Using Polls in eLearning

Reading through “Teaching with Technology: Tools and Strategies to Improve Student Learning” from Faculty Focus, I have been enlightened as to the usefulness of “Polls”. Since most people can only retain about 20 minutes of information in our short-term memory, it is important to offer reflection so that it can move to our long-term memory. Using a poll will help with class engagement and offer a reflection activity. There are a variety of free websites that allow you to set up polls. A fun poll initiative uses smartphones to text in the answers. I know my students would enjoy that. The poll can be incorporated into a PowerPoint and when that slide is shown students can text their response and the graph begins to appear in that PowerPoint slide as their responses are recorded. Wow! The link for this poll is

Take a look at the following link which shows a video demonstrating the use of Poll Everywhere.

MicroPoll offers a system that is easy to embed in a website, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

Flisti requires no sign up and is super easy to use.

Try the “Poll” below


About Karin Potgieter

Originally from South Africa, I have been privileged to enjoy the beautiful lifestyle of Canada. My career in Early Childhood Education has been motivating, ranging from the endearing relationships with the children and families of the Preschool that I owned to the inspirational interactions with my students as instructor of the Early Childhood Education Certificate Program. My qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Early Childhood Education Certificate, Provincial Instructors Diploma and en route to completing the Certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction.
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