Students answer questions so that their opinions or knowledge can be gauged.
- <5 minutes
- 5-10 minutes
When to use it?
- When you want to identify how well the students have grasped the topic in question.
- When you want to gauge student opinion.
- When you want an easy way to foster interaction.
- Choose the question(s) that you want to ask during class. Do you want to assess the (pre)knowledge or opinions of your students?
- Choose when you want to let the students vote. At the begin, middle or end of class?
- Pose a question
Provide the students with a question.
Give students the opportunity to vote.
Discuss the outcome of the vote, for example by explaining the main misconceptions.
Tips for implementation & variation
- Online teaching: Students can vote on a question by using an online tool (PresentersWall, Brightspace or a video lecture tool), give a thumbs up/down or show a coloured object (something green if they agree and something red if they disagree) in front of their camera.
- Make sure the question you ask is relevant.
- Make sure students do not get 'judged' if they respond incorrectly.