When I advance past an embedded poll in PowerPoint, deactivate the poll
Basically what the title says - it's really slick that a poll activates as soon as I move to its slide in PowerPoint, but when I advance to the next slide after the poll, the poll remains active and people may still be responding. I'd like to see it where it's only active while the poll's slide is being presented.
This is a tough one. We’ve had a couple other folks ask for this as well. There’s a couple reasons we’ve been reluctant to make this change
- first, we really want to make sure that the audience is able to reply. Getting that feedback is the core part of our service so we try to be more lenient in that direction vs. harder time restrictions
- second, it’s fairly common (and easy) for presenters to accidentally skip forward a slide and then go back. And, we don’t want to
Those are the two big ones. We could add a toggle to switch whether we default to de-activate when you leave a poll slide. However, it’s a lot more complexity and a bit risky for us to maintain two different versions for how Activation works since it is such a core part of our entire workflow.
So, it’s certainly not out of the question if more our customers ask for it. Thanks for the feedback!
I think this is a really important one. If you use PE in academic settings, you don't necessarily want to leave the poll up after advancing the slide. Locking is a way to prevent votes before you show the correct answer, but automatic deactivation is crucial in my opinion. It could be an issue during class, but the real problem arises while PREPARING classes. At least I go back and forth in my slides during class preparation. If I go past a poll and forget to deactivate it (and always having to do that is pain in the rear), savvy students might just check my poll website and already know the question(s) for the next class.
There are a bunch of things like this that suggest PE is not really designed with classroom use in mind.