Canvas Toolbox: Promising Poll Everywhere

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Poll Everywhere is a web-based polling tool that accepts responses via text message, web browser, or mobile app. This tool is available to all instructors at the University of Pennsylvania under a University-wide license.

Poll Everywhere can be used for asynchronous, synchronous, or in-person courses and presentations. It allows instructors to gain feedback from students in real-time about course topics, points of interest, or to gauge how well students are learning the material. For more in-depth information, please visit our Poll Everywhere guide.

Unlike Perusall and Ed Discussion, this tool can be used with or without the Canvas integration. If you would like Poll Everywhere integrated into your course in Canvas, please contact your Local Support Provider (LSP) to ensure the integration is configured properly.

Poll Everywhere can be used in the following applications:

  • Powerpoint
  • Google Slides
  • Keynote
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Slack
  • Zoom

The slide that you use in your presentation or online meeting will have a URL that viewers can go to in order to complete the activity via text message, web browser, or mobile app. You can also present an activity directly from the Poll Everywhere website or share an activity URL with participants.

Please view the Instructor Guide, Presenter Guide, and Considerations for Successful Use of Poll Everywhere for more information on using this tool.

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