Classroom Polling (iClickers)

What is Classroom Polling? 

Classroom polling allows instructors to quickly ask a question and instantly receive responses from students during class. Instructors can use either conventional polling with clicker remotes or mobile/web polling.  

Why Use Classroom Polling? 

Bring active learning to the classroom and help students engage with the content. Adjust teaching and learning in the moment when students need more time or are ready to move on. Classroom polling transforms classroom learning from static to dynamic by changing students from the passive listeners to active participants who provide feedback and converse with peers and instructors.  

Considerations for Using Classroom Polling 

Classroom polling requires the careful construction of questions for students. Student may also need to be taught how to use the clicker remote. It also requires appropriate internet connection and can experience delays in response summaries.  

Getting Started with Classroom Polling 

The preferred classroom polling software at Cornell is iClicker or Reef Polling. There are other web-based polling applications available like Poll Everywhere and Learning Catalytics. Contact the Center to get started with classroom polling or explore the Resource Library items on your own.