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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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jbrady2
Community Champion

 @Beth_Young ​ When I saw your post, I logged in to the course in which I had added the example I shared with stephanie.johnson​ to check if the results were still showing and working.  I found that the form is still working and the results do update after submitting the form and refreshing the page, so, unfortunately, I cannot assist with any issue concerning Google blocking the results pie chart as I am not experiencing this issue.

lori
Community Participant

Stephanie, do you absolutely have to use the Google form?  Someone earlier in the thread suggested using a software called "Wedgies".  I have been using it successfully in one of my courses.  If interested, check it out at wedgies.com.  Hope this helps!

stephanie_johns
Community Participant

Hi Lori -- I do not use the Google apps because I do basic design that all faculty can use, so I have to avoid any external apps, iframe and embed codes, and custom HTML coding that they will not understand or know how to modify. Wedgies is a fun and easy app, but I can't use it until I know that it is accessible and can provide a VPAT, which we are starting to link to in our syllabi for any software that students are required to use. I emailed the wedgie.com customer support and will report on its response if and when I receive one.

Beth_Young
Community Contributor

Ah I see on rereading all the posts here that I would need to make new pie charts (rather than relying on the automatic summary of responses), as  @johnmartin  describes in his video. I'll need a bit more time to tackle that than I have right now, but at least now I get what is wrong!

stephanie_johns
Community Participant

Just as a follow-up, I contacted wedgies.com twice about its design for accessibility and for a copy of or link to its VPAT, most recently on May 22. I have not heard back from wedgies.com and am assuming that the app therefore does not meet Section 508 standards.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea is one of the lucky ones that was selected to get a little more time for voting as part of our evolution of the feature idea process.   It was selected because of it's vote count and/or comment thread.  

 

*Selection criteria: Most (not all) ideas that received 70+ votes in their initial voting round.

abromile
Community Member

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/3888-poll-option-for-voting‌ would be great. As of now we've just been using the quizzes to take polls.

insall
Community Participant

What is the benefit of embedding the content?  Can we not just link to google forms and have the students fill out surveys there?

johnmartin
Community Champion

Hi  @insall , one advantage is that embeds keep students in the course. One less chance to lose them in a myriad of tabs they.may have open.

Beth_Young
Community Contributor

Another advantage would be that tech support is available for Canvas, but not for Google Forms. I use Google Forms within assignments and like them, but the tech support burden falls on me.

don_bryn
Community Champion

It would be great to have polls available in Canva in general.   Isn't there a Canvas Polls app?   We just want the capability to use the polls in announcements, pages, assignments, etc. . .   I find polls very engaging to students when used in-class.  Just having them use their devices in class to answer questions or compete in teams seems to keep their attention much more than using the board.

bogardde
Community Participant

A polling tool in Canvas as you describe it would be very useful and welcome in the K-12 world, where we like being able to keep our students' interactions within the "walled garden" of our LMS when we so choose.

As an example of this need, just this past week I tried to help a teacher identify who had posted homophobic and racist comments in a PollsEverywhere poll that the teacher was projecting in real time for the whole class. Ugh. It was basically impossible to track down, because the free accounts are set up only for anonymous responses. It's possible that it wasn't even someone in that class! 

As a financially challenged public school district, there's no budget for additional 'premium' polling features such as email registration. So it comes down to either a kind of Russian roulette with free accounts, or abandoning an effective engagement tool. Many teachers end up shying away. A few will use the survey feature in Quizzes with their students, but it's a very basic tool and not nearly as nimble, versatile or visually interesting as the poll sites.

A well-executed Canvas Poll tool would open up a whole new avenue of student engagement for us.

Boekenoogen
Community Contributor

I know other LMSs have this feature built in. Is there an LTI that can be plugged into Canvas?

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi John,

I don't have any personal experience to share but polleverywhere appears to be popular.

RobDitto
Community Champion

Currently (2018) PollEverywhere offers a specialized user import process based on developer key, rather than an LTI tool.

mlake
Community Member

I will just add my voice to the chorus--this REALLY feels like a feature that Canvas ought to have without requiring some kind of external workaround, and it's something that similar products have. It would be very, very useful to have the ability to poll training participants/students, have them see a graph of the results, and hopefully be able to track who has completed while keeping which responses were theirs obscured/obscured from other students anyhow. I'm fairly surprised and disappointed that this doesn't exist. 

mlake
Community Member

Agreed. I work with adults, but same thing--there are a variety of reasons we prefer to keep our international participants within our LMS....

christiand
Community Participant

Technology needs to be in the background...permitting seamless discussions. As is, if a professor is up at the lectern tapping into Canvas to launch a PowerPoint, an Excel spreadsheet, or some other file/application...as it stands now, that professor who wants to introduce a quick poll then needs to bring out their mobile device to launch a poll (that they needed to create prior to class). This takes time and should be able to be done right from within Canvas on the PC/MAC up at the lectern. Could you all integrate the Polls for Canvas app with a web-based version of Canvas? That would help us greatly!

odd_torleiv_fur
Community Member

Seriously? Not reached the 100-vote threshold within 3 months? Is this the only criterion?.. The integration of graphic poll-responses to students is an obvious one. If you ever want to be a platform that stimulates motivation and encourages interactivity and instant "up-to-date"(i.e. graphic) feedback. This is something that is well integrated in our previous LMS....

chofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hello  @odd_torleiv_fur ...

The 100-vote threshold no longer exists.  Instructure has new criterion on how Feature Ideas are vetted: How does the feature idea process work in the Canvas Community?  (Check the section on How long are ideas open for vote?.)  Also, please check What is the feature development process for Canvas? for information on how Instructure gathers data on what we need and/or would like to see implemented in Canvas.  (This is covered in the Discover section of that document.)  Hope this helps!