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Poll Everywhere

Toronto Metropolitan University is currently piloting Poll Everywhere to faculty and staff for the 2023-2024 academic year, until June 2024.

What is Poll Everywhere?

Poll Everywhere is an online interactive polling platform that allows the audience to respond in real-time to questions displayed by the presenter. Responses can be received from a variety of devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. 

Poll Everywhere offers a wide variety of activity types for use in your presentations, including multiple choice, word cloud, clickable image, ranking and open-ended activities. A full list of activities is available on the create an activity page on the Poll Everywhere website (external link) .

The university wide Poll Everywhere license is free of charge for all TMU faculty or staff interested in administering polls. It can be used in meetings, workshops, events and class lectures and does not require students or participants to have a Poll Everywhere account.

Advantages of using Poll Everywhere 

By using the Poll Everywhere platform, you can:

  • Engage attendees at meetings, workshops, lectures or events;
  • Promote participation and gather live audience feedback;
  • Encourage active learning in classroom; and 
  • Assign grades based on a student’s answers or participation in activities.

The university-wide license also provides access to all premium Poll Everywhere features, including:

  • D2L Brightspace course integration, allowing faculty and contract lecturers to link Poll Everywhere activities to student grades in D2L Brightspace;
  • Integration with classroom tools, including Google Slides, PowerPoint, and Keynote;
  • Login using your TMU username and password;
  • Unlimited poll responses;
  • Access to reports and archived activity responses;
  • The ability to restrict responses to registered participants;
  • Moderation for incoming responses before they’re displayed on the screen; and
  • Sharing Poll Everywhere activities amongst your department or members of your team.

Getting Started 

  1. Visit the Poll Everywhere Homepage (external link) 
  2. Click on the Login button in the top right corner

3. Enter your university email address in the Email or username field and click Next.

4. Click on the Log in with Toronto Metropolitan University button.

5. Login to your account via CAS (Central Authentication Service), using your Toronto Metropolitan University username and password.

 Note: If you previously used Poll Everywhere with your old email address, you would have received an email invitation to join the enterprise account.

After clicking the “Accept Invitation” button in the email invite, please follow the steps below to join the university enterprise account:

  1. On the login page, enter your username or email address in the first field. Then click "Next".
  2. On the next screen, click "Use password instead" to login to your local off-license PollEv account, using the same password as before.
  3. Once you are logged into your local account on PollEv, please go back to the original email invitation and once again click the "Accept Invitation" button on that email.

After this point, you should be able to login to the university site license account using your Toronto Metropolitan University credentials.

Choose from a range of activity types: Multiple Choice, Word cloud, Clickable image, Open-ended, Ranking, etc.

Visit Poll Everywhere's create an activity (external link)  resource to learn more. 

Visit Poll Everywhere's present your activity (external link)  resource to learn how to activate your activity for responses.

Poll Everywhere can be used to track and grade participation. After you complete an activity, you can run a gradebook report – a table that displays a list of participants and how well they scored.

To run a gradebook report please follow these steps: 

  1. First, click on the Reports icon found on the left of the screen. It looks like a clipboard.
  2. Then click ‘Create a Report’ and choose which type of report you would like to make.If you want to see your participant’s scores, click the Gradebook Report option. 
  3. Next, open the ‘My activities’ folder and check off the activity you would like to create a report for. Click the Create Report button. 
  4. Download the CSV file of the report by clicking the download button on the bottom left corner. CSV files can be opened up and edited in a spreadsheet application like Excel or Google Sheets. 
  5. Visit Poll Everywhere's Gradebook Report Resource (external link)  for more information about this tool. 

Using Poll Everywhere in the classroom 

Poll Everywhere allows instructors to create activities that accompany their course materials, monitor their student’s participation and easily export student results from graded activities. Here are three main ways instructors can integrate Poll Everywhere into their teaching.

Poll Everywhere can be connected to the university's Brightspace LMS. This allows students to be registered as Poll Everywhere participants. Once you have collected activity results from students, you can also run a Gradebook report and export those results to Brightspace. 

Poll Everywhere activities can be embeded into your Google Slide presentations. 

Learn how to directly insert activities into Google Slides with Poll Everywhere's step-by-step guide.  (external link) 

Poll Everywhere activities can be integrated into your PowerPoint or Keynote presentations.

For more information, view Poll Everywhere's guides on Installing Poll Everywhere for Mac (external link)  and Poll Everywhere for Windows PowerPoint (external link) .

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