How can we improve Poll Everywhere?

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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Jess Baer shared this idea  ·   ·  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:

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?


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  • Purvi Shah commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This feature is very important for professors who want to use PollEV as a quizzing tool. We don't want students to have access to the questions or answers otherwise it becomes possible to leak the responses between course sections. It becomes unfair for students.

  • Jess Baer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Our professors are very appreciative to be able to opt-in to hide their questions from the student's response history.

    We're looking to see if we can also hide the answer the student selected, even thought question is also hidden. Or could there be a delay and then hidden? For instance - the student's answer will show in their history for 24 hours after but then gets hidden?

    This is for high stakes quiz & test purposes.

  • Bruce Richards commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This option is very much needed as an additional option to hiding the correct answer. For the faculty who teach several sections of the same class each week or reuse the questions in the next semester, it would be good to allow faculty to choose whether to enable or disable this option. Faculty are already capturing the student's responses and as an Admin I am able to search within the Participants list to check if a student used their personal email and not their university email.

    So allowing hiding the correct answer and hiding the actual questions as Jess has suggested.

  • K Welch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If instructors use the same questions for quizzes in future semesters, it would be nice if their peers from previous classes don't have the ability to share the questions. We have the same issue as Jess Baer (see his January 27, 2017 post). Could our faculty turn off the ability for students to see the questions in this use case?

  • Jess Baer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Brian! We're looking for the option to hide the entire question from the response history, maybe it's hidden a bit, make it an effort for someone to check this box off so it isn't a mistaken thing.

    Hiding the correct answer won't work for us. To give you a scenario: Imagine a professor will be giving 1 mini quiz a week for the term. questions from Quiz 1 might include answers to Questions in Quiz 6. Students can just go back through their history and see if questions were worded in a way that could help them. It'd be the same as having all their previous quizzes available to them on paper when taking their next paper quiz.

    Also - Our professors can be teaching a morning lecture section and an afternoon lecture section. Students could just scroll through their response history to show their friends ahead of time.

    I acknowledge that we're trying to use PollEverywhere in a manner that it might not be intended for, these kind of "high stakes" questions and grading. We're trying to find a solution for these graded quizzes. Currently we're using physical clickers, but are hoping that PollEverywhere might be a good solution for Bring Your Own Device. Thanks for taking the time to respond! I really appreciate it.

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