Polls & Surveys

Find tools to get feedback from students online in real-time, such as during lectures, or outside of any designated time. All tools recommended by the LT Hub have passed a UBC Privacy Impact Assessment and receive central technical and pedagogical support.

Synchronous Feedback

Asking students questions during a live session like a lecture can be done with built-in features of web-conferencing and collaboration tools like Zoom or with a dedicated student response system like iClicker Cloud.

General Tips

  • Use polls regularly during synchronous online sessions to increase student interaction and engagement.
  • Including pre- and post-activity polls helps you gauge students’ understanding of course topics before and after learning activities.
  • Analyze poll reports after class sessions to diagnose where students are encountering challenges with subject matter and could use more guidance from you.

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iClicker Cloud

Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None; but students may use pseudonyms to protect their privacy, as some account data is hosted outside Canada.

iClicker Cloud

Collect and optionally grade responses to in-class questions that students answer individually using the iClicker Cloud web interface on their own computer or mobile device.

What are the benefits?

  • You can check student knowledge and opinions in real time through polls (single questions) and quizzes (sets of multiple questions), conducted anonymously or for marks online.
  • You receive the responses instantly, and you can use these results to inform your teaching and/or share them with the class.
  • iClicker Cloud poll and quiz results can automatically count toward student grades in Canvas, if you set up syncing.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
High (a slow Internet connection may impact access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None; however, you should advise students not to sign in to free Zoom accounts, as these accounts store metadata about tool use on U.S. servers

Zoom Polling

Conduct polling during real-time online lectures, presentations, or meetings with Zoom’s built-in feature.

What are the benefits?

  • You can create multiple-choice questions (where you can have students pick one or multiple answers) ahead of time. You can also create these polls on-the-fly during a session.
  • Polling outcomes are available anonymously after the session, so you can get a sense of overall responses but can’t track individual student participation.

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Asynchronous Feedback

Get in-depth feedback by running a survey for students to take at a time of their choosing.

General Tips

  • Use a survey tool to gather mid-course feedback for a course or program to formatively shape the remainder of the time.
  • In research-focused courses, give students the opportunity to design and distribute their own surveys.


 

Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Qualtrics

Securely collect student feedback with UBC’s main survey tool.

What are the benefits?

  • You and your students can choose from more than 100 question types as well as add advanced branching and other workflow customization.
  •  You can collaborate on surveys with other UBC users and/or privately share outcomes with specific individuals using the built-in automated reporting, visualizations, and analytics.
  • The Survey IQ feature allows you to assess your survey’s accessibility and design before you send it out.

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