Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Poll Everywhere


PollEverywhere is a cloud based polling solution designed for ease of use and flexible classroom polling for courses of all sizes. Allowing for a wide range of questions types, PollEverywhere is an easy way to engage students and receive feedback via short answers, multiple choice, clickable images, upvoting and many others. Polls can be run from the PollEverywhere website or integrated in the Powerpoint, Keynote, or Google Slides. Students can use a computer, smart device or text message to respond quickly to polls in class. Polling can be done anonymously with students replying at your custom response url with no need to have an account, or you can utilize an integration with Canvas to grade polls, track participation, and provide accounts to your students with a quick roster import process.

Pilot Duration

The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning began piloting PollEverywhere for Yale in a closed pilot during the Fall 2018 semester. For the Spring 2019 semester, we are moving to an open pilot. If you are interested in participating in the open pilot please contact medialibrary@yale.edu.

Want to participate?

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and School of Nursing have purchased their own license for Poll Everywhere. For all other schools, Poll Everywhere is currently in open Pilot.  If you are interested in trying out Poll Everywhere, you will need to contact medialibrary@yale.edu.

What the research says:

Clickers in the Large Classroom: Current Research and Best-Practice Tips

by Jane E. Caldwell

Online: https://tinyurl.com/Caldwell2007

This article provides a set of guidelines and best practices developed by experienced users.


More Than Recall and Opinion: Using “Clickers” to Promote Complex Thinking

by Rifka Cook and Susanna Calkins

Online: https://tinyurl.com/CookCalkins2013

This study focuses on the use of classroom polling in an intermediate college-level Spanish Class.


Retrieval Practice Produces More Learning than Elaborative Studying with Concept Mapping

by Jeffrey D. Karpicke and Janell R. Blunt

Online: https://tinyurl.com/KarpickeBlunt2011

This article focuses on advantages of retrieval practice in scientific conceptual learning.