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  1. Presenters would like the ability to limit polls to specific registered participant groups

    This was brought to my attention by a professor who is concerned that students may stumble across the response page when a poll is enabled for a different class or section. The idea is to have a secondary optoin under 'Registered Participants Only' that would further limit access to the polls to participants who are registered in a specific participant group on their user profile.

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  2. Allow multiple polls to be embedded on a PowerPoint slide

    I would like the ability to put two different polls on one of my PowerPoint slides.

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  3. Create hierarchy of groups (i.e. subgroups)

    I would like to organize my polls with subgroups.

    I use this in the classroom, and I would like to organize my poll by the class name then lecture name/number.

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  4. Keep questions from appearing in User's response history (tests)

    We would like to give graded Tests & Quizzes using the Survey feature. Our concern however is that the responses then show to the students/users in their response history. This could help them in future tests to see what they said previously.

    Maybe this feature could be when the question is created, with a check box that says "restrict question and answer from showing in user's response history"

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

    We actually just released something very similar, although it does not go as far as you suggested. Our new feature will allow you to hide the Correct Answer from a student’s response history. So, while they will know what they selected previously, it does not let them know if they were correct. You can see some more details for this here: https://polleverywhere.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1130833

    I’m hesitant to hide the full question and answer however. It’s common for student’s to accidentally register under a personal email address and this response history is the only way we have to rectify the situation. We also have a number of faculty who promote using the Response History for studying and reviewing for exams.

    Do you think hiding the correct answer is enough or would more restriction help?

  5. 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?

  6. Ability for students to upload images

    Would love for students to be able to upload images that they captured with their smartphone. I want to be able to quickly and easily sift through these images and display them as needed.

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

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks for your interest in Poll Everywhere!

    This unfortunately isn’t possible with SMS, but it’s something we’d like to eventually do for web voting in the future!

  7. I would like to create a multiple choice question with an option "other, please specify"

    For example,
    Where do you live?
    a) London, Ontario
    b) Strathroy, Ontario
    c) Woodstock, Ontario
    d) Other, please specify
    Therefore, I would like to set up a multiple choice AND open ended response in the same question.

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    This is currently possible by creating two separate polls and then writing your own instructions (on a slide or handout for example).

    Combining two on the same visual chart would be interesting. Any ideas/concepts on what that would look like?

  8. Team-based quiz games

    Easier team-based game functionality would be great!

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  10. LaTeX(Beamer) presenter app

    It would be nice if it was possible to embed polls in LaTeX Beamer based presentations, which are used heavily by some educators in Computer Science, Math and Natural Sciences.

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    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hmm, interesting. We do have some LaTeX integration to allow formulas and equations in the answer choices for multiple choice polls. You can read about the specifics for this here: http://polleverywhere.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/163071-picture-images-and-equations-as-options

    We’ll have to look a bit more into how the API for this will work with us. We’re a company of engineers and Comp Sci people so, we’re always interested in LaTeX

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    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This will be possible in the future, but it may be a while. It’s basically Apple’s decision: Apple doesn’t have any way to embed any live ANYTHING in Keynote for iPad. We switched from Flash to HTML5 so we’re closer, but.. we haven’t cracked this problem yet, and it seems Apple wants to make it impossible.

  12. Poll Export

    CSV import/export of poll questions. Or any way to export poll questions at all.

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

    Thanks for the feedback all. There are a few different workarounds that might work for you all, but we don’t have anything explicitly for this.

    We do have a CSV importer to import poll questions. You can read about that here: https://www.polleverywhere.com/support/articles/create-activities/import-questions

    For students who missed class or just for generally sharing the content: I recommend either our Bulk Screenshot tool or maybe printing out an Executive Summary report.
    - the bulk screenshot tool will take screenshots of up to 10 polls that can then be shared via email or any other way that works for you. To do this: Go to the Polls page → select the polls you want → Click the grey Download button at the top → select Screenshots.

    For exporting to CSV for records or internal purposes, I recommend using our Pivot Response Table report and then exporting that to CSV. That will create…

  13. You should be able to incorporate video or audio clips from file or YouTube

    show/play video or audio example and then ask students to pick answers based on what they are seeing/hearing on the clip. This would be great for assessment training. For example play an audio clip of lung sounds. Students then need to choose if they are hearing wheezes, crackles, stridor, or clear lung sounds.

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  14. Improve Grading for Multiple Polls at One Time

    Create an easier user interface for grading multiple polls on one page with the option to give a unique number of points for various answers (both incorrect and correct) without having to click on each individual poll and change the response grading from there.

    I grade all of the polling questions at the end of the week, and there can be 20+ polls for each section that I'm responsible for. Having to click on each polling question and changing the grade values for each possible response is tedious and is prone to having me make grading mistake on my end…

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

    We are actually working on a large project right now that should really help with grading polls. We are basically working on re-doing our entire poll creation process (and we’re finally close enough to talk about it).

    This will have greater customization and editing for poll questions at the creation stage (including grading). I do not believe this is currently slated to include increased support to our Weighted Grading feature (https://polleverywhere.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/799830) – which is currently in beta testing. But, this should be an easier process soon

    I will update this post when we are about to send out the new update

  15. counters for no of responses and time elapsed on the poll page

    For class room use, it would be great to have a live counter for no of responses and time elapsed on the poll page. See attached screenshot from another polling software. This would greatly enhance the in class usage.

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  16. 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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    3 comments  ·  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.

  17. 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 →
  18. Location Tracking

    GPS tracking to discourage cheaters. Some stay home in their dorms/apartments and just wait for a poll to come up. We have to find clever ways to keep them from cheating.

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

    This has always been a far-off dream for us and I 100% understand the desire to limit responses to only participants within the room. We have been waiting and hoping for GeoTracking technology to be reliable enough for us to use as part of our regular workflow. I have personally used Uber or enough times where they have me one or more city blocks away from my actual location and we really don’t want the same situation to prevent a student from getting any class credit.

    That said, there are a few ways we could try to tackle the problem. Would something like this work for you?
    - you are able to set you poll questions to “Request the participants location” before they are able to respond
    - the student is then prompted to share their location on the phone/laptop
    - if Poll Everywhere is unable to determine the location…

  19. Show participants as they respond

    Have two views. A presenter view and an audience view. I would like to leave the response chart up for my students to see while they are answering the question, but I also want to see who has answered and who has not. The way it is now I have to have my account open on two screens. One to run the poll and display out and one to show me which of my registered participants has responded. There is an app called eClicker that does this. It will show who has responded real time, but it lacks the response…

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    4 comments  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Pictures with text caption as answers

    Mixed-format possible answers, e.g., a figure with its caption. I would find it useful to both show something to be chosen, and display a small text with some extra info for each picture/answer.

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

    This has come up in some of our recent conversations about web-accessibility and the need to add captions/text for accessibility to uploaded images. There are still some outstanding questions for this, specifically with the best way to display this on the visual chart. There’s just limited available space.

    - Would you want the text to be displayed over the image or separated? Or, would it matter for you?

    Thanks for the idea!

    Brian
    Product Manager of Poll Everywhere

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