Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a web-based tool which can be used to gather ideas, test knowledge or canvas the opinion of a large group of students, with users responding via the Poll Everywhere mobile app, website, Twitter or text message. Poll Everywhere has a range of different question types that teaching staff can integrate into teaching sessions including mutliple choice, open ended, word clouds and clickable images.

A Poll Everywhere Presenter add-in is also available for PowerPoint which allows you to embed your polls in your PowerPoint presentations and display live results slides. This add-in is available on all university teaching computers and can be downloaded onto university-owned staff computers from the Software Centre. Poll Everywhere also integrates with Google Slides and Keynote.

 

What can Poll Everywhere do?

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Allows you to pose a range of different questions - multiple choice, open ended questions and clickable images, among others.

Create team based quizzes to gamify your teaching.

Display live results to discuss during teaching sessions.

Integrates with PowerPoint, Google Slides and Keynote allowing you to embed questions within existing presentations.

Able to use LaTeX when authoring questions.

Benefits for learning

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Provides students with anonymity when answering questions, reducing self-consciousness and encouraging engagement.

Encourages communication between students, prompts discussion and peer instruction.

Creates a dialogue between students and teaching staff allowing you to quickly gather feedback.

Allows you to identify gaps in students’ knowledge and quickly address these.

Limitations
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Students need a mobile device or computer to respond (though the practice of students sharing devices and discussing answers has been shown to have significant learning benefits - see research by Harvard University’s Professor Eric Mazur summarised in this article).


Time needed to create questions.

Students on pay-as-you-go contracts will be charged the standard network rate when responding via text.

Training and support

If you would like to recieve training on Poll Everywhere or would like to be added as a user to the University's licence, please contact tel@sussex.ac.uk.

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