTHSC faculty and staff are eligible for a Poll Everywhere pro account with full access.  Please submit your request or questions here, Tech Connect Report an Issue.

Visit this link for more information: https://support.polleverywhere.com/hc/en-us