Poll Everywhere is an online tool that allows users to create and collect responses to poll questions or activities.
In a live session, activity responses can be collected by displaying a unique Poll Everywhere link belonging to you, the presenter. You can control which activity is available (active) in this link at any one time.
To respond to the activity, students access the link using their laptops or devices. You can choose to display responses in real-time, allowing for an interactive session. Activities can be created on-the-fly or prepared earlier and interspersed throughout a PowerPoint presentation, for example.
Activate your Poll Everywhere account
University staff can create and access their Poll Everywhere account by signing in using a staff email and password at polleverywhere.com/login
Enter your University of Melbourne staff email address and click Next
Click Log in with University of Melbourne. You will be directed to your Poll Everywhere account. Note: You may be prompted to authorise Poll Everywhere if this is your first time logging in. Please click Authorize to continue.
Once you have registered as a University of Melbourne Poll Everywhere user click the 'Polls' tab to start creating polls.
Having the Poll Everywhere app on your your smartphone or tablet while presenting gives you another option for controlling polls during a live session. It is particularly useful if you wish to moderate responses to free-text polls, activate polls without using a PowerPoint presentation, or create questions on the fly.
Get the smartphone app
Download the Poll Everywhere app from your device's app store or marketplace.
Add Poll Everywhere to PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides
Poll Everywhere works in PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides and has been installed on presentation computers on campus running Windows, and currently being installed across presentation computers running Mac. Simply open your preferred program and log in to the app to access your current polls or create new polls for your presentation.
Get the plugin
In addition to being available on presentation computers campus wide, you can install the Poll Everywhere plugin on your own computer to integrate with PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides.
Once installed, Poll Everywhere will be available from a new ribbon in PowerPoint, in an application for Keynote, or in a Chrome extension for Google Slides. You will need to go to open Poll Everywhere and log in when prompted so that you can then add polls to your slides or create new polls.
Once you have logged in, you will have access all polls that you have created by clicking on Insert. New polls can also be created using this ribbon.
To have the polls display on screen during a live session, remember the following:
The presenter computer must be connected to the internet
The presenter computer must have the plugin for PowerPoint installed and be logged in to your account
The PowerPoint presentation must be in slideshow view (not the editing screen)
Using Poll Everywhere in the LMS
Adding a link to your personal Poll Everywhere URL (e.g. PollEv.com/testpresenter) into a LMS subject or community gives students access to respond to your active poll. If no polls are active, they will see a waiting screen.
Depending on the question type, some polls can also be embedded directly into an LMS subject or community to allow students to answer the poll without leaving 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.