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PollEverywhere: Getting Started

What is it?

PollEverywhere is an audience response system licensed by GW's School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

PollEverywhere provides SMHS faculty with multiple question types including multiple choice, word cloud, clickable image, and open-ended questions.  Functionality is also available for Q&A which allows users to respond and then upvote or downvote submitted responses, and competition which also the instructor to create a series of questions and let participants compete to answer fastest.

PollEverywhere allows students to respond to questions synchronously via an app or webpage, and also permits asynchronous questions (Survey).

Where to get help?

For support in learning how to use PollEverywhere, please contact:

Health sciences faculty can contact:

Getting Started

To get started with PollEverywhere:

1. Sign up for a PollEverywhere account.

  • SMHS faculty can request a PollEverywhere account from Tracy Thompson (tlthompson@gwu.edu) or Laura Abate (leabate@gwu.edu)

  • When you receive the emailed invitation, click on the link and register for a PollEverywhere account.

To use PollEverywhere with Powerpoint, Keynote, or Google Slides:

2.  Download and install the Google Chrome PollEverywhere extension on your computer.  Note: Poll Everywhere for Google Slides is a Chrome extension and only works with the Google Chrome web browser.

Types of Polls

PollEverywhere has four different types of polls available for use:

  • Multiple-choice polls allow students to choose an answer from a list of responses options (e.g. True/False, A, B, or C).  You can also upload images to serve as response options.
  • Word cloud displays audience responses as a dynamic word cloud. 
  • Q&A allow students to submit responses; students can anonymously agree or disagree with other responses by upvoting or downvoting.
  • Clickable image polls allow students to click on an image to vote (e.g. click on the state where you attended college). 
  • Survey provides for asynchronous responses to PollEverywhere questions.
  • Open-ended polls allow student to submit free text responses to the polls.  Open-ended poll responses can be displayed as text wall, word cloud, cluster, or spotlight. Faculty may choose to use Moderation to manage which responses are shown publicly.
  • Competition allows the instructor to create a series of questions, then let participants compete to answer fastest.

Featured uses

Training Materials

The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library
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