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  1. Lock down for summative assessment

    Lock down option for simple summative assessment

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

    I believe you’re referring to a way to prevent students from accessing other applications on their phone/device while replying to polls or surveys. Let me know if that isn’t what you all meant here.

    We don’t have any immediate plans to implement this as it is particularly invasive for us to do with our iOS and Android Apps and hurts a lot of accessibility rules.

    One thing we have been discussing, and I’d love to hear if it would work for you all. is to track any time a student leaves or closes our site/app and share that information in a report with the professor. That does involve some more work to audit the report, but helps prevent any honest mistakes for the student and keeps us out of Apple’s bad side.

    Would that be sufficient for you all?

  2. For the Moodle integration, automatically send students a registration link

    Right now, the e-mail sent out to students notifies students that their account has been created, but does not explain the registration process or provide a link. It would be great if these were provided or if the e-mail was customizable by the instructor.

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

    Right now (as of about August), we send an email to students who are registered via an LMS. This email says:
    “[Professor Name] has registered you as a participant with their Poll Everywhere account. To log in and complete the registration process use the following link: [password_link]”

    We’re currently working on a way to allow professors to resend this link to their students in bulk if they haven’t received it or haven’t logged in. We can definitely look into some ways to customize this message, but it is a bit larger of a project than we’d like because we need to store these customized messages, add some handling to prevent spam (in case someone is only pretending to be an educator), and then change the LMS invitation workflow to allow some handling to customize the email. It’s something we will definitely consider if we hear it requested from some…

  3. PowerPoint plugin

    allow the templates to be customizable within the presentation software tools like PowerPoint.

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  4. Student-to-instructor channel

    It would be helpful to have a way for students to submit questions to the instructor in a way that allows the instructor to see who asked the question. The student question would by default NOT be visible to everyone, but the instructor could choose to make it visible in the system. Ideally, there would also be options to respond either directly to the student, or post a response to the entire group through the system.

    The open-ended polls can be used for this, but I'd like to be able to have this option without launching a poll. (Also, I've…

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  5. 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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  6. Customize default invitation email to be from institution, not name

    We would like to be able to customize the invitation email to say the name of our school, not the name of the person sending the invite. We know there's a workaround of changing your name to be the name of the institution, but it would be nicer if there were a default that we could control as admins.

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

    We do offer the ability to customize the body of the invitation email. Just click the “I’d like to customize the invitation message” and our hope was that this would be enough to give context to anyone receiving the message.

    I’m hesitant to add an option to override the name of the person sending the invite because we want to have a public audit trail of who on the account invited the new users. For example, an account that has multiple Administrators may want to have some trail of exactly who sent the invite and who to follow up with in case there are issues.

    There’s other better ways we can do this, but I don’t want to overcomplicate the invitation process with more settings.

    I will have our design team look into setting the invitation as coming from the Organization Name in a prominent place in the email. I…

  7. zoom

    zoom features

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  8. prevent cheating - highlight ALL responses after a response is submitted

    Currently, student responses are highlighted on their screens. In a large, crowded lecture hall, any confused student can look around and see the majority response on their neighbors' screens. This makes respond-on-your-own questions fruitless.

    A simple fix: once a student chooses a response, ALL responses are highlighted.

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

    I can see how this could be a problem, especially in a lab or large lecture hall where most students would be responding from laptops. It’s a little easier than a small cell phone screen. There is certainly the tried and true method of peaking at your classmates paper.

    We show the option that a student selected to allow them to change their answer (assuming our Clear response feature is enabled on the poll question) and to provide some feedback for the student to see if they got the question correct. And, we would like to have this continue to be our default setup.

    We could make a toggle switch for you to go on anti-cheat mode or the like for more preventative measures. May I ask, would you want this setting on all of your poll questions or are there poll questions where you would want the student’s to…

  9. Data vizualization freedom

    Poll participants can create their own data visualizations. Woah.

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  10. For multipule resonse such as 2 or more responses to a poll will give full credit or no credit at all (no partial credit/weighted grading).

