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Polls allow participants to express opinion or feedback their understanding quickly and easily.
Results can be displayed as a chart or percentage which allows the tutor to summarise them instantly.
Polls can be used for a quick gauge of understanding, confidence or opinion, or to re-cap learning. Polls can be useful to establish a starting point or provide a mini test of prior learning. They can also set the scene for the next part of your session or conclude a section.
You can use polls often throughout your session. They are easy to set up – but it's best to do that in advance.
Broadcast the results only when everyone has responded.
Give a summary of the results. You may like to take the opportunity to ask a learner why they chose a particular option. This is a good way to create a short discussion session.
Using Polls as Quizzes
Polls can also be used for quizzes or tests.
When you construct a quiz, be careful about the answer options you provide – don't make the ‘correct’ answer too obvious and don't use trick questions.