Instant polls are great conversation starters in class. Instead of using outside tool it would be great to have a quick question thrown into a module as a poll or even on the discussion board. This would be ungraded and students would be allowed to see results but the results would be anonymous.
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As a work-around, could you create a short ungraded survey (via Quizzes) that would accomplish the same thing?
One of the things I like to do is use an embedded Google Form for a poll, and then also embed the results spreadsheet. This becomes a live tool, with student responses instantly reflected in the spreadsheet. Handy for flipped or simply web-enhanced courses where you might like to poll the room. Also good for capturing student responses in a fully online course.
I find this better than using an ungraded survey, because it is much easier to display the results to the students when you wish to.
As Chris mentioned, ungraded surveys are designed, in part, to collect this sort of feedback. Many instructors choose to create ungraded surveys and then link to them on the home page, in an announcement, etc. Would this meet your needs?
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I use this method too @kmeeusen ! The quick results and check of the pulse of students so that they too can see the results is useful online. I like to encourage this method in each module versus as a more formal survey but usually it's a bit more work than faculty like to setup. I miss out on using Canvas Polls by working strictly on online courses
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Haven't used it in a while, but www.polleverywhere.com was pretty awesome. Updates quickly and low bandwidth. Wonder if you could just "embed" something google oriented within Canvas to solve the problem?
I do NOT want to create a poll with an App that requires my students (or me!) to download apps onto their phones/devices, nor do I want to create a poll through an app. I don't like the ungraded survey as a workaround, nor does the discussion "like" feature meet my needs. I've seen the suggestions for embedding something, but that still requires students to create an account or log into an external site. I try to be careful about how many places my email address is floating around in cyberspace.
Polling is such a common and important feature of most courses when you want student feedback on various topics. It's absolutely bizarre that this isn't a regular part of the standard Canvas options! I never use many of the other ones, but I would use Polls almost constantly. PLEASE add this feature!!
Exactly @mcdowela . If you want to track which students have answered a poll, having them login is needed in any solution right now other than Ungraded Surveys.
As an FYI in case it helps in the interim, if you embed a Google poll or one of the other free polling tools (poll everywhere, etc), if you don't mind anonymous responses, students can complete the poll, the instructor can view the results, and students do not have to create a login! You just lose the tracking option of who has completed the poll.
For us at my school, we have Google as a university installation so thankfully we have either option as students are already logged into Google through our authentication when they are logged into Canvas and it doesn't require a separate account creation so there are not any additional privacy concerns.
Perhaps I am not understanding the request, but I do not see why, as others have stated, an ungraded quiz/survey in Canvas would not serve the purpose. If the idea is to have the students perhaps read something in a text or on a page in Canvas and then poll them about what the feel they need help understanding, I would think that a Canvas survey would work perfectly for this, and it could be linked to from the page containing the weekly content.
For me the difference is the level of complexity. I think of a Poll as: single question, able to be embedded, possibly with instantly view results. It's a quick response potentially within a discussion post or announcement. I think of an ungraded survey as something more complex and a separate tool. Yes I can use the survey but it's a different type of thing. For example, In the image Follow this link feels different than click to choose:
What about using the Polls mobile app? Mobile Guides - Polls for Canvas Of course, I realize that people would need a smart phone or tablet to use this app...but maybe it is a possibility for some?
One downside to that idea is that there isn't a way to surface poll results in the course environment or tie them to the course record. Good idea, though.
Oh!!! Makes sense...thanks for the extra info, Scott!
Thank you for the image! This is precisely the type of poll I want to be able to create. And no, I don't want to have to download an app or have my students download apps. I want to be able to create ones just like that on my computer. Again, thanks for the image!
I use Google forms for this purpose all the time. Simply create a Google Form for your poll, grab the embed code for the form and embed the form on a Canvas page. You can then use a free online iFrame generator (Online iFrame Generator - iFrames Generator) to create the embed code for the Google Response form, and embed the response form right below the Poll form on the same page. The resulting Canvas page will look like this.............
I hope this helps,
Thanks for the suggestion. I've seen that before and it looks good. But I don't want to have to go to Google forms and embed stuff. This really should be a common feature available on Canvas! 🙂
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