Poll Everywhere recently held our very first ask-me-anything (AMA) webinar — using, of course, the best Q&A tool in the land. Product Manager Penny Yuan and CTO Brad Gessler sat down to answer our customers’ most burning questions.
If you missed the fun, fear not. The webinar recording is now available for those who couldn’t make it. Below, I put together a quick refresher on some of the questions we fielded.
Q: Will there be a “true” student view for testing purposes?
A: As the new Presenter app matures, we do expect to move most of the presenter-facing features to the new app. That would allow us to consolidate the audience-facing (or student-facing) features into the main Poll Everywhere app.
Q: When will the new poll sharing workflow be available?
A: It’s still in early stages, so this is subject to change, but the goal is to have sharing functionality available to our beta testers by the end of this year.
Q: What’s on the roadmap for Poll Everywhere?
A: A lot of focus is going into the new Presenter app, providing a more intuitive, cohesive experience that seamlessly surfaces what you need when you need it, while providing a lot more under-the-hood functionality for those who want it. That’s a big undertaking, but we think it’ll be well worth the wait. We’re also working on integrated sharing functionality, and we just released a major new improvement to the PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides integrations called Activity Flows.
Q: Any updates on extending the reporting and analytics options under Account Admin?
A: We’ve started research on usage analytics, dashboards, and possible integrations. We’re still in the very early stages, so each of those aspects may or may not make it into the final product, but we are committed to an improved account admin experience. Improvements to our data export tool are underway, for instance. Note that most of these features will only be available on enterprise accounts.
Q: Will there be an option to add music to activities?
A: Sadly, this isn’t likely. The reason is simple: we’re not confident that the current state of web standards would provide an acceptable experience. Poll Everywhere is used in small windows of time, and usually during fairly high-pressure situations. We’re careful about adding features, each of which adds a new layer of complexity (and new ways for things to break). We feel that a music feature would introduce unnecessary risks, and a subpar experience.
Q: Is there an update on the LTI? What will it look like/how will it function once it’s released?
A: For those wondering what in the world LTI is, here’s how the IMS Global Learning Consortium defines it: “The IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard prescribes a way to easily and securely connect learning applications and tools with platforms like learning management systems (LMS).”
We plan to update our Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, and Sakai LMS integrations to use the new LTI Advantage (1.3) standard. The short-term goal is feature parity with current integrations—roster import and grade book export. The IMS Global team is an official partner of Poll Everywhere, so we expect some feature enhancements beyond that, but we can’t yet say with confidence how that will take shape.
Thanks to all who attended for the conversation, and for the great questions. We should really do this again sometime.
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