Often, I’m spurred on to learn something new by a question someone asks me.
Sometimes it’s a student and I have no problem saying, “I don’t know. Let’s find out!”
And this year, as I’ve enjoyed my new role in coaching my faculty and staff colleagues in online pedagogy, I’ve had no problem saying, “I don’t know. Let’s find out!”
Recently, a colleague asked me if I knew of any free alternatives to using clicker technology in classes–something easy to use which students could access via phone.
She asked me this only hours after I came out of a technology meeting where this exact thing was discussed as possible in Moodle.
There are two ways to approach this activity, using two different Moodle resources.
One resource is called “Choice.” This is a one-question-only quick survey. You can administer it at any point through Moodle, including on the spot in class, having students access Moodle through the web or the Moodle Mobile app on their laptops, tablets or cell phones.
Here is a link to documentation on the Choice resource, including further links to a screencast and so on.
The other resource is called “Feedback” and allows for multiple questions. This could also be used at any point in class, though because it includes more questions, one might want to prepare it in advance.
Here is a link to documentation on the Feedback resource.
Both Choice and Feedback can be set-up (by you) to show results anonymously or attached to individuals. There is also, evidently, an option so that students see the results anonymously but you can see who said what–however, I haven’t experimented with that yet.
These two resources could work well on the ground or online to take quick polls in your courses.