Author – Laura Hollinshead
At the last TEL me more session Keith Perch talked about his use of the tool Poll Everywhere getting students to identify keywords from their readings and collaborate to create news headlines using these words.
Poll Everywhere allows you to create a variety of question types (Multiple Choice, True False, Free response, clickable images and brainstorming poll) and pose these live to students. Students can then respond via SMS message, a website or the app and the results will then appear live on the screen. This can be done on the website, in Google slides (via a Google Chrome extension) or within your PowerPoint presentation (although this requires the PollEV Presenter App to be installed and this is not currently available on University machines). The free version allows you to create as many polls as you want but you can only receive 25 responses per poll.
Some educational institutions have purchased a site wide license for Poll Everywhere which allows them access to tools which can provide reports, grading, moderation options and even team competitions. Here is an example from the University of West London where a lecturer has been using Poll Everywhere to enhance lecture sessions on teaching sessions about research methods. Jayne Morgan from City University London has also used it during an UG Diagnostic Radiography programme. As it is science based a lot of explanation is required but with a large cohort of 60, it can be hard to see if you are losing their understanding in some cases. For this reason Poll Everywhere is used for revision after topics have been delivered in lectures. Jayne uses Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and open ended cluster questions, although she finds it is best to hide the response to MCQs initially until most have responded, otherwise students copy the answer of the majority. Cluster questions are useful as they can show wrong answers which imply misunderstandings and therefore any issues can be addressed in class. The overall impression is that students find it very useful and have asked for more.
Currently Learning Enhancement are reviewing a number of the polling tools available to investigate whether there is a need to make a tool like this available for staff to use and which of these tools provides the right features to fit the needs of learning and teaching staff here at the University.