Reimplement Response Count Display on Instructions Screen/Tab
The ability to display the response counter on the instructions screen/tab seems to have been deprecated, but having this is an important pedagogical tool. Having the counter on the instructions screen specifically is important, because it allows instructors to see this information without displaying answers to the class. The counter remains available on the results screen, but if results are displayed live while students are answering, students will often choose the most popular choice without thinking for themselves, reducing learning. Our instructors value the results counter for a few reasons.
1) Seeing the number of responses allows them to be efficient – if students are answering more quickly than expected, instructors can move forward in the class and use valuable time for teaching as opposed to waiting for answers that have already been given.
2) Instructors can see if students are having trouble (fewer answers coming in slowly), and pause the timer or add more time to allow for more student consideration, discussions, and learning.
3) Seeing how quickly responses come in gives an idea of how confident students are in their answers and how long it takes them to work through their thought processes.
In summary, without the response counter on the instructions screen, classtime is spent less efficiently, and teachers have a more limited understanding of student learning and ability to tailor their instruction to the needs of their classes.
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Jessica Adams commented
Well said Chris. I'll also add that the response counter allows instructors to gauge the percentage of student responses before viewing/discussing them. I utilize the response counter on the instruction page to time when to show my results (instead of using a timer). I wait until I have a large percentage of responses (the majority of the class) and without the counter, I am clueless as to how many students have responded.