How can we improve Poll Everywhere?

Track time to submit a response

It would be great to have a feature to measure how long it takes for someone to submit a response to a poll question. We are thinking of it in the context of a clickable image poll where we would ask the participant to find something in the image and see how long it takes them to do so.

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    Melanie Preston shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    That could be cool and an interesting piece of data for folks. I’m not sure how many people would really be interested though.

    Do you think it would work if we only displayed this on the CSV (Excel) download our reports? We have limited space available on the web view and I don’t think we can fit this without sacrificing a lot.

    Otherwise, the closest thing we can easily track is the amount of time that has elapsed since the poll was made active until the response was received. This won’t always be accurate because a presenter could activate/deactivate and re-activate a single poll question during a presentation but should generally be accurate.

    Would that be enough for y’all?

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      • ryan mcdonald commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Brian. Being able to see this information in the CSV would work for me and would be greatly appreciated. I agree that we don't want to clutter up the web view with this info.

        In my specific use case, I've been running a series of five or six poll questions with a large audience (over 100 people). The respondents aren't registered, so the first poll question I ask them is to enter their name so we can identify the winner. Once the audience completes the last poll question, I quickly run a gradebook report and download the CSV file to see who answered the most number of questions correctly. Because it's a small number of poll questions and a large number of respondents, there is always a large number of people who are 'tied' for first place. I realize that the tied respondents are rank-ordered by total time they took to answer all of the poll questions, but it would be really useful for me to see exactly how much time they took. Things can get really competitive in these situations, so it would be great for me to be able to tell the group how many seconds the winner won by in the event of a multiple-respondent tie.

      • Jenna Maker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am interested in finding out how much time the students spend answering a poll (ideally, in seconds). I have the concern that many students simply select any answer as soon as the question becomes available without thinking through it, so I was interested in looking into time spent. Right now, If I go under individual student response history, I can see when they submitted their answer (hours, minutes, and seconds) but, in order to calculate the time spent, I also need to know when exactly I made the poll available and I am unable to do that. Thank you for your consideration!

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