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Vevox: Online polls, quizzes, tests and surveys


 

What is Vevox?

Vevox is an online polling service designed to increase engagement and interactivity in face-to-face, remote or hybrid lectures, seminars, workshops, meetings and events. It allows for polls, quizzes, surveys and Q&A sessions to be delivered to students, colleagues and delegates on a range of devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones. 

  • launching in Summer 2022, Vevox will replace the College's Turning Technologies (Clickers) service

  • Vevox is designed for ease-of-use

  • Vevox activities can be delivered via the web, or through integrations with PowerPoint, Moodle and MS Teams

  • students can participate anonymously or log-in using College accounts, via browsers or apps.

Try it out

1. Participate in an asynchronous moderated session

2. Quickly create your Vevox account using your RHUL log-in credentials

3. Watch this ten-minute video to learn how to get started

Pedagogic benefits of Vevox

What does educational research say about polling?

A useful way of assessing the benefits of Vevox is to see how and where polling fits into accepted research and practice in education. Beetham (2007) argues that people learn more effectively when they: 

  •     are active

  •     are motivated and engaged

  •     can bring their existing capabilities into play

  •     are appropriately challenged

  •     have opportunities for dialogue

  •     receive feedback

  •     have opportunities for consolidation and integration.

Beetham, H. (2007) 'An approach to learning activity design', In: Beetham, H. and Sharpe, R., Eds. Rethinking pedagogy for a digital age: designing and delivering e-learning, Abingdon: Routledge. pp 26-40

Below are examples of how the use of Vevox can create the conditions required for effective learning.

What can lecturers do with Vevox

 With Vevox, lecturers can use polls, surveys, quizzes, and tests to: 

  • provide opportunities for students to interact directly with learning content through specific tasks

  • capture and maintain students’ attention

  • measure students' comprehension

  • test students’ problem-solving skills

  • provide prompt feedback to students in response to results

  • invite, share and display student opinion

  • prompt, moderate and respond to students’ questions

  • record and export results for further analysis and/or discussion

  • generate and collect data in support of lecture content, e.g., Psychology lectures on perception.

What can students do with Vevox?

With Vevox, learners can use any internet-enabled device, e.g., laptop, tablet, or smartphone and enagage with polls, surveys, quizzes, and tests to:

  • apply newly acquired knowledge and understanding

  • post moderated questions and feedback to lecturer and classmates

  • anonymously flag concerns, e.g., any gaps in understanding

  • receive instant feedback in response to their questions, understanding and performance

  • participate in a game-based environment.

Vevox features

Question types

Vevox offers a wide range of question types, including

Modes of delivery

Vevox participant interface showing icons for polls, QA and surveys

Sessions can be delivered via any combination of the following three modes, which you can try out :

  • Live polls (synchronous) for lecturer-led polls and tests during events

  • Surveys (a/synchronous) for self-paced feedback, quizzes or tests during, before or after events

  • Q&A boards (a/synchronous) for dialogue and feedback during, before or after events.

Poll building

Vevox offers a wide range of tools when building polls:

Poll delivery

Vevox offers a wide range of tools when delivering polls:

Vevox session joining instructions

  • students can join sessions using secure and unique 9-digit IDs or QR codes

  • sessions can require anonymous, self-identified or logged-in participation

  • additional access passwords for increased security in blended sessions (optional)

  • sessions have joining instruction screens for easy access

  • students can access polls via browser or app ( Android and iOS)

  • lecturers can easily switch between PowerPoint & Vevox

  • leader boards

  • Q & A boards (optional)

  • moderation of Q&A boards

  • profanity filter.

Reporting

 Vevox provides rich, instantaneous, portable and actionable data:

  • real-time, downloadable engagement charts and data

  • detailed downloadable reports in MS Excel

  • downloadable wordcloud images.

Vevox integrations with College services

Vevox will be integrated with key College services to provide a secure, robust, powerful and flexible teaching, learning and assessment tool.  The launch dates of these integrations are yet to be decided, and will be added to the Service Development area at the bottom of this page.

PowerPoint

  • Vevox seamlessly integrates with PowerPoint

  • Suports both PC and Mac

  • polls can be delivered in PowerPoint without the need to open Vevox

  • Vevox polls adapt to slide templates

  • legacy Turning Technologies (Clickers) polls can be converted to Vevox.

Moodle

  • lecturers and students can access Vevox directly from a Moodle course

  • engagement and marks are recorded in Moodle

  • non-engaged students can be identified and encouraged.

MS Teams

  • Vevox seamlessly integrates with MS Teams without additional log-in

  • live polling, word clouds, quizzes, Q&A and surveys can all be shown in the MS Teams sidebar in meetings, making it easy for participants to get involved

  • students can turn-up-and-learn in a single environment.

