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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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kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Scott, the Google Forms embed code includes the iFrame elements. The problems starts with the responses form. If you also wish to embed responses in a Canvas page, you need to use an iFrame Generator like the free one @Online iFrame Generator - iFrames Generator

KLM

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Thanks Kelley.  I've used this technique myself in the past but it has been long enough that I was hazy on the details.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

That's why we are a team, Scott! I have personally experienced several blunders this week that other members of the team have corrected without rebuke or even a "neener neener"Smiley Wink

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Well said, Kelley!

lori
Community Participant

Hi! Thank you both for responding quickly. So I did paste the code into the html editor and I think I'm including the iframe elements, I've pasted it here, are you able to see it? <iframe src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TyCNAjX0yL1aRKywK9BVR458oQ5U3VZWYHh67Ad8N9A/viewform?embedded=true" width="760" height="500" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe>

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

You are quite welcome, Lori!

I copied your code, went into the RCE in Canvas, switched to html view, pasted the code and hit save and I see:

Dropbox - Screenshot 2016-04-13 09.10.28.png

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Great minds think alike, I just dumped it into my sandbox and see your great purple test form

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lori
Community Participant

Ok so now I feel really dumb, I pasted it in and it worked for some reason.... today I am at a different location (in the office as opposed to working remotely) so I don't know if that made the difference?  At any rate, I am thrilled it is working and I really appreciate the help from both of you. Nice to have a community to work with.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Wooo Hooo!

Happy to hear this Lori!

Agent K

ephraimross1
Community Participant

I've been embedding interactive polls from Wedgies directly into my lectures. You can embed as an iframe, and just plant it inline between two paragraphs. Students don't have to miss a beat. This isn't the best example in the screenshot, but it'll give you a sense of what it looks like.

Meet Your Instructor Facilitators_ Student Orientation.png

You can find custom/advanced iframe embed options here:

Embedding a Wedgie Poll on your Website · GitHub

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Ephraim:

Thanks for sharing a new resource. I'm gonna go check it out!

Agent K

ephraimross1
Community Participant

No problem. Note that they've recently rolled out some updates, which I don't actually prefer, but you can still use their legacy embed, just use the following code and replace the title, question number -- bolded below -- and resize as necessary:

<iframe style="max-width: 640px; margin: 0px auto; width: 100%; height: 400px; border: 0px;" title="Your title here" src="https://www.wedgies.com/widgets/embed/question/5493c62e861916020000d766?widgetVersion=v1&amp;social=false&amp;owner=false&amp;branding=false" width="300" height="150"></iframe>

UPDATE: Apparently the code I give above needs a little tweaking for newly created quizzes. The old format allowed the questions to sit alongside the image, for a horizontal layout (as pictured above). If you use an image on a newly created quiz that image will only sit above the response options. So, just note that the dimensions will need to be adjusted from what I provided above, and it will look a little different but still work great Smiley Happy

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Ephraim:

what am I missing. I just created a simple three-response poll and embedded it in my sandbox, but when I test it as multiple users (I have ten test accounts in my sandbox), it simply changes my resonses and still shows only one responder.

KLM

ephraimross1
Community Participant

It sounds like its recognizing (via IP) that you're the same computer returning and updating your response. It's completely agnostic to your Canvas user profile. Try with different browsers, I suspect that will work.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

That was it Ephraim, it was dropping a cookie to control voting.

Awesomely easy little tool, that I think some of my faculty may really like!

Thanks!

KLM

johnmartin
Community Champion

This is how I embed Google Forms for polling  (http://www.regardingjohn.com/blog/google-forms-as-a-student-response-system/ )— the tricky part is embedding the response summary. How have others handled that?

jbrady2
Community Champion

I have also noted a problem with updating based on responses. What I have found is that it is often simply a delay in updating, but if you have noticed that it is not updating even after a delay, that is something that I have not experienced.

stephanie_johns
Community Participant

Hello Jeffrey and other community members:

How do students see the results of the survey? How do I share the results? Can I share them in real-time?

"Workarounds," even for such for a popular and desired feature, are not feasible for most faculty, who DO NOT use the HTML editor. My workaround right now is the Discussion, which I rename as "Poll" or "Thought of the Day," "Vote Here," and so on. I ask a single question (of varying types). Students must post their answers before seeing the replies of their peers. Then they must do a follow-up activity of some type within the same discussion, for example, summarize or evaluate the responses or start a thread with another respondent. Or they can merely "Like" if that suits my purpose. This use of Discussions is a model that faculty can easily replicate and set up.

"Responsiveness" must work both ways, from computer to device, and device to computer. Having features on one platform but not the other sets expectations, causes confusion, and adds complexity. In addition, Canvas strives to meet accessibility standards (WCAG) with its features, which I trust. Determining the Section 508 compliance of third-party applications can be yet another time-consuming task for course developers.

Beth_Young
Community Contributor

I have been trying to embed google forms results into a graded discussion assignment for some time with no luck. (The google forms survey questions embed fine.) I tried creating a frame with an online iframes generator for the results URL, and I tried using the same embed code as the survey and just replacing the survey URL with the results URL. Finally I asked tech support at my school and they said that Google actively blocks embedding these survey results. (I'm trying to embed the "summary of responses" results screen with the pie charts, not the spreadsheet of results: Do these sounds convey any meaning? - Google Forms )  Has anyone had any luck embedding the response summary despite the google block, or have you all been embedding just the spreadsheet? 

I'm resigned to just linking to the results summary, but if anyone has found a solution I would love to know about it!

jbrady2
Community Champion

stephanie.johnson​ This is what I was able to do on a page in Canvas to test Google Forms to host a survey and share results.

simple_survey.png

Unfortunately, it did require me to tinker with the HTML editor and even learn aspects of Google Forms and Sheets that I had never used up to that point.  This creates its own issue, in that, our institution actively uses Office365, and many faculty that I work with may know how to use the basic features of those products but either do not have a Google account or have only used it for e-mail and not for Forms and Sheets, so they would have new software to learn just to accomplish what I did.  I understand that not all faculty have the knowledge to accomplish some of the things that I attempt, nor do they often have the time to learn "workarounds".  It is one of the more frustrating aspects of my job when I encounter a faculty member that has a great idea that they would like to implement in their courses and I have to tell them that, even though it sounds like a great idea that will really benefit students, the LMS in not capable of doing that or, at least, not capable of doing it easily, so they will have to find a way to implement it outside of the LMS (which kind of defeats the purpose of having one place for students to access courses and materials) or leave it out of their courses altogether. Smiley Sad

I usually never recommend "workarounds" to faculty for the simple fact that many of them would have a difficult time understanding how to troubleshoot issues if they occurred when I am not available.  In addition, as I have probably delved further into tricks, tweaks, and workarounds in Canvas than anyone else in my own department, my colleagues would probably also have a difficult time assisting faculty with workarounds, so if something is not native or easy to implement, I usually help faculty find third-party resources (not always a student friendly solution) or ask if there is a way to implement the material outside of digital means (obviously not possible for an online course).

Concerning accessibility, since I have been toying with many of the workarounds purely for my own curiosity and have not passed any along to faculty, I actually have not been checking them for accessibility.

Sorry if I wasn't much help.