DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

DIGITAL POLLING RESOURCES

DIGITAL POLLING RESOURCES

Below are a range of digital polling resources that include both pedagogical considerations and technical steps on how to best utilise Mentimeter in your teaching practice.

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RESOURCE 1: Getting Started with Mentimeter

RESOURCE 1: GETTING STARTED WITH MENTIMETER
WHAT IS MENTIMETER?

Mentimeter is both a digital polling and a presentation tool that can be used for your presentation that enables you to interact with your students using real-time digital polling.

  • How to create a Mentimeter account you can now connect with a Single Sing On (SSO) to access all of the features of Mentimeter. Use this resource to review how to join; or, if you have an existing account, how you upgrade to the SSO.
  • Your dashboard – it’s important to understand the interface that you will see when you log into Mentimeter; this resource reviews the key components.
  • Folders in Mentimeter– you are teaching in different units or want to organise your presentations; this resource outlines how to use this feature.
  • Presenting with Mentimeter– get an overview of the presentation view and know what to expect when you are presenting. This shows one question type, but this will be explored further in the next section.
  • How to enter the voting presentation– review the different ways in which your students can connect to your presentation and how easy it is to get started voting.

Create your first presentation

WHAT ARE THE QUESTION TYPES?

Once you have logged in, you will be able to create your first presentation. Before you get started, consider why you are using digital polling and what you want to find out.

  • Multiple choice questions – students can choose between the different options you provide
  • Image choice questions – similar to multiple choice, however upload images instead of words as options.
  • Word cloud questions – students can add words to create a word cloud that will grow and expand.
  • Open ended questions – enable students to type their answers freely.
  • Ranking questions – provide a list of items where student can rank them in a particular order and Mentimeter will rearrange these according to the order the students have put them in.
  • Scales questions – students can rate something using a likert scale this question type can be effective.
  • 2 by 2 matrix – rather than one dimension, if you would like to rate an item with two dimensions then this is the question type for you.
  • Questions from audience – enable the students to ask you questions from their own device anonymously.

 

PRESENTING WITH MENTIMETER
  • Change the result layout – regardless of the question type you select, you can choose the layout of the responses.
  • Hide results – if you want to avoid bias by not showing real time responses you can show results once everyone has contributed.
  • Segmentation of votes – want to show a high level analysis of votes real time based on how participants have responded in previous questions.
  • Mentimote – if you would like to present using your smartphone only then use this remote presentation app.
  • Select voting pace – learn about the difference between presenter pace and audience pace.
  • PowerPoint plugins and integrations – if you have a PowerPoint presentation; you can import this into Mentimeter or you can simply add the plug in to PowerPoint. Please note: there can be some lag time depending on your audience size, so, in this instance it is recommended that you have PowerPoint/presentation app open full screen and alt+tab between that and your Mentimeter account

See what questions you can ask your audience and learn how to maximise engagement with them. To see specific example refer to when would I use digital polling? If you would like to showcase how you are using digital polling in your unit and the different ways in which you engage with it, please contact joan.sutherland@deakin.edu.au.

ADD THE DEAKIN UNIVERSITY LOGO

To add the Deakin University logo you need to download a high resolution logo and add to your presentation in a few simple steps.

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RESOURCE 2: Designing questions for digital polling in your unit

RESOURCE 2: Designing questions for digital polling in your unit

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE FOR YOUR DIGITAL POLLING?

Digital polling can be applied to the teaching and learning space for a number of reasons including, but not limited to: increase student engagement and participation; increase student feedback around threshold concepts so teachers can adapt content; rapid feedback loops for the teacher and learner through knowledge self-checks; reinforce threshold concepts; create a sense of cohort and connection between campus and cloud-based students; and alignment of digital polling questions to content.

Before implementing Mentimeter in your teaching practice it is important to articulate why you are using digital polling and what you want to achieve by using it. This will enable you to review your content and determine where to add digital polling accordingly. Please note: it is not expected that you get it right the first time however review how it has worked and iterate your design through feedback for the following weeks’ content and unit.

To get ideas of the different question types, refer to the question types in What are the question types?

