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Active Learning improves exam scores and decreases failure rates 1 and polling is one of the best ways to bring it to the classroom.

Average examination scores improved by about 6% in active learning sections
Freeman, Scott, et al. [1]

In fact, in my research, we found an average increase of 10% in student exam scores between those who used FLUX frequently and those who didn't. Even more excitingly, this effect was found across multiple courses, lecturers and semesters!

With polling, you can re-use questions between semesters, automate assessment and engage students through discussions and active problem solving.

The articles in this series will give you everything you need to start using polling in the most effective, research-backed way.


  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.