A voting tool is a great way to make your lecture or presentation more interactive. It involves your audience and gives them a voice. One such voting tool is PresentersWall. Utrecht University recently bought a campus licence for PresentersWall, which means all of UU can use it.
A voting tool lets you ask your entire audience questions that they can answer with their (own) devices. The answers submitted are collected in real time and can be displayed for the entire group if you wish. The PresentersWall voting tool has a large number of question types; both open and multiple choice.
Because demand for the PresentersWall voting tool has grown over the past year and new teachers are applying to Educate-it for an account every day, the decision was made to acquire a campus licence for the 2015-16 academic year. That means that all teachers, employees and students at UU will have access to PresentersWall.
Using a voting tool like PresentersWall makes sense when you want to:
create more interaction with your students in a lecture
get feedback from a group of students
start a discussion based on the students' polled opinions
quickly, easily and formatively test your students' knowledge
Interaction during lectures
Voting tools can create more interaction between students and teachers in the often impersonal environment of large-group lectures. The answers students provide constitute useful feedback for the teacher. It gives teachers an idea of their students' progress, making engagement easier to achieve. Using a voting tool also gives each student a voice. Speaking up in a big lecture hall is daunting for many students, but a voting tool allows them to submit their opinions anonymously. This lets teachers play into the moods and interests of the entire group as they present their lecture.
To start using PresentersWall, visit edu.presenterswall.com, select Universiteit Utrecht, log in with your SolisID credentials and provide permission to the secure SURFconextverbinding.
If you're curious about how other teachers have used PresentersWall in their classes, take a look at this video by teacher Bouke van Gorp at Geosciences.
Are you interested in additional information about Presenterswall (the manual, for instance) or would you like to know about other ways to innovate your teaching practice? Why not check out the Blended Learning modules on the Educate-it site, submit your idea for an innovation project or email Educate-it?
Votingtools as PresentersWall are ideal for activating education. Votingtools are usually used anonymously. However, be aware that if you ask first name and surname in combination with other personal data (such as gender and age), which is to reduce the potential for individuals (see Data Protection Act).