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  1. Create a timer for surveys that limits the amount of time a participant has to respond.

    I have heard this idea from a couple of educators and corporate trainers. Everyone is very excited about our new survey tools, and they would like to be able to use Surveys to make timed assessments. I think this would be a serious undertaking given how surveys work currently, but it would be cool!

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    • 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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        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?

      • Add sound to the countdown timer

        Can you put in some sound options when the countdown timer gets to 00:00. I have a couple of audience members who are colorblind and several have said that hearing a bell would let them know that time was up, if they weren't looking at the screen

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          Is your audience generally responding by the web on their phones or are they responding by text message?

          I ask because we have a longterm goal (hopefully sometime this year) to add the countdown time to the web response page on the audience’s phone and to have this timer work with screenreader and other accessibility devices. Do you think that would solve the problem?

        • Nested groups of polls

          I hear this is in the works, but being able to have groups of polls INSIDE other group would make managing hundreds of polls much easier to navigate and deal with. THANKS!!

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          • Q&A poll- Disable voting until later

            Idea summited from Craig Smith to create a feature for Q&A poll so moderator can to disable the voting and turn it on when all of the ideas / items have been generated

            Craig says this is good practice when doing idea generation is to generate ideas THEN vote on them. It's really hard with large groups to get them to stay away from the voting buttons during the idea generation phase.

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            • Hide responses from audience

              There should be a way for the instructor to view the student responses without sharing the responses with the audience. This is important for 2 reasons. First, students will wait until others have responded and choose the most popular answer. Second, if student do poorly on a question but still don't know the answer, the instrutor can give the students another opportunity to answer the question but allow them to work in groups.

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                Would you typically have a second device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) on hand while you are teaching class?

                You can use our Hide Results feature right now to show the instructions and answer choices, but hide the chart/results from students on the big screen. And, pair this with our mobile app or mobile website to see the results as they come in on either a secondary computer or your phone. If most of the students are getting the wrong answer > you can clear the results OR create a new question on-the-fly > and ask that right from your phone.

                For details on our mobile presentation app: https://www.polleverywhere.com/guides/presenter/tips-and-tricks#polling-without-a-projector

                And, for details on hiding the results with Instruction View: https://www.polleverywhere.com/guide#presenting-your-poll

              • Geofencing

                Prevent people from outside a room from sending a poll link by using geofencing, which would remove the need for registered users. In some
                Community settings participants are reluctant to register

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                • Presenters to custom a daily unlock, lock and clear

                  If one poll or survey is being used for multiple sessions, instead of manually going to My Polls every time to clear responses, to have a feature of creating a recurring auto-unlock, auto-lock and auto-clear responses for polls and surveys (an alarm clock feature)

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                  • Presenters would like to be able to accept Latex responses in open ended polls.

                    University users love Latex, and they would like to get the students in on the action.

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                    • Support split view on iPad app

                      Please support split view on the iPad! 8 currently project my iPad to a classroom and use the app Perfect Browser, which has a video out mode wherein the iOS interface is hidden and only the content of the web page is shown. If PE supported split view, I could keep it on the right side of my iPad screen and see poll results without showing them to the students.

                      I sincerely hope the PE developers can add this!

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                      • Allow anonymous poll with no responses to be changed

                        It would be nice to be able to change an anonymous poll to an identified poll so long as the poll does not have any responses (e.g. it is still in creation phase).

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                          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Yeah, I understand that one. I know I’ve clicked the anonymous button and then later regretted it as well. We try to put a scary pop up warning, but it still happens.

                          It’s difficult for us to convert a poll back because we take our anonymity very seriously. Once that warning is accepted we immediately scramble any responses to that poll and then put a lock that prevents the poll from recording the name/email of any future responses. We’re literally destroying where we would store the identifiable information for the poll and to convert back we’d have to re-create those tables which is a tricky and slow process. And, we’re hesitant to open a way for someone to hack that information.

                          That said, certainly if we get a lot of requests for this we will work on it. In the meantime, I just recommend being careful with the anonymous button…

                        • Ability to change case of letters in word cloud

                          Not sure why there is no option to prevent the word cloud from changing everything to lower case. Could at least be a moderated option. This is a hindrance in Tech oriented settings where participants often enter acronyms into the cloud... just looks strange when you have a system names CATS and it shows up as cats...

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                            Well, it’s tough but I definitely understand what you mean. Our dream is to have some Natural Language Processing to automatically determine a lot of these responses. It’s a tough computing problem for Google and Apple with their AIs…and us too!

                            We don’t want our wordclouds to be straight case sensitive because most phones will autocorrect to be autocase and you don’t want “Cats” to show up either, or just the first word of each sentence and we chose to default to lowercase because it is standard in the word cloud industry.

