[teknoids] Seeking insight on an audience response system

MOORE, GARY GMOORE at law.sc.edu
Thu May 30 14:36:11 EDT 2019

We use Poll Everywhere as well at UofSC and we have basically the same answers that Corinne said below to each of the questions, sans the support because we haven't really needed support.   One of our faculty members who teaches Professional Responsibility has two "Jeopardy" classes per semester and the reporting feature is very important to her because the jeopardy classes are part of their student grade.

We also have some faculty use iClickers because they have a license with the university and the faculty members gets a bay station when they sign their class up for it and then the students just purchase a clicker, which they can sell back to the bookstore.  Faculty who use them like that in part because some of them are faculty that ban laptops from the classroom (let's not go there, OK) but still want to have student response/feedback in classes.



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From: Teknoids <teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net> On Behalf Of St. Claire, Corinne
Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:49 PM
To: Teknoids <teknoids at lists.teknoids.net>
Subject: Re: [teknoids] Seeking insight on an audience response system

Hi, all!

We use PollEverywhere and have really enjoyed it so far.  We've had a subscription for 2-3 years now.  All faculty & staff have accounts, and students either use it ad hoc in the classroom or pre-register for a course, depending on faculty preference. Our main campus recently got their own subscription after sharing ours because they wanted to integrate it with their instance of Brightspace.  Eventually, we'll combine.

1. Which system do you use?  PollEverywhere
2. What are your challenges? Keeping the ppt ad-on up to date in classrooms.  Making sure faculty have the latest version installed on work vs. home machines when they create their PPT/Google Slide files.  The "competitions" mode can sometimes malfunction, but overall, the polling and surveying options work great.
3. What features work well? Our most commonly used polls are multiple choice, open-ended, and clickable image.  We also appreciate that students don't have to carry around a separate device just for polling.  It's also handy to have polling available for events, not just classes.
4. What features are MUST-haves? As an admin, I appreciate the reporting options.  Our faculty appreciate being able to embed polls in PPT.  Our events staff like the ability to have a digital, moderated Q&A during panels.

5. How is support from your vendor?  Do you need it often?  Excellent!  I actually have faculty who contact PollEv directly and feel like they get the support they need.  We tend to get more functional or design calls, e.g. "Which type of poll would work best for X?"  The few times we've needed to call support ourselves, we received prompt support.

6. How long did it take to setup? Minutes?  I think the challenge has been deciding whether to only use web-based answers or also having the texting option open for a poll.  Students seem to like the PollEv app, but most use the website to respond to polls (if laptops are allowed in the classroom).  Event guests tend to text in answers over downloading the app.  As for setup in our rooms, it's a quick download and install.

Happy to talk more if anyone has additional questions. :)


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From: Teknoids <teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net<mailto:teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net>> on behalf of Phillip C. Bohl <phillip.bohl at pepperdine.edu<mailto:phillip.bohl at pepperdine.edu>>
Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 4:53 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: [teknoids] Seeking insight on an audience response system

We are looking at polling systems.  We are aware of several options: CALI Instapoll, TWEN polling, Turning Point, iClicker, PollEverywhere, Top Hat, and many, many more.  We have experience with the older version of TurningPoint but little else.

We are specifically looking for insight in the following areas:

1. Which system do you use?
2. What are your challenges?
3. What features work well?
4. What features are MUST-haves?
5. How is support from your vendor?  Do you need it often?
6. How long did it take to setup?

Feel free to answer off-list.  We'll be glad to share our findings with all interested parties.

Thank you in advance for your input.

See you soon at CALI?

Pepperdine Law
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