This week I'd like to share with you a great teaching strategy that Jan Tucker uses in her classes and that was mentioned briefly in Friday's Main In-Service session, that is using Student Polls in your classes. Polls are a great way to interact with your students and to gauge their understanding of concepts or expectations in your course.
Jan has been trying out Flisti, a free online polling site, in her classes and has found it especially beneficial in her discussions and announcements. For example, in a matter of a few short seconds Jan created and embedded a poll during Unit 1 that stated: "I have read and understand the class expectations --- Yes or No." What a fantastic way to get immediate feedback from your students on something like this!
As I mentioned, Jan has been using Flisti, which allows you to create quick, free polls without signing up. Our presenters on Friday also mentioned polls and one they mentioned was Polleverywhere.com. Polleverywhere.com allows multi-modal polling, including via text, and is free for a single user with up to 40 responders.
Particularly since we are mid-quarter, I encourage you to take this opportunity to check in with your students through a poll to see how they are doing. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
Online Instructional Specialist