Polling tools

Pollling tools are a great way to break up a lecture and to get students thinking and interacting, while enabling you to more effectively support their learning through gaining valuable information on their understanding (Trumbull and Lash, 2013).

The use of polling tools typically involves the teacher asking questions for which immediate feedback is provided. Initially, students response systems used dedicated devices or 'clickers', but today they increasingly make use of students' smartphones. There are now a large number of Web services that allow teachers to ask multiple-choice questions to their students, collect the responses anonymously in real time and display a summary of the results.


Polling tools Vevox Participoll

A lot of functionalities.

Combines multiple choice, free text and word cloud polls with end-of-event feedback surveys. 

Quick and easy solution for multiple choice questions.

Works in PowerPoint on Mac OS.


Does not work in PowerPoint on Mac OS, use web-based ‘Presentation View’ on a Mac instead.

Less functionality than Vevox.

Cost The University has a limited number of licences and will monitor the uptake before considering a site-wide lisense. Free. The University has a full licence.
Help Guidance on creating a poll in Vevox. Guidance on creating a poll in Participoll.

Benefits for teaching and learning

  • Help students participate and focus in lectures.
  • Give all students a voice. Even in large lecture theatres, audience response encourages everyone to participate and contribute. It can give those who might otherwise feel too intimidated a chance to get involved (Farrow, 2017).
  • Instantly identify any gaps in your students' knowledge and track how their understanding changes during a lecture or over a whole course. You could even use it to collect feedback on your lecture.


Teachers using software, clickers, and related technology should be aware of student accessibility concerns. Consider alternative provision or additional support for those who are technologically inexperienced or barred from maintaining their own electronic devices.

Request an account

To request a Vevox or Participoll account, email REMOTE@CTL.OX.AC.UK or MSDLT@MEDSCI.OX.AC.UK if you are in the Medical Sciences Division.


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