Electronic voting (clickers) in the classroom have been used to engage students in learning for a number of years. As well as potentially being a fun way to learn there are great opportunities for tutors to identify misconceptions in knowledge and ‘close the gap’. However, one issue with many voting systems is that results often get lost in the vendor’s voting software. Although a number provide ways to bridge the gap with plugins it can often be problematic to synchronise user details.
One manufacture, Optivote, has taken a different approach, to integrate their voting solution into Moodle. Using the Moodle Quizzes module instructors can author their questions and pose them to their class, collecting responses via the Optivote handset, the results being collated for presentation back to the class and stored in Moodle. The video below demonstrates Optivote:
If you are a Moodle user and you would like to try the Optivote system they have a partnership programme. In return for helping Optivote refine their solution you will receive £3,000 worth of kit and support. This includes:
- 32 Optivote handsets
- The Optivote/Moodle plugin
- Full training for 10 members of staff
- Three years support and maintenance
Deadlines for applications are the 20th Feb.