Using Polling in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Zoom

Using the Polling feature in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra within a remote instruction environment.

Instructional Challenge

During remote instruction, it is important to find ways of soliciting feedback and measuring students' understanding of content. Polling is a good way of both measuring understanding and engaging students in the process of learning. This document walks instructors through the process of setting up and using the Polling features in a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session.


Setting Up Polls in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

The polling feature in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra does not allow you to set up polling questions before the session begins. It also only allows you to create one polling question at a time. To that end, if you have multiple polling questions, set up the first one upon entering your session. If you have teaching assistants or other moderators, it is recommended that you have them create these polling questions as you are facilitating the session.

  • Select Share Content from the Collaborate Panel
  • Select Polling.
  • Choose between Multiple Choice and Yes/No Choices.
  • Enter the question and choices. Once the question is created, it is ready to be presented.

Presenting Polling In Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

  • Under the Polling menu, select Start.
  • Results will display in the session window.
  • Select Lock Poll to prevent any further entries.
  • Once you close the poll, you can select Share Response in the polling window.
  • Students are shown an anonymous report of the poll results. To see how a specific student responded, view the Participants list. To the left of the student's name, their response will be displayed.

Setting Up Polls in Zoom

  • Once in your scheduled Zoom meeting, select Poll. Click Add to create a new poll. You can create multiple polls before your meeting and call them up at any time in that session.
  • Enter a title for the poll.
  • If you want poll results to be anonymous, select the Anonymous box (Note: this is not selected by default).
  • Enter the poll question.
  • Select whether you want a single-choice or multiple-choice question.
  • Enter each polling answer.
  • Select Add a Question to add additional questions, or select Save.

Presenting Polls in Zoom

  • Start your zoom meeting.
  • Select Polls.
  • If you have created multiple polls, select the desired poll.
  • Select Launch Poll.
  • To complete the poll, select End Poll.
  • If you want to share the poll results with students on the screen, select Share Results. You are not able to view how individual students responded during the class. You can, however, view a polling report after the meeting ends.
  • If you want to poll students again (example: pre- and post-activity) select Re-Launch.
  • If you want to see individual responses to polling questions, they are only available after the meeting has ended. To view them:
    • End your meeting.
    • Go to the Zoom portal (
    • Select Reports, then Meeting.
    • Next to the Report Type, select Poll Report.
    • Select the time range of the meeting in which you administered the report and select Search. (Note: You must do this even if your meeting appears below to generate a polling report).
    • Select the Generate link next to your meeting.
    • Select Download and open in Microsoft Excel.

Keywords:polling, blackboard collaborate ultra, remote instruction, zoom   Doc ID:103615
Owner:Timmo D.Group:Remote Instruction
Created:2020-07-06 09:46 CDTUpdated:2020-12-17 16:43 CDT
Sites:Learn@UW-Madison, Remote Instruction
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