OWL Tool - Polls

What is the Polls tool?

OWL Polls tool is a survey tool for instructors and site maintainers to collect data from students, participants or from the public.

What is the purpose of the Polls tool?

Instructors can survey the class to gather student opinion on any question or topic of their choice. Instructors can also release the survey to the public to gather more data.

How to use the Poll tool

Within your OWL worksite, enable the Polls tool using the 'Site Info' page and clicking on the 'Edit Tools' link. The Polls tool is added to the left side of your OWL worksite. Click the Pools tool at the left to add polls, set duration, configure access and visibility.

Tool Evaluation

Evaluated: October 2016

Functionality overall rating: 2 starsFunctionality

Rating Rationale
Scale rating: 2 stars

Scale

The Polls Tool can scaled to accommodate any size class but lacks flexibility to create smaller sub-groups or communities of practice

Ease of use rating:3 stars

Ease of Use

The Polls Tool has a user-friendly interface that is easy to navigate and personalize

Tech Support/ Help Availability rating: 3 stars

Tech Support/Help Availability

Western technical support/help documentation is readily available. See the Polls page in OWL Documentation Wiki or contact the Helpdesk

Hypermediality rating: 3 stars

Hypermediality

The Polls Tool allows users to communicate through different channels (audio, visual, textual) and allows for non-sequential, flexible/adaptive engagement with material

Accessibility overall rating: 3 starsAccessibility

Rating Rationale
AODA Friendly rating:3 stars

AODA Friendly

The Polls Tool meets accessibility guidelines (AODA and the W3C WCAG 2.0 standards)

Assistive Technology rating: 3 stars

User-focused participation

The Polls Tool is designed to address the needs of diverse users, their various literacies, and capabilities, thereby widening opportunities for participation in learning

Required Equipment rating: 3 stars

Required Equipment

Proper use of the Polls Tool does not require specialized equipment

Technical overall rating: 3 starsTechnical

Rating Rationale
Integration/Embedding within OWL rating: 3 stars

Integration/Embedding within OWL

The Polls Tool is native to OWL

Operating Systems rating: 3 stars

Operating Systems

Users can effectively utilize the tool with any standard, up-to-date operating system (i.e. Windows, OSX, etc.)

Web Browser rating:3 stars

Web Browser

Users can effectively utilize the Polls Tool with any standard, up-to-date web browser (i.e. Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, etc.)

Additional Technical Requirements rating: 3 stars

Additional Technical Requirements

Users do not need to download additional software or browser extensions

Mobile Design overall rating: 1 starMobile Design

Rating Rationale
Mobile Operating Systems rating: 3 stars

Mobile Operating Systems

The Polls Tool is accessible in OWL on all mobile devices through a browser. There is no native app for OWL, however you can access OWL through the WesternU app on both android and iOS devices.

Mobile Functionality rating: 3 stars

Mobile Functionality

There is little to no functional difference with the Polls Tool when accessed on mobile systems

Offline Access rating: 1 star

Offline Access

The Polls Tool cannot be used in any capacity offline

Usage and account set up overall rating: 1 starUsage and Account Set Up

Rating Rationale
Sign Up/Sign In rating: 3 stars

Sign Up/Sign In

Use of the Polls Tool does not require the creation of an external account or additional login beyond a Western Identity and access to OWL

Cost of Use rating: 3 stars

Cost of Use

All aspects of the Polls Tool can be used free of charge to Western account holders

Archiving Saving and Exporting Data rating: 1 star

Archiving, Saving, and Exporting Data

Content and activity data cannot be archived, saved, or imported/exported

Data Privacy and Ownership rating: 3 stars

Data Privacy and Ownership

Users maintain ownership and copyright of their intellectual property/data; the user can keep data private and decide if/how data is to be shared

Social Presence overall rating: 2 starSocial Presence

Rating Rationale
Collaboration rating: 2 star

Collaboration

The Polls Tool has the capacity to support a community of learning through asynchronous but not synchronous opportunities for communication, interactivity, and transfer of meaning between users

User Accountability rating: 2 star

User Accountability

The Polls Tool is designed such that responses are anonymous. Instructors cannot control student anonymity and cannot see individual responses to the poll

Diffusion rating: 2 star

Diffusion

Student familiarity with the Polls Tool is likely mixed, some will lack basic technical competence with its functions

Instructor Presence overall rating: 2 starInstructor Presence

Rating Rationale
Facilitation rating: 3 stars

Facilitation

The tool has easy-to-use features that would significantly improve an instructor’s ability to be present with students via active management, monitoring, and engagement

Customization rating: 3 stars

Customization

The Polls Tool is adaptable to its environment: easily customized to suit the classroom context and targeted learning outcomes

Learning Analytics rating: 2 star

Learning Analytics

Instructor can see results of a poll by votes and percentages. Other data is not made possible (i.e. instructors cannot see individual poll votes)

Cognitive Presence overall rating: 2 starCognitive Presence

Rating Rationale
Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s) rating: 2 star

Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s)

The Polls Tool enables functional improvement to engagement in the targeted cognitive task(s)

Higher Order Thinking rating: 2 star

Higher Order Thinking

Depending on the question posed, the Polls Tool may engage students in higher order thinking skills. The Tests & Quizzes Tool (OWL) would likely serve this goal better.

Feedback on Learning rating: 2 star

Feedback on Learning

Opportunities for receiving formative feedback on learning are available, but infrequent or limited (i.e. poor opportunities for tracking performance, monitoring improvement, testing knowledge on a regular basis)

View the rubric for an explanation of this evaluation
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