Staff Single Sign-on (launched 25/08/2022)

  • staff can access Vevox accounts using College log-in credentials

Student Single Sign-on

  • students can be required to log-in to access summative assessment - to properly record assessment data and to prevent unsanctioned multiple attempts.

How & why we chose Vevox

The polling service upgrade project took a broad  and detailed approach to selecting a new service. 

Evaluation

Using 75 criteria, the E-Learning Team assessed the functionality of eight long-listed polling services to create a short-list of three.  We then worked with 35 academic and professional service colleagues to apply five decision inputs:

  1. The industry standard System Usability Scale (SUS) to quickly capture users’ experience. This provided a usability experience score for each academic evaluator and student, and an overall score for each vendor

  2. Formal feedback: What went well, not so well and how to improve the user experience of staff and students

  3. Informal feedback from academic staff: E-mail, MS Teams sessions, conversations and interviews

  4. E-Learning Team: Polling service support experience, further critical evaluation and observations

  5. Vendor posture: Support and responsiveness prior to and during the evaluation period. The quality and availability of product roadmaps.

IT Services applied a Non-Functional Requirements (NFR) review & scoring. This defined system attributes such as security posture, data protection, reliability, and service levels.

Results

Vevox performed consistently well throughout the evaluation:

  • Vevox emerged as a clear leader with the highest SUS score of 88 from staff and 85 from students (where 80 is considered excellent)

  • academic staff who tested Vevox reported the most consistently positive experience

  • Vevox scored highest on ‘learnability’; suggestive of a short, shallow learning curve and low support overhead

  • Vevox was the clear favourite among existing users of the incumbent polling service, Turning Technologies

  • support from the vendor remained strong and responsive throughout evaluation period

  • the Vevox product roadmap was both forthcoming and specific

  • Vevox achieved the joint highest NFR score.

What's next?

Help

Staff and students should contact the E-Learning Team to request advice and assistance with Vevox.

There is a staff MS Team for informal and crowdsourced support and knowledge-sharing.

Share the Participant manual with your students.  This shows how to access and respond to polls, post questions and complete surveys.

Training

Live training sessions are scheduled for early/mid September 2022

Joining details will be sent out in late August.  The sessions will be recorded.

Watch the recording of Getting Started with Vevox session July 22nd.

Service development

Updates about the Vevox service and integrations will be published here.

  • Single Sign-on (SSO) was enabled on 25/08/2022.  All staff now have access to the Vevox service

FAQs

A non-exhaustive collection of FAQs.  We will add to this list as College develops its experience of using Vevox in support of engaging and interactive teaching.

How should I teach with PowerPoint and Vevox until the plug-in is released?

Here is a simple yet effective method for teaching with PowerPoint and Vevox without using the plug-in:

  1. Log-in and open up the Vevox dashboard
  2. Start & present Vevox session – showing your learners the welcome screen with joining details
  3. Open and present PPT slides
  4. Switch between PPT & Vevox screens as necessary
    • Using Alt+Tab (PC users)
    • Using a Cmd+Tab or fn+F3 a three-finger swipe on the trackpad (Mac users).

There are videos demonstrating this workflow, for PC and Mac.

Should students use a browser or the app to access polls?

Using a browser to visit vevox.app or the Vevox app is a matter of personal preference, as the experience is identical.  The Participant manual guidance applies to both options.

  • Some students may appreciate the one-click convenience of the app, while others may prefer not to have too many - or non-personal - apps installed on their devices
  • The app may offer greater immediacy and focus when compared to a browser
  • The app may require occasional updating while the webpage is always up-to-date

Vevox Support

Videos

Getting Started

Multiple choice questions

Image questions

Adding a timer

Switching between PowerPoint & Vevox (PC)

Switching between PowerPoint & Vevox (Mac)

Using Vevox in MS Teams

Playlists

A collection of key videos on how to use Vevox

Vevox YouTube Channel

Live training

Live training sessions are scheduled for early/mid September 2022.

Sign-up

Further Dates TBC

Watch again

Recording of Getting Started with Vevox session September 12th.

Recording of Getting Started with Vevox session September 9th.

Recording of Getting Started with Vevox session July 22nd.

Seminars

Sign up for the Vevox Pedagogy Autumn Series

Sep 21: Icebreakers

Oct 19: TBC

Nov 16: TBC

Help

Contact the E-Learning Team to request advice and assistance with Vevox.

Join the dedicated Vevox MS Teams class for informal, crowdsourced support.

Share the Participant manual with your students.

Support

Help

Helpdesk

Resources

Moodle courses

Support videos

YouTube Channel

Social Media

Blog

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