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  1. Adjustable auto-close time for survey & questions

    We're looking for a custom auto-locking survey (but could be for any question) based on time after the survey has opened. Right now it has auto-close for 5 minutes, 1 hour, or 1 day. After that the custom button lets you set a day and time. We just want to option to type in a number of minutes, specifically for us - 20 minutes. The survey will close 20 minutes after it opens to the students.

    Thanks!

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      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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      • Add chart to remote control view.

        Right now if you look at "my activities" in the app you can see participant responses even if they aren't displayed to the participants on the screen. However, when using the "Remote Control" option in the app you can't see the responses. It would be VERY useful for my faculty if they could use the app to both control their presentations and see the participant responses in advance

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          0 comments  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Line breaks in responses

          I really like Poll Everywhere, but a serious short-coming for me is the lack of a very basic function.

          I would like to be able to use Poll Everywhere to get students to practice their essay writing skills. My plan is to have students write or plan essay sections in groups in class time; be able to see the results as they come in; and at the end of the session be able to step through what is good/bad/otherwise about the answers on the big screen.

          This is important to me because, as a legal academic, part of my role…

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            0 comments  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thanks for the thoughtful feedback. We really appreciate it. Before I get into the specifics, may I ask – about how long are the responses that you are receiving from your students? A rough word count or so would be fantastic, I want to make sure we’re on the same page about length.

            Otherwise, there is some technical concerns around adding specific HTML in responses because we don’t want to open any security holes in replies. And, I understand your point that is a large burden on students to learn anyway.

            There’s some balance we have between having Enter submit the response instead of a new line. The vast majority of the time we have shorter responses and we want to emphasize speed for real time replies. But, I can understand confusion there. We had a lot of back and forth on which is the appropriate behavior.

            Ultimately, I think…

          • Enhanced Rich Text Editing for Questions and Answer Choices

            Add a rich text editor for questions and answer choices. Many users need more control over how text appears than the current platform allows.

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              2 comments  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              What sorts of text controls did you have in mind? We do have a few options right now such as using LaTeX for math or science equations and then we also have the ability to add italics, break lines, and bold characters in the questions.

              Could you give us a few examples of things you would like to add?

              For info on LaTeX:https://www.polleverywhere.com/support/articles/power-users/latex

              For info on italics, bold, and break lines: https://www.polleverywhere.com/blog/new-features-roundup-bold-italics-and-breaks/

              Thanks for the feedback!

            • Add more slots to the “Recent Presentations” on the home screen of the mobile app.

              Hello, I am a first year medical student. We use Poll Everywhere multiple times a week with several different professors. It works well, however we are constantly entering different presentation names. Is it possible to add a few more slots (6-9 total) to “Recent presentations?”

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              • Add tags to polls

                It would be nice if users could add tags to polls based on topics, subject matter, or organization. For example, if I'm teaching a biology course that's M/W/F this semester but T/TH next semester, I will want to re-arrange my groups to fit the new schedule. Similarly, I might have questions on a particular topic that I use in different classes. If I know that I have a question on "mitosis" but I'm not sure which group or whether that word appears in the question text, if the question was tagged with that term and the term was searchable it…

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                  1 comment  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks for the feedback! That’s an interesting request. Do you have a preference for using tags over, say, a more hierarchical folder system?

                  I know there’s been requests for both and they address similar, but different problems. Regardless, thank you for the details feedback! I’ll pass this along to the team

                • Customizing poll appearance

                  More customization of how the polls appear to the audience. Also improving the cloud option for brain-storming

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                    2 comments  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    We have a lot of customization options for how the bar chart (and other visualizations) look on the big screen. Is there any kind of visualization option you had in mind?

                    These include the sizing of the different chart elements, colors, background image, logo, side-by-side image, and a lot more. You can read about them or watch a vide of how they look here: https://www.polleverywhere.com/guides/presenter/getting-started#customizing-your-poll

                  • Reports and Data Runs

                    Scenario:
                    Faculty has a combined Canvas set up for four sections of Acct 2122.

                    The faculty clears/archives his PE data after each class. So, at the end of the day, he has four PE data sets (one for the 8am class, one for the 9:30am class, etc). Faculty needs to transfer the data to his one Combined Canvas course.

                    Faculty started using PE in fall 2017. During fall 2017, he would select “All runs” to move his four PE data sets into the Canvas gradebook. So, faculty only ran the PE grade transfer process one time for all four sections.

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                      0 comments  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        0 comments  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Students do have access to their response history which is automatically updated. And, this will include whether they got each question correct or incorrect.

                        To get to the response history:
                        - click the menu icon on the top right of the pollev.com/Username page
                        - then select “Response history” in the menu
                        - the students can see their complete response history and whether they were correct or incorrect.

                        This is more of a workaround than giving an actual “score” in a notification or something, which I believe is more what you have in mind. We do have some other presenters who want to never show the correct answers or scores to students. So, there is some extra complexity here as well.

                        Thanks for the suggestion! We’ll definitely look into what this might take

                      • ALLOW "CHECK ALL THAT APPLY"

                        I need you to allow students to check "all that apply" in a single response. Telling us to tell students to "respond as many times as they would like" is not a solution because I have 35 kids in each class and you only allow up to 40 responses on a paid account. Your "solution" only allows a couple students to respond more than once!

