Monday, February 11, 2013

Polls...What role can they play in your class?

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 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!

Heather Thomton-Stockman
Online Instructional Specialist

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