How to improve student engagement using the in-class polling – iPal Moodle plugin

Allow students to use any device to participate in the polling activity

Online learning is always cursed with low engagement and poor completion rates. Educators always face this challenge and need to address it during the course design process. If you will not take of your course during the design stage, you may also be a victim of the same.

Researches shows that in-class polling can be used to improve the student engagement and immediate feedback to learners. But how you can improve the student engagement through in-class polling in Moodle?

Moodle core has Survey and Choice activities to collect student feedback. But none of them is able to handle real-time polling in the class efficiently. However, you can use the choice activity to view live choice results in real-time.

In Class polling may be used to:

  • Increase student involvement and participation
  • Gauge student understanding and guide the pace of the class.
  • Promote greater verbal classroom discussion.

There is the Active Quiz Moodle plugin which allows you to organize real-time interactive quiz in your Moodle course. Using active quiz plugin you can offer in class quizzes on any device using a responsive theme in real-time. You can also use timed questions like the students have to submit their answer within 30 seconds or more.

Introducing the iPal Moodle plugin:

Using the Active Quiz, you need to use a responsive Moodle theme to allow using any device to participate in the quizzes. However, there is another awesome Moodle Plugin – iPal, which allows you to design in class polls consisting of MCQ, True-False and Essay question types. The iPal Moodle plugin allows the students to use any web-enabled device like laptops, iPads, smartphones, etc. to respond to in-class polling. The iPal Moodle plugin comes with its own dedicated Mobile app which can be downloaded from Google Play store and iOS store.

The teacher creates one or more ipal activities in one or more Moodle courses. Teacher can configure to have anonymous polling or non-anonymous polling  and polling without the iPal app etc.

How to improve student engagement using the in class polling - iPal Moodle plugin

Teachers can create their own questions but it also provides ready-to-use peer-reviewed questions from the ConcepTest questions. As a teacher you can also use the iPal questions in a quiz and vice versa.

You can download the latest version of the iPal Moodle plugin from the Moodle plugins database. The plugin is compatible with all Moodle versions from Moodle 2.7 till Moodle 3.3.

What are the other ways for conducting in-class polling in Moodle? Will it help in improving the student engagement? Do share with us in the comments section below.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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