Poll Everywhere in Canvas LMS

Staff can utilise various options to share and display activities and results created in Poll Everywhere with students in Canvas. Additionally, activity reports can be imported to the Canvas Gradebook for marking.

While Poll Everywhere does not have an integration for use in the LMS, a variety of options are available to distribute activities and results to students through Canvas:

Additionally, staff can use Poll Everywhere to generate a column in the Gradebook to record results.

Refer to our Getting started with Poll Everywhere guide for information about creating and configuring activities and interactive slide presentations.

Distribute activities and results to students

For each of these options, you must first access the shareable links available in your activity:

  1. Open your activity from the My Polls page, then click the Present tab (step 1 shown), and select the Share option (step 2 shown).
  2. Decide which link you need and click the link icon to copy the link provided:
    1. Shareable Response Link to provide students with direct access to the respond to the activity, whether it is active or not
    2. PollEv.com/username to display your active polls available from your personal URL. If no polls are active, students will see a waiting screen.
    3. Live Results to show the activity results once the responses have been completed
    4. Embed poll to display a full view of the page within your Canvas content
Options available to share activity and results in Poll Everywhere
Options available to share activity and results in Poll Everywhere
  1. Navigate to the required page in your Canvas subject or community and click Edit
  2. Simply paste in the copied URL into the text area and Canvas will automatically hyperlink it for you
    Or
  3. Type in some content and highlight the words to be hyperlinked
  4. Click the link icon in the editor toolbar and select External Link
  5. Paste in the copied URL and click Save
Poll Everywhere links shown in Canvas
Example of Poll Everywhere links shown in a Canvas subject page

Embed activity or live results screen in a content page

Depending on the question type, some polls can also be embedded directly into a Canvas subject or community to allow students access to answer the poll from within the LMS. Additionally, live or static results can be displayed from a content page.

Some HTML knowledge may be required to resize and display these embedded polls suitably. Note, this option is only available for <iframe> tags; embeds which require <script> tags will not work in Canvas content pages.

  1. With the relevant HTML content copied from the Embed Poll option, click on the coding icon underneath the text editor to switch to a raw html editor.
  2. Paste in the code and click Save.
The coding icon allows you to switch to a HTML editor
The coding icon allows you to switch to a HTML editor
Example of a results page embedded in Canvas using HTML
Example of a results page embedded in Canvas using HTML

Add activities to a Module

This option displays your activity as a standalone item within a Module in your Canvas subject.

  1. Open your Canvas subject Module area and select Add Item to Module.
  2. Select External URL from the drop-down menu, then paste the copied link and name the item, then click the Add Item button in the bottom right.
  3. Your activity appears as new item in your Module.
Example of links to Poll Everywhere added to a Module
Example of links to Poll Everywhere added to a Module

For more information on any of these options, refer to Poll Everywhere's guides:

Export activity results to the Gradebook

Poll Everywhere has a Canvas integration to import class rosters and export Gradebook reports. This is useful when you would like to grade an activity you created in Poll Everywhere.

To enable the integration, you will first need to link your Canvas account with your Poll Everywhere account. You will only need to do this once. Once integration has been authorised, you will have the option to import class rosters as participant groups into Poll Everywhere, then export the reports into the Gradebook.

Students can access and participate in your live poll using a shareable URL which can be added to as a link on content page or embeded within a Module.

1. Import your course roster to register students

Before you import your roster, you need to link your Canvas account with Poll Everywhere as described in step 3a below. When you import the course roster, Poll Everywhere will send an automated Poll Everywhere registration email to students.

  1. On your My Polls page, click Participants on the top right, then click Add participants.
Add participants from the Participants tab
Add participants from the Participants tab
  1. In the Add participant pop up window, click Connect to LMS and select Canvas.
  2. Click the link provided to your available Canvas logins.
    1. First time users: You must link Canvas with your Poll Everywhere account (one-off action): Click Login beside the Unimelb Canvas URL. This action completes the integration.
      Click Authorise on the next to allow Poll Everywhere access to your LMS account.
      You should now have a link appear under Your available Canvas logins.
Select your available Canvas login OR connect your Canvas account (first time users)
Select your available Canvas login OR connect your Canvas account by clicking Login (first time users)
  1. Check one or multiple subjects (known as courses to Poll Everywhere) from the available course list, then click Continue. This starts the process of importing students associated with the subjects in Canvas.
Select one or more of your subjects and click Continue
Select one or more of your Canvas subjects and click Continue
  1. Click Got it! You will be directed to the Participant page in Poll Everywhere.Your imported course roster(s) appear in the Groups panel on the right.
  2. Note: Students will receive an auto-generated email providing them a link to create a new password and log in.

2. Export activity results and view in Gradebook

You can now direct students to complete your graded activity. Once all responses have been collected, export the results for use in the Gradebook.

A couple of important reminders:

  • Create graded activities if you want them to appear in the Gradebook.
  • Import the course roster before you activate and share the link with your students.
  • Ensure to check Restrict to registered participants only under the Configure settings.
  • Remind your students to register/login to Poll Everywhere with their UoM email address.

Once you have received the responses you will need to run a Report in Poll Everywhere.

  1. On your My Poll page, click Reports on the top then click Create report.
Create a new report from the Reports tab
Create a new Gradebook report from the Reports tab
  1. Select Gradebook as the report type.
  2. Select the activity your students submitted responses to, then click Finish to generate the report for the selected activity.
  3. Click LMS Export on the bottom right.
Choose LMS Export from the right-hand section of the Gradebook screen
Choose LMS Export from the right-hand section of the Gradebook screen
  1. Click the drop-down menu and choose from the relevant imported subjects.
  2. Decide how you would like the grades to be exported and check Percentage or Points. Click Next. This uploads the graded activity results into the Gradebook of that subject.
    Note: Updating the results into Gradebook may take a few minutes.
  3. Click Close on the Export Complete confirmation.

You can now go to the relevant subject in Canvas and click Grades in the subject navigation menu to open the Gradebook. You should now see a new column for the activity which displays the results.

For more information on any of these options, refer to Poll Everywhere's guides:

This guide was last updated 05 Mar 2020.
Please report any errors or omissions in this guide by submitting an LMS support request.

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