Choice (poll/survey) - main entry

Whether you are starting from scratch or working with a choice poll already created, using the choice activity in a topic ideally consists of 5 stages, in a looped process.

1. Plan  |  2. Build  |  3. Test  |  4. Administer  |  5. Review  ||  Support 

choice iconThe choice (poll/survey) activity is a way of engaging with students in your topic, and applying a just-in-time or responsive approach to your teaching. It is an example of active teaching and feedback. Using the choice activity or a similar tool in a lecture adds interactivity. the Active Quiz has a greater level of interactivity.

The choice tool enables a teacher to ask a single question and offer a selection of possible responses. Choice results may be published after students have answered, after a certain date, or not at all. Results may be published with student names or anonymously. The choice can not be graded (for a gradeable alternative, check out the Active quiz).

1. Plan

Creating a choice activity requires you to know what you are going to ask your students. Do you have more than one question? How many options/responses are you going to offer? Is the activity going to be anonymous?

A choice activity may be used:

  • as a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a module
  • to quickly test students' understanding (e.g. in a lecture/workshop)
  • to facilitate student decision-making (e.g. allowing students to vote on a direction for the topic)

2. Build

Creating a choice poll can be completed once you have the question and answers/options created.

    1. Create a choice activity
    2. View the results of a choice activity

    3. Test

    • The first time you use the Choice activity, it recommended to do so with a small group of students.
    • Preview the choice activity in FLO (Profile >Switch role to> Student)

    4. Administer

    • Be sure to check your responses and acknowledge the results  
    • Share the results with your students - either automatically through the Choice tool or afterwards using a visualisation tool, like a word cloud or pie chart

    5. Review

    Before using the same choice activity, consider reviewing your activities prior to use.

    • View the choice as a student - switch your role and vote
    • Evaluate the purpose of the choice activity - what does it add for your students? When is it best utilised?

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