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                          1 comment  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          We do have a beta feature available that can be enabled to help address this issue. If you go to https://www.polleverywhere.com/labs and enable the option for “Disable duplicate responses” this will allow participants to respond with multiple options to a single poll question without allowing them to select the same option multiple times.

                          It’s our initial foray into this type of poll type or option. It does still count toward the ultimate response limit which is the base of most of our pricing right now and is therefore tricky to change. It is part of a longer term plan to change our count limit to individual participants, however that will still be some time away unfortunately. It will be a significant project for us with a lot of risks.

                          Thanks for the feedback, sorry I don’t have better news for you just yet.

                        • Make using surveys as quizzes easier

                          Expand surveys into quizzes

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                          • Single Sign On

                            Single Sign On for profiles already on your website

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                              0 comments  ·  Business  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              We do offer SAML Single Sign On for our enterprise level clients, however it is not available for our retail plans. Anyone who contacts us at sales@polleverywhere.com or visits polleverywhere.com/enterprise can see some more details for it.

                              Otherwise, I suspect you would like something like a Google or Facebook SSO option. If that is the case it is something we have considered, but we don’t have any short-term plans to implement. It adds a significant risk towards people creating duplicate accounts as we need to add handling for people to connect their Gmail (or something similar) to their Poll Everywhere account. And, it can cause trouble and require a lot of merging if someone isn’t sure if they used their personal or work email and such.

                              We’ll definitely consider it though. Thanks for the idea!

                            • Record country clicked on image

                              Have a country image that records the country to enable creation of a data set.

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                              • KWL tags for pollev

                                Create an online "K-W-L" chart for educators; poll takers could tag their post as either the K, W, or L category, and Poll EV would project the responses in three columns.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Interesting idea! Thank you. I’ll pass this along to out user research team to see if we can drum up some more support for it.

                                  May I ask, about how long of a response do you usually get for each of these? We’ll want to make sure we leave enough room to display these responses on the chart.

                                • Give response summary / poll control window a smaller minimum size

                                  I keep PollEverywhere running in a web browser window (running a single poll with possible responses 1-9) while I deliver my lecture from another window (including occasional multiple choice "quiz questions" with up to 9 possible responses). For this arrangement, it is super-important that the PE window use as little screen real estate as possible, especially in the horizontal dimension. Could you please make it possible to resize it a bit narrower?

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                                    1 comment  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    There is a workaround that might work for you. If you are creating these quiz questions ahead of time, you can actual use our mobile website to present. It’s not as pretty as our full website and lacks some features, but the core functionality is there. Especially if you are primarily using Multiple Choice Polls.

                                    You can go to pollev.com/present in your web browser. Log into your account and click on the title of one of your poll questions. There’s an activation option to activate and we’ll display the results right there. That page is fully response and you can make it quite small

                                    You can see a little bit of how this looks and works here: https://www.polleverywhere.com/guides/presenter/tips-and-tricks

                                    Let me know if that’ll do the trick for you. And, thanks for the feedback!

                                  • NATIVE LTI INTEGRATION

                                    Provide native Canvas LTI Integration as the Univerity of Florida will not provide a root level “Developer Key” (https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10847-4214445806)

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                                      0 comments  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Unfortunately, we need Canvas to upgrade to support LTI 2.0 before we can change the architecture of our integration. Last I saw they had “suspended” upgrading to 2.0 back in 2016 and have yet to update https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2040

                                      Once Canvas updates to LTI 2.0 we’ll be able to create a Gradebook export with them. Until then, the only way we’ve found to successfully integrate with Canvas is via the Developer Keys.

                                      All I can really recommend is asking Canvas for an update on LTI 2.0 we’re anxiously waiting for it ourselves.

                                    • Allow Credit/No Credit Responses

                                      Students enjoy the text wall and word cloud options, but currently cannot get points for them. Having a way to assign credit for responses given, without limiting students to specific words, would be a marked improvement to PollEverywhere's functionality. Making the innovative response patterns Credit/No Credit would really motivate and innovate the classroom.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        This is interesting. Right now we do give a Participation Score with our Gradebook report that will give credit to students who respond to our Open Ended Poll like Word Cloud and Text Wall. However, our LMS integrations with Blackboard and Canvas do not send this participation score. They only receive the Correctness score. I suspect this is what is happening for you all.

                                        I have opened up a request with our Integrations Team to look into the difficulty/complexity to send a “grade” for our open ended polls. We have to check with Blackboard and Canvas to find the best way to send this information.

                                        Does that sound like it’s describing your situation?

                                      • Slide appearance

                                        More control over font, background color, etc

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                                          1 comment  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          We have a pretty extensive amount of customization options for our chart. Including background color, text color, sizing, background images, side by side images along with your chart, and six or so different fonts. We go over a lot of these and how they work in our User Guide here: https://www.polleverywhere.com/guides/presenter/getting-started#customizing-your-poll

                                          Is there anything in particular that you are looking for in customizing the slide?

                                        • Use multiple images in a clickable image poll

                                          Allow to upload multiple images for a clickable image poll. Like post logos of football teams for a vote.

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