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Poll option for voting

Poll option for voting

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It would be great to include a polling option within Canvas (in Discussion board, Announcements, on front page, in Collaborations?) somewhere to enable students to vote or choose something (this could be binary - yes/no type options, or multiple choice options). For instance, I won't see my students again in class until next week and I'd like to use Canvas to have them vote on 1 of 3 choices about how we will focus our class time next week. Canvas would be a great place to house that poll and view results. Thanks.
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mcdowela
Community Member

What a great suggestion to put it with announcements, so it's right there on the main home page!  Perfect idea.

rjr
Community Participant

I can see the appeal of putting it there but I think that raises a potential difference in the desired functionality that we're talking about. I may have totally misunderstood this so I'm hoping you can clarify.

Are you proposing polls as a tool / new type of announcement? To me this seems quite like an ungraded survey but in a different place.

I'd thought much of the conversation so far had been more along the lines of Polls as permitted code snippet or part of the editor. Something that embedded into the text editor (so db, content, announcements).

adriw
Community Participant

I would like a Canvas poll to use as a quick "warmup" or "misconception exposure" question before students start the lesson video associated with the module. So for a module on biological molecules:

1. Students are polled "which of the following contains more energy?  A. apple. B. Red Bull energy drink  C. hard boiled egg"

2. After voting, students see an anonymous histogram of previous student answers

3. Now that students see not everyone agrees, they are more interested in learning about biological molecules

Using an ungraded quiz would not show students the (anonymized) results of other students, which makes the process less useful for their learning.

The Google Form and embedded spreadsheet shown by  @kmeeusen  is a workaround that I can handle, but many instructors would not bother.

It would also be nice to have the additional data point of when students accessed the poll.

Beth_Young
Community Contributor

Ooh, I have embedded google forms before and posted the link to the results, but I never thought to embed the results page too. Great idea!

Beth_Young
Community Contributor

Google forms has another format for results, too, which displays answers in a graphical form (e.g., pie chart). Even easier for students to read than the spreadsheet, and I imagine it could be embedded, too. (Going to give it a try soon!)

jbrady2
Community Champion

 @Beth_Young ​ Thanks for the idea. I am going to try to embed the answers in another form besides the spreadsheet.

Beth_Young
Community Contributor

Let us know how it works!

jbrady2
Community Champion

 @Beth_Young  I like the embedded chart so much more than embedding the spreadsheet to show results.

chart_results.png

Beth_Young
Community Contributor

Thanks--I'm glad to see how well it worked! I will do the same soon with some of my forms.

blee
Community Participant

Great application idea.

ejp10
Community Participant

The problem with using an ungraded quiz/survey is that the Item Analysis report does not tell you how students responded on each choice. It only tells you if students got an answer "right" or "wrong". For a survey or poll, you need to see how many students pick each choice.

jbrady2
Community Champion

 @ejp10 ​ Perhaps I misunderstood what you posted, but when I checked the Item Analysis report for the quiz/survey that our department used to garner feedback about our faculty Canvas training, this is what I found, which shows the number of respondents for each choice even though it does show the first response as the "correct" one:

survey_results_capture.png

Also, by clicking on each respondents link, I get the names of those who chose that answer.

survey_respondents.png

ejp10
Community Participant

Thanks for the clarification. I did hear this second hand.

jbrady2
Community Champion

No problem.

However, despite the Canvas quiz/survey tool providing this information, I still agree with many here who want something that does not require students to leave the current content page simply to take a quick survey, either pre or post, and after the tests I have run using Google Forms, borrowing some of the suggestions posted here, I have found that to be an adequate workaround.

biray
Community Champion

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lori
Community Participant

I would like to try this but how did you get the embed code to work?  I just get a blank page Smiley Sad

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Lori,

Are you putting the embed code in an iframe?  Are the permissions on your form such that they can display in the course?

lori
Community Participant

Hi!

Yes, on the google form, it provides an embed code:

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

I think you need to put the embed code inside an iframe in order for it to work.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Lori:

Are you pasting the embed code into the HTML Editor of a Canvas page?

  • Go to or create a page,
  • Click Edit,
  • Click HTML Editor

I have never had this fail. What browser are you using, because I typically use Firefox, and keep the version current?

Very hard to diagnose remotely.

Sorry if this is not helpful,

Agent K