                            Some acronyms are obvious like SUV should always be capitalized, but words like “cats” could be either depending on the context.

                            We will tackle it in time and hopefully sooner than later. If we get a lot of interest in this over some other cool stuff we’re working on, we will definitely switch priorities. Let us know if…

                          • Weighted Poll

                            We want to present 10 ideas and have the participants rank them in order of importance. When the participants finish ranking them they will be weighted by order i.e. my first choice is worth 10 points, my second choice is worth 9 points and so on.

                            This will so a true ranking poll of what my participants believe to be most to least imporatant

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                              Well, we do not have a way to do this right now out of the box, but there are a few workarounds.

                              The first is that you can use our Ranking Poll which allows folks to drag/drop the answer choices to their selected rank order. This will apply the set number of “points” on the backend depending on the number of answer choices. So, if you have 5 answer choices > then when someone ranks one option first > it gets 5 points > 2nd place gets 4 points and so on…
                              - You can see more details for how this works here: https://polleverywhere.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/612507

                              Another option is to use our Multiple Choice Polls to get the same results. You can either have 10 separate multiple choice polls where you can ask them to assign 1-10 points to each of your choices. Or, you can have a single poll question and…

                            • LaTeX equations and AMSMATH package

                              LaTeX equations are truly awesome! However, most math geeks auto-include the package amsmath. More symbols. Better display. Is that possible? Right now we can use PollEverywhere for most Calculus, Linear Algebra and Diff Eq courses, but "amsmath" would mean we could use PollEV in every undergraduate math course and even most grad level courses, too.

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                              • Keyboard shortcuts for all menu items

                                I would love it if there were keyboard shortcuts for all the items in the menu including toggle correct answers and clear results (could be dangerous :)) But to toggle the correct answers would be great because in large events we like to have everything as clean as possible without visual interference of the cursor. Thanks.

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                                  We actually do have some already! You can see the details here: https://polleverywhere.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/788328

                                  These keyboard shortcuts will work in Chrome or Firefox, but will not work within our PowerPoint integration. We don’t have one for Clear Results because it is dangerous.

                                  Although, we should definitely get one for correctness. I’ll ask one of developers look into it. We’re already using A and C, so we’ll have to think of which key makes sense

                                • Ability to submit an image as a response to an open ended poll question.

                                  Users would like the ability to respond to a poll with an image. I think this could be best accomplished on an open ended poll question. This could function similar to the response option fields when creating a multiple choice poll, giving the participant the ability to paste the URL of an image or upload an image from their device.

                                  One big catch: This should not work with word cloud poll type.

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                                  • Give participant feedback on the correctness of their answer

                                    Would like for my students to receive a message about whether or not their response was correct for graded responses.

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                                      All of our paid education plans come with a feature called Custom Reply Message. This can be used to send your students an automatic message after they’ve submitted their response. It won’t automatically determine if they chose the correct answer, but you can set it up like this:

                                      “You chose choice The correct answer was A”

                                      Do you think this would work for you?

                                      Other than that, students can check their Response History after class to review questions they’ve responded to and that will tell them of there correctness. Just send them to polleverywhere.com/my/results

                                      More details on custom reply messages here:
                                      https://www.polleverywhere.com/guide#custom_reply_messages

                                    • Please consider adding a New Zealand texting number (0064)

                                      Yes we can text to the Aussie number, but my students will not be able to afford the international txting fee for an 0061 number.

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                                        We’re always on the look out for new phone numbers. If our two Australian based numbers are all causing international texting fees we’ll definitely be on the look out with our sms providers for a local number.

                                        Unfortunately, they don’t have one just yet but we’ll be first in line when it becomes available.

                                      • Hide a poll

                                        Sometimes I try different question types with the same question. I don't want to delete them or move them out of the group, but I also don't want them to show up when I am presenting and going through the polls in order. It would be great to be able to hide or mute the poll in the group (similar to the way you can hide a slide in PowerPoint).

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                                          Interesting. Have you tried presenting Poll Everywhere from our PowerPoint integration? I ask because our PowerPoint integration does support hidden slides, so if you are presenting with PowerPoint that may be the way to go

                                          Otherwise, we’ll definitely keep an eye out for any similar requests and see if we can’t come up with something for you! We’re just always concerned with trying to keep our application as simple and easy to use as possible, so new poll settings are always dangerous

                                        • Accessibility improvement.

                                          I have been sat on the website for 2 days after trawling through the user guide, attempting to get it to work. It is really difficult to move from poll page to testing and editing. It is also confusing to understand how to activate the poll. Really frustrating system.

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