Teaching with Student Response Systems

Best Practices of Polling in Teaching!!


FAQ website – Step-by-Step Instructions on Poll Everywhere


Best Practices in Teaching and Learning

  • Provide a reason for using polling questions
  • Always provide a learning goal as part of the assessment
  • Align challenging and important questions to the student learning outcomes within your class
  • Allow for peer discussion and active learning
  • Breakup your questions throughout your course delivery
  • Provide sufficient time for discourse and responses
  • Emphasize the value of respecting ideas and other reasonings – respect
  • Through the use of polling responses, you are gathering attendance data
  • Start with a low-stake poll or current knowledge question
  • Reduce the showing of the histograms
  • Remove the use of “trick” questions
  • Use real-life scenarios/case studies/everyday examples within your questions
  • Utilize group responses for think, pair, and share exercises
  • Based on responses do re-polling if responses are widely incorrect

Benefit of Using Poll Everywhere for Attendance and Responses

By using polling questions in your class, you will be able to challenge students through:

  • Understanding the content through active learning
  • Seeing the purpose and flow of the content
  • Increase in participation, discussion with their peers
  • Consistent attendance
  • Assessing their content knowledge
  • Meaningful faculty-to-student interaction
  • Greater student-to-student interaction
  • Deeper student-to-content interaction
  • Faculty feedback (understanding the knowledge transfer)
  • Problem practice and development
  • Opportunities for anonymous responses
  • Removal of misconceptions of content
  • Think, Pair, Share responses (peer instructions)