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Poll Everywhere staff guide

Engage with your class in real time with online polls and quizzes.

About Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a student response system that is simple to set up and use and allows for student participation via mobile devices. You create polls and quizzes, and students answer multiple choice or open questions via a fast mobile-friendly web page or by sending text messages. The poll or quiz is updated in real time with their answers. Advanced uses include marking answers as correct, registering students to track achievement and using questions with clickable images. Using student response systems have proven impact in engagement, participation and achievement.

Why use Poll Everywhere?

The simplicity of the tool allows you to focus on its teaching and learning potential:

  • Promoting active, collaborative and deep learning,
  • Increasing participation and interactivity,
  • Increasing retention of core information,
  • Immediate feedback is available,
  • Because it can be anonymous, it is a safe environment to participate,
  • Enables team competitions.

Writing effective polls

Writing questions is one of the most important elements of using this tool. Ideally, questions will motivate and assess students, revealing their level of mastery of the content and factual recall, and any misconceptions and interpretations. Keep in mind that writing effective questions is different from writing exam or assignment questions. Questions that are too easy might not motivate students, who tend to see them as a waste of valuable contact time, and might give students a false sense of security about their knowledge. 

A good way of avoiding these pitfalls is to use a simple methodology that is learner centred and pedagogically focused. According to Beatty, good poll questions should have a:

  • Content goal: Directly related to the course content; often have correct and incorrect answers. They might ask students to remember facts, concepts, or procedures.
  • Process goal: Exercises cognitive skills: analyse, explain, describe, etc.
  • Metacognitive goal: Learning about learning and engage critical thinking about subject matter or process.

To write polls, start by:

  • Defining your learning aims: What do you want your students to be able to do (factual recall, content assimilation, skill development, etc.)?
  • Defining the goal for the question: Are you aiming to promote discussion? Raise awareness? Stimulate cognitive process? 
  • Choosing the appropriate type of question: Qualitative questions, analysis and reasoning questions, multiple defensible answers, etc.


Request an account

Get started by requesting an account from the IT Self Service Portal

  • Please provide 2 days working notice for account set up.
  • You will receive an email with instructions on how to join City, University of London's premium service plan and a link to do so.
  • You will receive a separate email inviting you for training.

Once your account has been set up sign up using your City email address and a secure password (not your City password).

Workshop: Introduction to Poll Everywhere


Educational Technology Workshops

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