Survey My Learners
Research has shown that student input and feedback in the classroom can have a direct impact on student satisfaction and engagement. Having the ability to informally assess students in the classroom allows a professor to tailor class sessions on the fly and differentiate lessons to fit a broader range of students. Polling and in-class surveys are one pedagogical tool to allow every student’s voice to be heard in the classroom setting.
Supporting a range of disciplines and question types, mobile polling provides immediate feedback to instructors and students about what the class thinks or feels.
Find out more
- ACU Connected Blog: "Response Tools in the Mobile Classroom" and Autumn Sutherlin's video on polling
- Educause Quarterly: Clickers in the Classroom: An Active Learning Approach
NANO = No Advance Notice
NANO Tools was developed by ACU’s web programming team to provide a simple and quick way for faculty and students to survey each other. It is completely web-based which means it will display on any mobile device internet browser. NANO Tools supports multiple choice, true/false, word cloud, and word stack polling. It is a completely anonymous form of surveying participants.
There are two forms of NANO Tools polling: Public or Private.
Public polling allows you to initiate a poll that anyone can participate in via a session number. To initiate a poll and get a session number you need an ACU login; the participants do not.
Private polling is for an instructor to exclusively poll a specific class. Anyone registered within that class can access the poll through the ACU Mobile website.
For faculty who need to capture or analyze the results of class surveys, we recommend Turning ResponseWare. It is a synchronous, mobile-friendly clicker application. Using a client software program, you can initiate polls to students who are connected to your session. Students connect to the session through a native iPhone or iPod touch App called Responseware. The data collected from your session is then analyzed in a back end reporting system.
You can initiate multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, and Likert scale polls. Polls can be done anonymously or you can track student information and formally grade the responses.
Any student with a mobile device that connects to the Internet or a laptop can participate in a Responseware poll. In order to initiate Turning polls you will need an instructor account.
PROS: great for hybrid environments with a range of devices; PowerPoint integration with TurningPoint software or stand-alone TurningPoint Anywhere.
CONS: make sure wireless is rock-solid, especially with larger classes.
- Download the App
- Online Tutorials (by Turning Technologies)
- Getting Your Students Ready
- Video tutorials to assist your students with Responseware account setup:
- TurningPoint Anywhere (Mac or PC)
A stand-alone application that hovers on your desktop and allows you to poll while any application is up on your computer.
- 8 Steps to Using TurningPoint Anywhere(PC)
- 8 Steps to Using TurningPoint Anywhere(Mac)
- Video Tutorial from Turning Technologiesl
- TurningPoint (PC only)
An application that runs inside PowerPoint and allows you to poll from a PowerPoint slide.
- 8 Steps to Using TurningPoint (PDF)
- Video Tutorial from Turning Technologies
Google Forms is part of the Google Docs repertoire. It is an intuitive and simple survey, or quiz development tool that has a built-in reporting spreadsheet. Google Forms is a free and simple alternative to survey creation sites such as SurveyMonkey or Zoomerang. A Google Form is an effective way to get student feedback using the mobile device platform.
With Google Forms you can quickly produce a poll, survey, or quiz for your students. The built-in reporting spreadsheet tracks all of the responses and you have the ability on the front-end to track usernames or keep the poll anonymous. There are also more advanced graphing features available to track response trends and analyze your data further.
- Getting Started with PollDaddy (text & screenshot instructions by PollDaddy)
- Screencast tutorial (by vodpod.com)
Nice alternative for hybrid classrooms where SMS is the least common denominator, though web and now Twitter polling are also available. Poll Everywhere also allows users to customize polls, but unlike PollDaddy, Poll Everywhere focuses on the audience’s response venues. Poll takers can respond via Facebook, Twitter, text message, or website widget. The free plan allows for 30 participants per poll.
PROS: nice way to communicate in larger venues without need to download an app or visit a website.
CONS: limited to basic multiple choice for now.