Effective Polling Checklist

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1. Create a practice question

In your first class, we recommend trying a practice question like "What do you want to be after you graduate?". It's a good idea to start with just one or two questions per class to get a feel for things. You can then increase your usage as you become more comfortable.

2. Ask your students to sign in using your Audience code (e.g. flux.qa/ABC123) before class

This can be done via email or your learning management system and will save you time in class. You can also send your students a link to the Getting Started (Students) page to save you having to answer questions around signing up.

3. Create a slide to explain why you are using FLUX

Consider citing research showing the link between active participation and improved exam scores. For example: "Average examination scores improved by about 6% in active learning sections." [1]

4. Assign marks to attempts if possible

The most effective way to realise the benefits of active learning for students is to assign marks for thinking about and answering questions. Read our Assigning Marks guide for how to do this most effectively.

5. Create a slide explaining what happens if a student can't answer

Let students know they can chat to you after class if they're unable to answer for any reason. Read our Assigning Marks guide for how to handle this when marks are assigned.

6. Test-run the whole process before class

This will allow you to catch any speed bumps in your workflow.

References

  1. Freeman, S., Eddy, S. L., McDonough, M., Smith, M. K., Okoroafor, N., Jordt, H., & Wenderoth, M. P. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(23), 8410-8415. (link)

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Nathan Sherburn

Nathan is a PhD Student at Monash University in Melbourne Australia. His research is focused on how polling can be used most effectively in University classes.