Using the Polling Feature in Zoom

Polling your students is a great formative assessment option to see if students understand what you are teaching. For efficiency during class, it is best if you set-up the polling questions prior to class. Results can be private, so that only you know the results, or you can share them with the class. Names are not included in the shared results, but they can be downloaded after the session.

Creating Polls for an Individual Meeting

*These instructions are modified from Zoom's documentation on Polling for meetings External Link Icon . See their page for more details.
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Sign in to the Zoom web portal at https://zoom.usu.edu external link icon

 
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Go to the Meetings page and click on your scheduled meeting

(If you do not have a meeting scheduled, schedule a meeting now)

 
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Scroll to the bottom to find the Poll option

 
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Click Create and choose whether you would like to make a basic poll or an advanced poll/quiz

  • Basic Polls: Only multiple choice questions are available.
  • Advanced Polls and Quizzing: Multiple choice, matching, rank order, short answer, and long answer questions are available.
Note: Advanced Polling needs turned on in your account first. On zoom.usu.edu, select Settings. Find Meeting Polls/Quizzes and check the box next to Allow host to create advanced polls and quizzes.
 
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Enter a poll title and your first question

(You will use the title to identify the poll while you are in the meeting)

  • Select what type of question you want from the dropdown menu to the right of your poll question.
  • (Optional) Click the Anonymous check box to keep the participant polling information anonymous in the meeting and in reports.
 
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Type in the answer options for your question and click Save at the bottom

 
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If you would like to add an additional question, click Add a Question to create another question for that particular poll

  • All questions on the same poll will be available to participants once the poll is started. If you want poll questions active at different times during class, create multiple polls.

Creating Reusable Polls

Follow the instructions below to create polls that are saved to your Zoom account.

*These instructions are modified from Zoom's documentation on Polling for meetings External Link Icon . See their page for more details.
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Sign in to the Zoom web portal at https://zoom.usu.edu external link icon

 
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Go to the Polls/Quizzes tab and click on Create

 
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Follow the same steps for creating polls as described for individual meetings

 
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Toggle on Enable to sync the poll with all of your meetings

Conduct a Poll

This short video will walk you through the process of conducting the poll during your class meeting.


View Poll Results

If you want to view poll results within the meeting, follow these instructions*:

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Launch your poll as normal within the call

 
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When finished, click End Polling

 
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Select the Download button, which will generate a CSV file

Download poll results button.

If you want to view poll results after the meeting is over, follow these instructions*:

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Select Reports on the left hand side

 
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Select Meeting

 
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At the top of the page, select Poll Report and click the blue Search button

 
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Find the meeting you are looking for and select Generate on the right side of the page

A file should then begin downloading onto your device (*Instructions from Zoom's website External Link Icon )

Please Note:
  • If registration was turned on and the poll was not anonymous, it will list the participants’ names and email addresses.
  • If registration was not on, the polling report will show the profile names of authenticated users in the same account.
  • If the poll was anonymous, it will show “anonymous” for the participants’ names and email addresses.

Emojis/Nonverbal Feedback

Another way to keep your finger on the pulse of the class, so to speak, is to encourage students to use the nonverbal feedback. These include options raise hand, hand clap, thumbs up, heart, laughing, open mouth, confetti, and many more.

These icons are visible to all participants, so be aware of using them for potentially sensitive questions.

zoom reactions preview

Zoom has the capability to automatically recognize if someone is physically raising their hand or giving a thumbs up. In order to activate gesture recognition, sign into the Zoom desktop client. Click on SettingsGeneral, and then scroll to the Reactions section to check the box next to Activate the following emojies based on hand gesture recognition: 👍 ✋


Video Example of Polling (Also with Attendance Reports)