Poll Everywhere is an interactive response system that can be used as a powerful reflection tool to help instructors support their students’ learning and success. By creating interactive polls, competitions, and surveys, instructors can help students reflect on their learning, identify areas for improvement, and engage in the learning process. Here are some examples of how Poll Everywhere can be used as a reflection tool in the classroom:

Pre- and Post-Assessments:

Poll Everywhere can be used to create pre- and post-assessments that help students reflect on their learning progress throughout the course. Instructors can create a pre-assessment poll at the beginning of the unit to gauge students’ knowledge and understanding of the course material. Then, at the end of the unit, instructors can create a post-assessment poll to allow students to reflect on their progress and identify areas of improvement. 

Reflective Journaling:

Poll Everywhere can be used to facilitate reflective journaling in the classroom. Instructors can create polls that prompt students to reflect on their learning experiences, such as “What did you learn in class today that you didn’t know before?” or “What was the most challenging part of today’s class?” Students can respond anonymously, and the instructor can use the responses to guide class discussions and provide targeted feedback.

Exit Tickets:

Poll Everywhere can be used as an exit ticket tool by creating a poll asking students to rate their own understanding of the course material after a lecture or discussion. The instructor can then display the poll results in real time to the class, allowing students to see how their peers rated their understanding. After seeing the results, students can reflect on their own level of understanding and identify areas where they may need more help or clarification. Instructors can use the results to guide their teaching and address any areas of confusion. This approach promotes active learning, encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning, and provides instructors with valuable feedback on the effectiveness of their teaching.

To learn more about Poll Everywhere and how you can use it in the classroom, we invite you to watch our recent workshop recording. The workshop recording will walk you through the basics of Poll Everywhere and provide tips on how to make the most out of this powerful tool.

To learn more about using Poll Everywhere as a reflection tool in the classroom, check out the following resources:

Canvas Support Knowledge Base


10 active learning strategies that connect teachers with students

Are your students actually learning? How to effectively measure student engagement

If you are a staff member who would like to use Poll Everywhere please reach out to edutech@chapman.edu.

To learn more about Creating Interactive Lectures and Active Discussions, check out the CETL Blog!