This guidance complements the UWE guidance on Polling.
Once you have started creating polls in Mentimeter, you may want to know a bit more about how to manage them. This post covers polling in and outside of class, hiding results, closing a poll and sharing both the results and the presentation itself.
Synchronous and asynchronous polls
Usually you are likely to be using polls within a class in real time, looking for students’ immediate responses to questions you present during your lecture. This is synchronous polling. By default, the polls you create will be set to ‘Presenter Pace’, which means students will not be able to move on to the next slide in your Mentimeter presentation until you do.
However, it is possible to make asynchronous polls for students to complete in their own time. You might do this if you want them to reflect on a lecture before giving you their feedback, or if you want to gather some data in advance to look at in class. To do this, you will need to change the poll to ‘Audience Pace’ using the ‘Configure’ option in the top bar.
Sharing a link for voting
During a presentation, your slide will by default have a 5 or 6 digit code at the top for students to access the poll on their device (if you wish, you can hide this by clicking on ‘Hide instructions bar’ under the ‘Customize’ tab, or using the shortcut key ‘b’ during the presentation). This code is best used for synchronous polling, as it usually expires after two days. If you want students to use a poll outside of class it is better to use a link or QR code, which can be found under ‘Configure’ in the ‘Share & Export’ tab. You can also get the voting link from your home page by clicking on the ‘Share voting link or results’ icon next to the presentation you want, and choosing the first link.
In a class situation, you may want to control when the results of a poll are made visible. It depends whether you want students to answer without being influenced by others, or if you are looking for them to build on each other’s suggestions. For example, a multiple choice question where the results appear instantly on the screen may encourage people to go with the option that is most popular, rather than one they think is correct. However, if you are asking about their favourite part of the course in an open format such as a word cloud, you may want them to see each other’s answers to remind them what they have done. Or, if you’re brainstorming for suggestions, you may want them to be inspired by previous entries. You can choose to show or hide results for individual slides under the ‘Customize’ tab. This can be toggled during the presentation using the ‘h’ key.
In an asynchronous poll, users will not generally see the poll results until they have voted (unless you have already given them a results link – see below). You can restrict this further; under ‘Configure’ in the ‘General’ tab you have the option to choose who can see the results:
- ‘Everyone that has participated’ – with this setting, all users will get an option after they have voted to be emailed the results.
- ‘Only people with the results link’ – users will not get an option to receive an email, but you can still send the results link to chosen people.
- ‘Only I can see it (private)’ – even if someone has the link, they will not be able to access the results.
Closing the poll
You may wish to stop new entries being added, for example in class if you have given sufficient time for voting and want to move on to a discussion of the results without late votes causing a distraction. Use the ‘c’ key to toggle between open and closed.
For an asynchronous poll, go to the ‘Customize’ tab and select ‘Close voting’ for an individual slide, or go to ‘Configure’ and switch Audience Access to ‘Off’ to make the whole presentation unavailable.
Some actions are only available once a poll is closed. For example, in a word cloud, once voting is closed you can remove words from the cloud. Be aware you can switch the poll back on again, and there is nothing to stop a removed word being re-added once you do.
From your home page, click on ‘Share voting link or results’ as you would to get a link for voting, but choose the second link:
You can also find the link in the ‘Share & Export’ tab under ‘Configure’ on your presentation.
This link can be emailed to individuals or put on your Blackboard site. The link will take users to a slide showing the voting results as they stand (remember, these may change unless you have closed the poll). Alternatively, you can show the results directly on your Blackboard site using the HTML code given.
Sharing a poll template
You may also want to share your presentation with other members of staff so they can use it in their sessions. This will create a new version of the presentation in their account.
Either: find the presentation on your home page and click on ‘Share this with your organisation’ in the icons next to it. The presentation will then be available to anyone in your organisation by going to the ‘Shared’ section on your home page.
Or: copy the link at the top of the page when you are in edit mode in the presentation (it should end in ‘/edit’) and email it to a colleague.
Either way, they will get a copy of the presentation in their account which can be edited independently – any changes will not affect your copy, and results will not be shared.
Although it is not possible to have one set of merged results for presentations in different accounts, you can export the results to Excel if you want to analyse the data all together.
For further support, don’t forget you can access the Mentimeter Help Centre from under ‘Help’ on your home page.
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