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Polls are great to engage your participants and keep them interested. They have so many uses.

Example: Keep your participants' attention by giving them opportunities to participate. Start a discussion by asking your participants their opinion on something. Ask questions to see how well they understood what you presented. Or use reflective questions to help them retain what you presented.

Participants respond to your poll by selecting one of up to five responses. You decide how many choices participants see.

Polling is not supported in the Bb Student app. Any students using Bb Student won't be able to participate in polls.

Watch a video about polls

This video show polling.

Video: Polling in Blackboard Collaborate

Create polls

You can use a poll that gives participants yes or no as their response choices. You can also select to give participants two, three, four, or five responses to choose from.

  1. Open the Collaborate panel.

    Not sure where the Collaborate panel is? Jump to Find Your Way Around.

  2. Select Share content.
  3. Select Polling.
  4. Select the type of poll you want to use.

    If you choose one of the numbered choice polls, participants see numbers as their choices. Tell your participants what each number represents. Share an image, PowerPoint®, or the whiteboard to show your poll question and the numbered choices with related responses. Example: If you choose the 3 Choices poll and have choices of 1. Yes, 2. No, and 3. Maybe, participants can choose between 1, 2, and 3 as their response.

  5. Select Start.

Monitor your poll

Immediately after starting your poll, you can see an overview of poll responses. This overview gives you a response count for each choice. It even tells you how many participants haven't responded yet. If you want to see how each participant's response, or even who hasn't responded, go to the Participants panel.

Moderators can also respond to the poll. For this reason, you are also counted in the No Response count as well.

The polling overview doesn't stay open. Open it by selecting Polling.

From here you can choose to show responses to all participants or stop the poll.

Show responses to participants

Select Polling to open the poll overview. Select Show Responses to show the responses to all participants. Participants see the overview count of the responses only.

Select Hide Responses to hide the results from participants.

Moderator view
Participant view

What do participants see?

After you start the poll participants are asked to make a choice. All they see are their response choices.

The choices disappear so they don't block anything on the main stage. Participants can select Polling to open the choices again.

Participant see their own choice after they make a choice. They don't see the poll results unless you share the responses. Participants never see how anyone else has responded.

How do I stop a poll?

Select Polling to open the poll overview. Select Stop to stop the poll.