Audience polling (also known as audience response systems) provides powerful insights into instructional challenges. With a few taps on a mobile device, an instructor can quickly gauge an audience’s experience level, knowledge about a subject, or attitudes about controversial subjects. Presentations can be quickly customized, on the spot, to the needs of the audience. Because the audience can answer anonymously, participants can provide feedback free of the influence of peer pressure. Polling has been shown to be an effective instructional tool for increasing audience participation and promotes a deeper learning.
The Critical Care Department has recently purchased a license for Poll Everywhere, a web-based solution that integrates directly with PowerPoint. This software will support audience participation in the Department’s Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Fellows conferences and other educational events. To start using Poll Everywhere at Department events, contact Max Glider.
- James Rieker, PhD