Poll Everywhere is an online tool that allows users to create and collect responses to poll questions or activities. In a live session poll responses can be collected by displaying a unique Poll Everywhere link belonging to the presenter. The presenter controls what poll is active via the link at any one time. To respond to the poll participants access the link using their mobile devices. Staff can display responses in real-time, allowing for an interactive session between presenters and participants. Polls and activities can be created on-the-fly or prepared earlier.
Poll Everywhere staff guide
Activate your Poll Everywhere account
Staff can create and access their Poll Everywhere account by signing in using a staff username and password to the Poll Everywhere/Unimelb login page
Once you have registered as a University of Melbourne Poll Everywhere user click the 'Polls' tab to start creating polls.
Poll Everywhere smartphone apps
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
- University-owned computers: download Poll Everywhere from the Software Centre on Windows or the Self Service Portal on Mac.
- Personal computer: download Poll Everywhere directly using the links below:
Add a poll to your 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.
- PollEv video: How to make an interactive PowerPoint
Present your polls in slides
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.
- PollEv guide: Embed an activity into your LMS subject
Respond to polls
For information and instructions on responding to polls, see the Poll Everywhere student guide.