Responding to Activities During Class

Instructors may post questions during class for you to answer. The following sections provide instructions for responding to in-class questions or activities:

Multiple Choice Questions

Numeric Questions

Ordered List Questions

Image Questions

Free Response Questions

Responding via SMS

Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple choice questions are questions asked where you must pick the correct or best answer(s) from a list of choices.

To respond to a multiple choice question

As long as polling stays open, you can click Edit your answer to change the answer you submitted. For SMS responses, simply send a new text with the new response.

Once instructors close the question polling, they can show student submissions as well as the correct answer. The correct answer(s) are checked as Correct.

Numeric Questions

Numeric questions are those that require a specific numeric response to be entered into the answer text box.

To respond to a numeric quiz

Before polling is closed, you can click Edit your answer to make changes and resubmit. For SMS responses, simply send a new text with the new response.

Click View Results to see other student submissions to the answer. This may only be available after the instructor has closed the question to further responses.  

The correct answer is identified as Correct.

Ordered List Questions

Ordered list questions are questions asked where you must place the given options into the correct or best order.

To respond to an ordered list question

As long as polling stays open, you can click Edit your answer to change the answer you submitted. For SMS responses, simply send a new text with the new response.

Once instructors close the question polling, they can show student submissions as well as the correct answer. The correct answer(s) are checked as Correct.

Image Questions

Image questions are where instructors pose a question associated with a picture. Your answer is provided by clicking a specific location on the image.

Image questions cannot be responded to via SMS.

To respond to an image quiz

  1. Click a specific location on the image to indicate your response.
  2. Click Submit.

Before polling is closed, you can click Edit your answer to make changes and resubmit.

Click View Results to see other student submissions to the answer. This may only be available after the instructor has closed the question to further responses.

The correct answer or acceptable response area is highlighted in the image.

Free Response Questions

Free Response questions are those that require you to enter text into the text box to answer the question posed. The system does not identify correct or incorrect answers to free response questions.

SMS responses are limited to 160 characters.

Be sure to review your answer closely and edit it as needed before submitting your response.

To respond to a Free Response question

Before polling is closed, you can click Edit your answer to make changes and resubmit.

Click View Results to see other student submissions to the answer. This may only be available after the instructor has closed the question to further responses.

The system does not identify correct or incorrect answers to free response questions.

Responding via SMS

You can respond to in-class questions using SMS (text). SMS instructions appear for all types of in-class activities except for Image quizzes. NOTE that if you do not see these instructions on the activity slides, SMS responses may be disabled for your institution.

IMPORTANT: You must have entered your mobile phone number in your account profile, and you must be registered for the class. Otherwise you will receive an error message. Data/Text message rates WILL apply.

SMS response instructions on an activity slide

Because the target phone number for SMS responses should be the same for all courses across the institution, you may want to create a contact for this number, to avoid having to re-enter the number repeatedly.

If you need help, text a question mark (?) to the phone number on the question slide.

To respond via SMS

  1. Create a text message to the phone number listed on the activity slide.
  2. Type in the activity code, add a space, then enter the proper response information. Separate multiple entries with commas.

    For example (noting that the sample activity code "PZRF" in the below examples will be different for each question):
  3. Send the text.

You should receive a return message confirming receipt of your response.

To edit answers submitted via SMS, simply send a new text. The system logs the latest answer it receives while polling remains open.

If the instructor has requested justification for your answer, you will receive a message instructing you to complete your response by entering the activity code then typing in your justification and sending the text.