    For a multiple choice question: 4 of the 5 possible responses will be correct and be assigned one point total. If all four responses are selected with "Mark as Correct", and a student doesn’t select all 4 correct answers then they will receive a zero

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

    We do have a weighted grading feature that can be enabled from our Features lab section. It’s pretty stable, but we do not have all the features we want in it yet to be completely released by default. You can turn it on and try it out by doing the following:
    1. Click on the gear icon on the top right of the page and go to Settings
    2. Select Features lab on the left side of settings
    3. scroll down and click the Enabled button for Weighted grading
    4. click the Apply labs settings button at the bottom of the page

    Then for any Multiple Choice Poll you can go to Edit > and assign specific points for each answer choice

  11. Participation grades

    My participants are students and it would be great if they had the following in their displays: 1) groups in which they are enrolled, 2) current participation rate (% of total questions responded), 3) current "correctness" rate, 4) which questions that were presented that they did not respond to. I would also like to see the ability to sync multiple emails to an account so they can respond with both their school and personal accounts.

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

    This is great, thanks for the request! We are in some of the very initial design stages for what we’re calling a “Participant Dashboard” which students would be able to easily access from their mobile devices or computers and review this type of information.

    Enrolled groups and a “correctness rate” as a proxy for their grade are both doable. The participation rate and generally displaying poll questions they did not respond to is much tougher. With faculty who use Poll Everywhere across multiple courses it is difficult for us to currently know which group/class the polls are for. And, we have some users who do not want to show questions participants did not answer to prevent any cheating or as an incentive to show up to class and answer. So, there are some business concerns as well for that.

    Would it work for you all if we had an ability…

  12. 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

  13. Better options for the iPad

    Identical utility when using an iPad

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

    Are you mostly planning on presenting your polls from an iPad or do you use an iPad as a desktop replacement right now?

    We are actively working on an Office 365 integration with PowerPoint for iPad which will add a lot of presentation support similar to our current PowerPoint integration, but we don’t have any immediate plans to add touch support to all of our poll management features

  14. Google Classroom

    I hate Edmodo. Google classroom, maybe?

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  15. Text only (not requiring answer)

    Text only. I want to have instead of a question at the beginning of the survey to have a set of directions explaining how to use it. There doesn't appear to be a "non question" type of design feature.

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  16. Student Name / Identifier Appearance

    Is there some way we could have either the student's name or NetID or some sort of identifier appear on the answer response screens for students? This would help course staff be able to quickly see if a student is polling in for another classmate when they have two polling devices open.

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

    Are you asking to have the student’s name display on the pollev.com/:Username or web response page?

    I assume you would be walking around a lab like classroom where they are using desktop or laptop computers to respond. Does that sound right?

    Currently we just have a “hamburger” icon (those three horizontal lines) on the top right. We could replace that with the student’s first name if they are logged in. I’ll bring it up with the team and see if there are any dangers or complexities that I’m missing, but I think this should be straightforward.

  17. Allow formatting of font sizes in options for multiple choice questions when not displaying as graph

    Currently there is no option to determine the font size of the text that is added as the answer for multiple choice questions. The options sometimes display as single line text (although not all the time, they seem to randomly change size) when not showing the graphic display. Since some of the options are rather wordy in my polls, they display at a tiny, barely readable font.

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  18. OneNote/Class Notebook Integration

    Embed Poll Everywhere polls in OneNote/Class Notebook from Microsoft.

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

    Well, right now OneNote just doesn’t have an API or platform that we can build off of. If they do start to allow embedding 3rd party webpages (that are not videos) > then we should be able to work on building that. We’re pretty much just waiting on Microsoft until then

    You can see a thread about this request for Microsoft here: https://onenote.uservoice.com/forums/327186-onenote-for-windows-windows-phone/suggestions/5776804-embed-webpages-and-other-live-content-in-onenote

  19. Allow a "test mode" for audience device displays

    The ability to change the display on audience devices so that it's not obvious which answer was selected. It's almost impossible to *not* see what others have selected on their device. My work around suggestion was to force texting only for quizzes. Our faculty have observed rampant cheating on quizzes, especially in classrooms with raked seating. Apparently it's very interesting to watch from the back of the room and see the answers flow from the from to the back of the room.

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    This is tough. My suggestion as a workaround for you all would be to use our multi-page Survey features for your quizzes in class. On these surveys when you submit a response > the student will be taken to the next question in the survey/quiz instead of leaving the question displayed until the professor/teacher moves to the next question.

    Otherwise, this is a tough balance for us to fight against cheating and also abide by accessibility guidelines to allow students to know what they selected.

    I’ll pass this along to some of our design team and see if they can think of anything clever we can do to satisfy both of these needs

  20. Integrate with webinar services

    Easy integration with webinar services. Maybe code or the like.

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

    What sort of integration are you thinking of? I know some webinar services have some basic multiple choice polling where you can ask the attendees a quick multiple choice question within the webinar app. Are you thinking of something similar with Poll Everywhere?

    Or, something entirely different! Let us know

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