One of the perks of in-person classes is the ability to raise your hand and ask a question anytime. With online classes, especially with asynchronous or pre-recorded lectures, students can’t stop to ask questions. To remedy this, we encourage instructors to insert a Q&A activity within your lecture slides to let students ask any burning questions.
With a Q&A activity, students can submit open-ended responses, then upvote or downvote other submissions. It’s a great way to swiftly discover which questions the students would like to address. It’s also perfect for brainstorming with a group as it provides a crowd-ranked list of ideas within seconds. This activity only allows responses through the web or the Poll Everywhere mobile app. Use live Q&A for virtual office hours, exam review sessions, or for casual chats with your students. For more information about Q&A’s, check out this support article.
If you prefer to save Q&A for the end of class, we recommend Pinned Q&A’s. The Pinned Q&A activity is a separate activity that runs in the background where students can drop questions, comments, and suggestions as they come up. No activation is necessary. This is a great place for students to ask questions without disrupting class. The Pinned Q&A is available on a separate tab from other activities you present, so you don’t need to switch back and forth between activities. Read the Pinned Q&A section above for more details. Note: Pinned Q&A is only available to certain paid plans.
Don’t worry about moderating Q&A’s while you’re presenting live! With Team moderation, you can allow a teaching assistant or colleague to do it for you. Just create your Q&A or word cloud activity and share the unique moderation link with your teammate. They’ll be able to moderate right from their own account while you present. For information on how to create Teams, check out this article. Note: Team moderation is only available on Enterprise plans, learn more about our Enterprise offering.