Creating a poll, setting options, and saving the poll file is only part one. The next part is to show the poll to the audience during the session and get them to respond. Just displaying the poll and waiting for the timer to run down might not be enough. I recommend that you start by including a poll slide or other indicator to remind you and your participants that a poll is about to be shown. At that point, you might say, "Stand by for a poll question," or "Please respond to the poll that you're about to see on your screen." You'll need to expand the Polling Panel, select the correct Poll Tab, and then click Open to display the poll question to the participants.
Once you have the poll open, participants are able to see it and to start voting. At this time, you can say, "As you can see, there is a poll displayed on your screen. Please click the Option button to the left of your response or responses and be sure to click on the Submit button." You don't need to read the poll aloud, but you can if you choose to emphasize or clarify any points. You might also tell participants how the data will be used or not used.
You might say polling responses are anonymous, or maybe they aren't, or your responses will be scored, or your score will count towards your grade. Warn participants as the time runs down that they finish quickly and submit. You can close the poll before the timer ends if you choose, but you cannot extend the time. Once the timer has run down or the poll is closed, presenters can opt to show the results to participants.
Okay, I am going to go ahead and show some now. So here comes Poll Question 1. So I am clicking on the Open Poll button. This is how it looks on the participants' screen. And then say to the participants, "Please vote using the polling options that you see for Question 1, and please fill-in your formula for Question 2. So you will need to type in that little textbox and then click Submit." As the time takes down, I will say to the participants, "Please finish up and click Submit." And at this point, as you can see on the Presenter screen, I now have options to display Poll Results or Individual Results by just clicking on the checkboxes here.
When I click Apply, the data is then displayed to the individuals. There are some situations that it is appropriate to show individual poll responses. In this case, you'll want to click on that option and display the results. Notice that what's actually happening behind the scenes is your application sharing a tab in your browser that has this data collected and is available to display to your audience. I'll click on STOP SHARING to return back to the WebEx interface, where we can again see the slides on the left side.
I'd like to show another poll question at this time, so I am clicking on the tab at the top of the Polling Panel. So another type of poll question that you might choose to display would be one that has more than one right answer. So in the case of this poll question related to the order of operations, there are two questions that are correct. When I show the poll or open the poll for the participants, they will be able to select more than one answer. I am going to click on the Open Poll button now and then my participants have the opportunity to respond.
So I would say to them, please go ahead and choose any of the correct answers that you see. There might be more than one. Notice that instead of circular option buttons, we are seeing little squares that will accept checkboxes, so the participants can click on those buttons. And of course, remind them to click on the Submit button as well. So as they're responding to the polls on the Presenter screen, we can see a red bar chart building to show who has responded and how many people have yet to respond.
So as a presenter, I might want to say, "If you haven't responded yet, please go ahead and click on your answer and be sure to click Submit." As the timer ticks down, I might just encourage them to finish up quickly, but I can always close the poll before the timer completes if I notice that everyone is 100% complete. So I do want to show the poll results and the correct answers. So I will click on each of those checkboxes, and then click Apply.
Not much changes on the presenter screen, but on the participants' screen, the participants can now see the interface the way I was seeing in a minute ago with a bar chart to the right and the correct answer is indicated with green checkmarks to the left. So by doing this, participants can evaluate whether or not they answered the question correctly. When we are finished with the poll, remember the Poll Panel will continue to display until the participants collapse that panel and expand another panel.
So you might need to remind them to collapse the polling when you're finished using it and revert back to showing chat and participants instead of the polling panel. So as you can see, there's multiple ways to use polls, there is different types of questions that you can ask, and there's different ways that the participants can respond. There are even different ways to show the results or the data to the participants when you're finished.
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