TIPS & TRICKS TO GET STARTED

In our research of academics using digital polling in their units, it was found there were some simple tips and tricks to get started:

  • Do not ‘overuse’ the digital polling tool; find a happy medium for your unit otherwise it can ‘hijack’ the class and lead to reduced engagement;
  • When using digital polling, make sure students see the impact as this will increase engagement. For example, if you pose a question and the majority of students get it incorrect, then it is important that you spend time on why that answer was incorrect. In doing so, you are demonstrating that the students’ response will generate an impact (in this instance an explanation of why it was incorrect) and therefore they will be more likely to participate in future polls.
  • Do not underestimate the time it takes to respond to the polls; so start off small and iterate the design as you progress.
  • To design polls that aren’t generic but are aligned to the content can be time consuming; so, to get started, you can use the questions from a text book that you may be aligning your teaching with. Remember, this is an iterative process, so you can review this over time.
  • Don’t use the same question types; experiment with different question types to get the feedback from the students.

 

HOW DO YOU DEVELOP THE RIGHT QUESTIONS?

The When would I use Mentimeter? demonstrate different ways in which digital polling can be implemented in the teaching and learning space to achieve different pedagogical outcomes. It is important to experiment with different question types depending on what you like to achieve.

There are a number of different question types that you can develop, for support in writing the following please visit: 

Use this <checklist><downloadable checklist> to support you in getting started developing your digital polling questions 

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RESOURCE 3: EMBEDDING MENTIMETER INTO YOUR PRESENTATION

RESOURCE 3: EMBEDDING MENTIMETER INTO YOUR PRESENTATION
HOW DO PLUGINS WORK IN MENTIMETER?

PowerPoint plugin and integrations

You can either upload your PowerPoint presentation into Mentimeter (recommended) or upload Mentimeter into your PowerPoint presentation

HINT: there can be some lag time when integrating Mentimeter into PowerPoint so it is recommended that you keep Mentimeter open and Alt + Tab between screens

HOW TO IMPORT A PRESENTATION

Link: How to import a presentation  

Mentimeter can also be used as presentation tool so instead of embedding Mentimeter into PowerPoint, why not embed your PowerPoint into Mentimeter? Please note: this works best if there are no animations so if you have a basic presentation, why not use Mentimeter as a presentation tool and embed the digital polling throughout. 

This resource outlines how you can upload your PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides presentation to Mentimeter. 

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RESOURCE 4: create a knowledge hub

RESOURCE 4: create a knowledge hub
SHARE YOUR PRESENTATION WITH OTHERS

Link: Share knowledge within the team 

  • Don’t waste time recreating the same questions again and again within your teaching team. Use the ‘share presentation’ functionality to  share resources with each other.

Share presentation link

  • If you would like someone to review your presentation prior to using it live, use this resource to learn how to share the presentation link. 

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RESOURCE 5: before and during your presentation

RESOURCE 5: before and during your presentation
CREATE AND TEST YOUR PRESENTATION

Creating presentations

Make the most of your presentation by considering these settings prior to your presentation to make sure it is perfect for you. Download this <checklist><downloadable checklist> to guide this process.

Test your presentation

Before you present, it is important to test your presentation to ensure you are confident. Use this resource for the key items you need to check.

TOP TIPS

Link: Reset the results to use your presentation

After you have tested your presentation, or you have used the presentation, you may need to reset your results. Tip: do this prior to your presentation just in case someone has added some responses that you didn’t know about.

Link: Before and during your presentation

Some straightforward tips to ensure your presentation runs smoothly.

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RESOURCE 6: using the results of digital polling

RESOURCE 6: using the results of digital polling

There are many pedagogical reasons as to why you would implement digital polling in your teaching and learning. It is important to note that if you wish to use your responses for any research or publications, you have to seek ethical clearance according to the Deakin University policy.

WHO DO I GO TO FOR SUPPORT AND ADVICE?

Technical issues

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Hours of support:

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Design issues

Email eSolutions: deakin@service-now.com
Phone support: 1800 463 888

Hours of support:

Monday to Friday: 8:00am – 8:00pm

Saturday to Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

FACULTY

Faculty of Business and Law

Faculty of SEBE

Faculty of Arts and Education

Faculty of Health

Technical issues

Email eSolutions: deakin@service-now.com
Phone support: 1800 463 888

Hours of support:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday to Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Design issues

Email eSolutions: deakin@service-now.com
Phone support: 1800 463 888

Hours of support:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday to Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

FACULTY

  • Faculty of Business and Law 
  • Faculty of SEBE 
  • Faculty of Arts and Education 
  • Faculty of Health