Poll Everywhere for Faculty / Staff/ TAs


Poll Everywhere is a web-based polling tool that does not require clickers. This tool is available to all instructors at the University of Pennsylvania as part of a University-wide license.

Instructors, TAs, or staff create a poll in their Poll Everywhere account. The poll is made in an unpublished state. Once a poll is published, students can respond to polls through text messages or the Internet. The poll can be closed manually by the instructor, TA, or staff, or it can be set to close at a certain time. Poll results appear in customized formats (graph, bar chart, etc.). Reports can be run for granular analytics and grading.


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Getting Started

How to get access to the tool. 

Step-by-Step Instructions

How to use the tool.

Important Information


Currently, a Canvas integration there is no Canvas integration for Poll Everywhere at the University of Pennsylvania. Instructions for how to use Poll Everywhere with Canvas (link).

Free vs. Subscription Poll Everywhere Accounts

The University of Pennsylvania Poll Everywhere license grants instructors access to the subscription version of Poll Everywhere.Depending one’s needs, a user may find that the free version of Poll Everywhere is sufficient. The following information will help users decide if they should use the free version of Poll Everywhere or the subscription version.

Free Poll Everywhere Accounts

There is a free version of Poll Everywhere that anyone can use without joining the Penn license. Sign up for a free Poll Everywhere account. 

The free version has most of the functionality available through the subscription version; however, it has these limitations:

          • There is a 40-response limit per poll.
          • The correct-answers display feature is not included.
          • The reporting feature is not included.
          • Participant accounts are unavailable, which means that there is not a way to match poll responses with respondents, since doing this requires participant accounts. In a course context, the lack of participant accounts means that instructors cannot determine which students submitted which responses.

Subscription Poll Everywhere Accounts

Poll Everywhere subscription accounts offer these additional features:

          • Allows for 10,000 responses per poll (please email canvas@pobox.upenn.edu if you plan to have more than 1,000 for a poll).
          • Has the correct-answer display feature.
          • Includes reporting.
          • Gives the option to create participant accounts, which means that poll responses. can be matched with respondents. In a course context, this means that instructors who set up participant accounts for their students can identify which responses came from which student.

Join the University of Pennsylvania Poll Everywhere License

Contact your Local Support Provider and let them know you want to use Poll Everywhere. Contact your Local Support Provider.

Please Provide This Information to Your LSP:

            • If you have created an account using the free version of Poll Everywhere, please give your LSP email address you used to create your free account. The same email address will need to be used to create your subscription account so that the polls you created through your free account will be added to your subscription account.

          • Please let you LSP know if you will want to associate poll responses with respondents( (i.e., you will need to know the names of the people who respond to your poll).

Last Updated: 20 Apr 2020