This page describes working with the short answer question polling form itself. If you need help on how to get to this form, see Creating a Poll or Editing Polls as necessary.
Short answer polls include question text and a text box into which students type freeform answers. Student responses are limited to 60K (60000) characters or less.
You can provide feedback for the poll, which appears after the student submits their response in interactive media, or after you close the presentation's polling slide. This is discussed at the bottom of this page.
The Short Answer poll is simple, as there is only a Question field to complete. Click into the Question field and type (or edit) the question you want to ask. You can enter up to 1000 characters.
If you are adding or editing a short answer poll in the interactive media editor, Time placement is also required but is pre-populated with either the current location of the existing poll (if editing) or the current location of the media playback (for creating a new poll, as shown below).
Click the Time placement field to change the location for the poll in the media. The timestamp you enter must:
- Be in hh:mm:ss format
- Be a valid location within the duration of the media
- NOT be within the intro or outro clip segment (the part added by the institution at the front or the back of the video, if there is one)
- NOT be at the same location of another poll in the media.
Don't worry; the poll won't let you save it if the time placement doesn't meet the criteria, and it will show you an error indicating what you have to change.
At this point you can enter feedback for students as described below, or you can simply click DONE to save the poll.
Providing Feedback for Responses
Click the Feedback chevron to expand the dialog box and display the General Feedback text field, as shown in the below figure.
You can use this space to provide the answer you were looking for, as short answer polls do not have a "correct answer" option. Or other feedback as appropriate. You can enter up to 1000 characters.
ALL FEEDBACK IS OPTIONAL.
The feedback text you enter automatically appears for students for interactive media polls after the student submits their response. Presentation polls only show feedback after the instructor closes the poll and shows the correct answer (show solution). The student must also have submitted a response to see the feedback.
The buttons for closing the poll and showing the correct answer on polling slides are identified in the image at the bottom of this page.
Previewing and Saving the poll
While you are making additions or edits to the poll, you can stop to preview what you are doing at any time by clicking the Preview button, located in the bottom left corner of the poll form.
The Preview shows the question text and the text box provided for student answers. It does not show the Feedback entry. The figure below shows a completed short answer poll.
If you are happy with the poll, click Close Preview and then if necessary click Done to save your work.
Note that from the poll editor, both the Close Preview and Edit Poll buttons do the same thing; return you to the poll editor. If you are previewing a poll from the interactive media editor, Close Preview closes the preview and returns you to the interactive media editor. Edit Poll takes you to the poll editor, described on this page.
What students see
Below is an image of what the above short answer poll looks like to students in a piece of interactive media.
Once the student selects an answer then submits, text from the Feedback if provided is displayed for the student, as shown in the below figure.
Below is an image of what the above short answer poll placed into a presentation looks like to a student in a classroom.
The Feedback text does NOT show up for the student until the poll is closed to further responses. The student must also have submitted an answer before the poll was closed in order to see the Feedback text.
The close poll button for instructors is identified in the below figure. Since short answer polls do not have a "correct answer" possible, the "show solution" checkmark icon is grayed out.