Pedagogical Use of Electronic Voting Systems

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Pedagogical Use of Electronic Voting Systems

  1. 1. The Pedagogical Use of Electronic Voting SystemsSome systems• Participoll – (http://www.participoll.com/).• Mentimeter (www.mentimeter.com)• smspoll (www.smspoll.net/index.php)• polleverywhere (www.polleverywhere.com)Some links to papers:• http://evs.psy.gla.ac.uk/papers/draperbrown.pdf• http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10956-006-0360-1• http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10956-008-9140-4• http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/subjects/msor/9124_retkute_r_evs.pdfDiscussion:• What do we want to use voting systems for?• What are the pedagogical advantages and disadvantages?• What features do we need? What features would we like?• What barriers are there to their use e.g. signal/wifi availability?
  2. 2. Summary of Features:Mentimeter• https://www.mentimeter.com• Free and paid version.• Vote using phone or tablet – phone or wifi (needs internet connection)Free Premium ($99/month)Unlimited number of questions Yes YesUnlimited number of respondents Yes YesSave your question In account In accountVoter ID expiration(used when voting for aquestion or series)Unlimited(one month if notcreated from account)UnlimitedWorkshop Questions - YesCustom Themes - 5Number of series Unlimited UnlimitedQuestions in series 2 UnlimitedBranding - YesExport your results(Excel format)- Yes• User experience/reviews:• http://interestedtech.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/mentimeter.html
  3. 3. SMSPoll• http://www.smspoll.net/• Voting using text messaging.• Unlimited number of polls.• Can upgrade and downgrade plans on a month-by-month basis.Elite Premium Advantage Professional Casual FreeVotes Per Poll 6,000 2,500 800 300 50 15Votes Per Month 100,000 42,500 13,500 5,000 1,000 300Available Chart Styles 9* 9* 9* 9* 9* 2*Schedule Polls toAuto-StopY Y Y Y Y YAdd Polls toPowerPointY Y Y Y Y YAdd Polls to YourWebsiteY Y Y Y Y YWeb Voting Y Y Y Y Y YMobile Browser Voting Y Y Y Y Y YFully CustomisableChartsY Y Y Y Y YReal-Time ChartUpdatesY Y Y Y Y YDrag & DropDashboardY Y Y Y Y YDownload Poll Results Y Y Y Y Y YUnited Kingdom£600.00 £240.00 £95.00 £35.00 £10.00 FREE
  4. 4. Poll Everywhere• http://www.polleverywhere.com/• USA based. Votes via SMS, browser or tweet.• Free and paid plans.• Can upgrade and downgrade plans on a month-by-month basis.FreePersonal$15/monthPresenter$65/monthPlenary$140/monthConference$375/monthPlatinum$1400/monthResponses per PollAudience size40 50 250 700 2,500 20,000Multiple UsersShare your account1 1 2 4 8 10Identify ParticipantsDetailed results bypersonY Y Y Y YResponse ModerationApprove what responsesare displayed on-screenY Y Y YCustom KeywordsFour or more charactersY Y Y YResponse SegmentationRun competitions andcomparisonsY YTechnical Support FAQ Email Email Phone Phone24x7 ByAppt• User experience and resources• http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/live-polling-of-your-students-with-poll-everywhere/44961• http://fcpe.adelphi.edu/services/workshop/polleverywhere_tutorial.pdf [tutorial]• http://help.unc.edu/help/poll-everywhere-faq/ [faq]

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