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Interactive Learning With Web-based Audience Response Systems

A growing number of NDSU Extension educators are using web-based audience response systems, like PollEverywhere, to make their face-to-face presentations more interactive and engaging. These systems allow an educator to create a question that can be displayed in their slideshow or on a webpage. Participants can respond to the question through an app, website, or by text message. The responses can then be displayed in a slideshow or on a webpage.

There are several web-based audience response systems, and most have a freemium model (you get some functionality free, but can pay for added features). I've used PollEverywhere for the most part. It's easy to use, can be integrated with PowerPoint and has multiple response options, but the free version is limited to 40 responses.

Mentimeter is another option. The free version allows for unlimited responses, but participants cannot respond through a text message. Here's a comparison of features in the free versions of PollEverywhere and Mentimeter (adapted from Cardiff University Learning Technology).

FunctionalityMentimeter (free)PollEverywhere (free)
Audience Size unlimited 40/poll
All question types yes yes
Number of questions 2/presentation, 5/quiz unlimited
Web presentation yes yes
PowerPoint integration yes yes
Text message response no yes

Give these tools a try to make your presentations and workshops more interactive. If you'd like to talk more about them or need help, feel free to contact me.

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, 701-231-7381

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