A colleague demonstrated using polls in Zoom yesterday. The in-meeting controls seem very straight-forward. I am writing a quick post to remind myself what to do when setting up polls so I can quickly look it up this fall semester. This does not cover using the polls in meeting. I don’t think I’ll regret not documenting that (knocks on wood, throws salt, …).
Turn Polling On
You need to make sure polling is turned on for your account. After logging in toggle the poll button in basic settings if necessary.
Create a Meeting
You add polls to scheduled, but not started meetings. The place to add a poll is at the very bottom of the edit meeting screen.
Add a Question or Questions
You need to decide whether you want to know who gave each answer, and whether you want radio-like or check-box like responses. You can only use text – no images or math symbols yet. However, you could ask the question on a screen share and have generic answer prompts. This hack might not work for phone viewers who will have the poll take over their screen until they submit an answer.