Polling tools

In-class polling can be a powerful and flexible tool for teaching and a great way of increasing student participation. It enables educators to connect with any size cohort for a range of uses including:

  • improving student engagement
  • testing concepts prior to learning checks
  • collecting feedback on teaching delivery
  • formative and summative assessment
  • peer learning

Polling questions can take a number of different forms, for example Multiple choice, Word clouds and ordered rankings. The only “rule” for question design is that each question's structure and content reflect specific learning goals. Questions can even be designed without a “right” answer in order to encourage debate and discussion.

Note: Though the polling tool mentioned in the video is FLUX, any in-class polling tool will have the same benefits of active learning if used appropriately.

Benefits of using polling

In-class polling enables simple and easy one-to-many dialogue and can enhance students' active learning, participation, and improve learning outcomes especially in large classes or classes taught in online or hybrid modes.

In-class polling can be incorporated into lectures and online classes to increase student participation, which can have a strongly positive effect on learning outcomes when used as a part of an active learning strategy, whether it be peer or cooperative learning, debates, or other activities.

Polling activities can even increase attendance and class retention if connected to an assessment, for example a participation grade of 10%.

Education Performance Standards Framework

The Education Performance Standards identify the expectations of education practice at Monash – See the Education Performance Standards for more details.

Impact on student learning

Impact on educational knowledge

Impact on educational environment

Effective teaching and learning

Responsive program design

Student- centred orientation

Professional learning engagement

Pedagogical content knowledge

Education research performance

Education innovation

Education leadership




You could address these Practice Elements by providing evidence of how you:

  • Demonstrated ability to use engaging and active approaches to teaching and learning through the use of polling tools
  • Demonstrated contributions to development of activities, units and courses in line with current best practices, for example create engaging online synchronous polling activities
  • Demonstrated contributions to support positive student learning experiences in practice, for example create Zoom drop in sessions or schedule support meetings with your student to discuss feedback
  • Utilised polls to gauge student understanding of concepts and adjusted teaching practices accordingly

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