How can I poll my students with Zoom?
One of the best ways to get immediate student feedback is to poll your students during class. Zoom has a built-in polling tool that you can use to pose questions to your students and get real-time feedback on their responses. In order to use Zoom polling, you need to enable it in your zoom settings and prepare your questions in advance.
To enable it, log in to https://tufts.zoom.us/profile/setting and turn on Polling in the In Meeting (Basic) section. You only need to do this once.
One you have enabled polling in your Zoom account, you can add poll questions before class begins or you can manually create poll questions during class. You can create a maximum of 25 polls for a single meeting.
How to enable Polling for your Zoom account
Open your "Settings" page on tufts.zoom.us
- Log in at https://tufts.zoom.us/profile/setting
- Click on "In Meeting (Basic)"
- Scroll down to find the "Polling" setting and click the switch to enable
Now when you start a Zoom session you should see the "Polling" button with the other Zoom controls.
How to Create poll questions in advance
Although it is possible to create questions "on the fly" during your sessions, we find it is best to create your questions in advance.
Open your scheduled meeting on tufts.zoom.us
You can only add questions to a meeting that you have already scheduled, meaning that you need to create the meeting, save it, and then edit the meeting. Because the options for editing polls are better on tufts.zoom.us, we recommend setting up your polls there even if you scheduled your meetings through Canvas.
- Log in at https://tufts.zoom.us/meeting?type=upcoming
- Click on the title/topic of meeting you want to add polls to
Click "Add" in the polling section a the bottom of the page
Scroll to the bottom of the meeting page and click "Add" in the box where it says "You have not created any poll yet."
Add questions to the Poll
- Give your poll a title
- NOTE: a "Poll" in Zoom can have multiple questions. Multiple questions will be shown simultaneously when the poll is launched.
- Enter the question prompt
- Enter two or more answer choices (question can be single or multiple answer)
- Answers cannot be designated "correct"
- Click "+ Add a Question" to add more questions to the poll
- Click "Save" when done
Create more polls as needed
The polls you create will be listed at the bottom of the meeting page. Polls can be edited or deleted later.
How to launch polls during a Zoom meeting
Click the "Polling" icon in your Zoom controks
NOTE: You must be the host to have access to the Polling features.
Select the Poll you want to launch
Click on the Poll title at the top of the window to select other polls (if you created more than one poll for the meeting).
Click "Launch Poll" after selecting the poll.
NOTE: if a Poll has multiple questions they will be displayed simultaneously.
View the poll responses as they come in
The top of the poll window will turn green when the question is launched and features a timer. You can also see how students have responded.
Click "End Poll" to close the question.
Share the poll results with your students
If you want your students to see how they responded, click "Share Results".
Close the poll or launch another
If you want share another question, click the question title to select another question from the list. If you want to end the poll, click the red "close" button in the upper left-hand corner.