To introduce you to setting up polls and surveys online.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this workshop, you should be able to
1. Create an online poll or survey
2. Compare online poll and survey services

1. What are online polls and surveys?
2. Educational focus
3. Ideas for practice
4. Sign up for Vizu and Survey Monkey
5. Using Vizu and Survey Monkey
6. Reflection
7. Evaluation

1. What are online polls and surveys?

Visit The web 2.0 Survival Guide entry on polls and surveys
  • Create and customise polls
  • Share your polls with others
  • Ask students to create polls on class topics and insert them into their wikis or blogs etc.

2. Educational focus
  • Communication and knowledge sharing
  • Opinion
  • Brainstorming
  • Feedback

3. Ideas for practice
  • Ask students to create a poll for a class investigation. Get them to collate their results and to present a report.
  • Use polls to demonstrate to students how survey questions can be used to manipulate opinion. The classic dialogue from ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ about opinion polls and introduction of national service can be a great starting point. Ask students to construct a poll that deliberately biases each side of an argument.
  • Create your own poll and use it as a quizz to check student understanding of a topic.
  • Use a poll to gather student feedback on your teaching or your course.
  • Teach students how to create meaningful poll questions around course themes.
  • Use polls as a way of gathering opinion or information for your own research.

4. Set up an account
external image logo_WebPoll.gifexternal image logo_mk.gifexternal image logo_txt.gif

ESSENTIAL! Write down or remember these things:*

  1. Your username
  2. Your web address/URL
  3. Your password
  4. The email address you used to create this account

*You will need your username and password to sign in to your blog in the future. If using WordPress, you will be able to access your blog in the future by either
  1. Visiting your blog's web address and signing in under the 'Meta' area, or
  2. Visiting wordpress.com and signing in via the WordPress main page

You will not be able to change your username or web address later; however, you will be able to change your password and email address.

5. Using online polls and surveys
In pairs, explore Vizu and Survey Monkey.
  • Create a poll in each
  • How do services compare in terms of functionality, ease-of-use, features? Other?

6. Reflection

  • What applications can you see for this in your work, teaching or research?
  • What have I learnt?
  • What is still unclear?
  • What do I need to follow up on?
  • Where to from here?
  • What other stuff I have read or accessed to help me make sense of it all?

7. Evaluation
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