How to use Poll Everywhere to gather live feedback

Challenge: To find ways to build a conversation from students during a lecture

Activity overview:

This activity uses Poll Everywhere so that lecturers can gather real-time data from their students in both online and physical settings. This activity can be used to run a knowledge check, guage opinions and gather feedback from students to help enhance teaching & learning.


ABC – Discussion Type Activity
This activity relates to the ABC activity type of discussion and supports students with activities relating to debating, reflective analysis and discussion

Activity in practice:

Academic: Mr Trevor Simpson

School: School of Health and Social Care

Students were asked a series of questions inside of a session to guage their understanding. This feedback was then used to help facilitate discussion and address any areas of misconceptions

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Benefits of activity:

  • Engages Students with live interaction
  • It can be used to help identify misconceptions
  • Facilitates discussion and enables students to engage with critical thinking skills

Instructions & Related Resources

Below you will find some instructions relating to the activity mentioned above to enable you to adapt this activity for your subject area. This is split into three sections for your convienience: Preparing the activity, running the activity and related resources. Feel free to let the digital education team know how you have adapted this activity.

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Preparing the Activity
    1. Think about where you might use Poll Everywhere, and why, and how you would deal with the immediacy of the feedback / responses (as they are displayed to the whole group in real-time).
    2. If you are not already familiar with using Poll Everywhere, spend some time experimenting with different questions and question types.
    3. Design your questions with possible and potential feedback / responses in mind.
    4. Create your questionnaire using Poll Everywhere, and trial it with some colleagues, checking for details such as clarity of language. (it should be noted that you can used a Poll Everywhere plugin for powerpoint)
    5. Make sure that all students in your group have access to a suitable device, and that they are prepared to use it in this way. Be cautious
      that some students may not possess their own device and may feel at a disadvantage.
    Running the Activity

    Below is one example of how this activity can be used with students.

    1. Load the quiz onscreen to display live feedback
    2. Share the code students need to join the quiz (this can be accessed via their phone/tablet/laptop)
    3. Go through each question to display the answer
    4. Look at the feedback with the students to emphasise and lead points of discussion


    Related Resources

    Staff Helpsheet | Creating Your First Poll with Poll Everywhere | Doc | PDF

    Staff Helpsheet | Using One of Your Poll Everywhere Polls with Students | Doc | PDF 

    Staff Helpsheet | Using the Poll Everywhere PowerPoint Plugin | Doc | PDF