Poll Everywhere (PollEv) is a web-based student response system (SRS) that works on any Internet enabled device. Instructors can choose from a variety of question types to display via a mobile-friendly website and ask students to engage with the content by responding to the questions on their devices. Additionally, instructors can integrate polls (questions) in any existing presentations built in PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides.
Student responses can be aggregated in real time and/or reported to Blackboard Grade Center. PollEv creates pathways for instructors and students to interact with each other on an intuitive and user-friendly platform.
See instructions below to get started or contact your department's eLearning Specialist for questions about using PollEv.
Students can create an account using their William & Mary credentials by visiting https://www.polleverywhere.com/login. Upon entering a W&M student email address, users will be prompted to sign in via Single-Sign On (SSO).
After establishing an account, students can view and track responses as well as make polls of their own. Instructors can create groups for each class and utilize a wide variety of questions types.
Students in participating classes will pay a one-time fee of $14 for an annual account. Payments are processed by PollEv through the account holder’s “settings” option in PollEv. More information can be found on the Poll Everywhere payment site.
Using PollEv in your Course - Instructors who wish to use PollEv should include relevant information about the SRS in their syllabus. This information should include a general description of how the SRS will be used and a notification of the one-time $14 for the account.
The following link can be used in the syllabus or Blackboard announcement to direct new PollEv students to the appropriate site for account creation and payment: https://www.polleverywhere.com/login
Instructor accounts must be associated with the W&M account in order to access full instructor privileges. Please contact an eLearning Specialist with this request or other questions about leveraging PollEv in your courses.
Linking PollEv with your Blackboard Courses - PollEv integrates with Blackboard through a building block in the “Tools” section of a Blackboard Course. Simply select the Poll Everywhere tool and sign in with your William & Mary credentials. Then select the course you would like to link. PollEv will create a group in your account with a roster pulled from Blackboard. Once this link is made, instructors can optionally report poll results to grade center to be included in the students overall grade.
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