Polling is a great method to break up lectures, webinars, or even written content. We have a few options for polling that are available: Poll Everywhere and polling in Zoom.
Here are some introductory resources on how to use Poll Everywhere and Zoom in your classroom and videos:
Polling, used in the correct circumstances, can be an interactive tool to engage your learners. However, polling should not get in the way of the learning experience. Here are some resources that can help you decide when and how to use polling in your online classroom:
One overlooked part of including polling in a class is writing good polling questions. If you have written survey questions for research, the same principles apply. However, if you have not written survey questions, or need a refresher, here are some tips:
Don’t ask two questions at once.
This may seem obvious but it’s very easy to make this mistake. It’s better to break a question into two if you find a question that asks the user two things at once.
Avoid negative wording – It is very difficult to understand what is being asked.
Don’t answer the question for the user. Specifically avoid leading questions.
Avoid wordiness. Keep the questions as brief as possible.
If you find that your questions are very long, consider adding the extra information to the course content.
For multiple-choice questions, make sure you can list all the conceivable options.
For example, a question on favorite foods would be a bad choice for multiple choice unless you had an “other” choice. Ex: What is your favorite leisure activity?
What is your favorite day to do your favorite leisure activity?
Don’t force answers
Unless it’s tied to a course grade, do not force the students to answer a polling question. Some people choose not to participate, and that’s ok. If one doesn’t want to participate in an opinion or thoughts question and they are forced to do so, it might create frustration.
Here are some resources on how to write good polling questions: