Polls and Surveys
Many instructors have employed polls and surveys to promote learning through active engagement. In-class polls can promote interaction, begin discussions, and assess understanding. i>clicker and PollEverywhere have been selected as the products best suited for the University of Delaware campus. Surveys tend to gather more complex data and feedback for reflective analysis and research. Qualtrics and Google Forms are recommended for those applications.
Basic differences between the UD-standard products:
|students responds with i>clicker||students respond with personal cell phone/web-enabled device||students respond with personal smart phone/web-enabled device|
|multiple choice responses||free text and multiple choice responses||free text and multiple choice responses|
|no participant limit||participant limit of 40 for free service||no participant limit|
|cost: $40 new/$30 or less used||cost: participant texting fees||cost: participant texting fees|
|integration with Sakai||responses not associated with individuals||responses not collected for grading purposes|
|credit for participation and/or performance||ability to promote ("thumb-up") available ideas/topics/questions for deeper discussion|
* Other versions and features exist. See individual product pages or contact ATS to discuss your particular applications.
Other worth exploring...
|extensive question type options||most popular question types|
|custom survey links||simple to create|
|supports image-based questions||easy to edit|
|robust data analysis||data stored directly in a spreadsheet|
|UD branding||download and analyze in Excel format|