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Because you can’t see your learners during a webinar, you need to utilize other methods of gauging learner energy and motivation. While polling is a great and speedy way for the presenter to “see” what is going on with participants, it can also be overused if you don’t switch up the ways in which you poll your participants.
Different platforms have varying levels of polling capability. Some allow for multiple-choice polls and pacing while others may allow for only yes/no, check-mark and X-in-the-box responses. These tools were
built into the platform to help monitor where learners are at with the content in regard to speed and understanding but also work nicely for creating quick quizzes to assess learning.
There are several ways to utilize the polling tool all throughout the webinar. Use it at the beginning to pre-test learners’ knowledge of the topic or as a soft opener to have learners answer trivia or personal
questions to begin community-building. You can also create surveys to determine interest in a topic or as a re-engagement technique merely by having participants indicate their feelings about the pace of a
When using this feature, know what polling and survey tools are available in your platform, whether or not you are able to share results immediately or in a delayed fashion, and if feedback is anonymous.
Below are a few guidelines for how best to create and use polling for quiz questions, multiple-choice questions, matching items and post-testing.
Creating and implementing quiz questions
Matching Test Items
Post-test item analysis
This was excerpted from Becky Pluth’s book Webinars with Wow Factor: Tips, Tricks and Interactive Activities for Virtual Training. Used with permission. Available from The Bob Pike Group by clicking here.