Web survey | Digital Learning Office

PointSolutions’ web platform enables content creation, surveys and data management directly from the web. It has a simple user interface, including only the most commonly used question types, and data is saved directly to the instructor’s account. With Web Polling, not only can you create poll questions, but you can also add content/lecture slides. In other words, you can create lesson presentations with survey questions on the web.

Content creation

Log in to your PointSolutions account from WebCampus (or instructor.turningtechnologies.com). You should have already added your current course and activated it. Click on Select to enter the course.

[Figure 1] Screenshot of the PointSolutions web instructor dashboard where active courses are listed.

In the course, you will see a menu bar at the top, where you can create and manage ContentsTo see the Listing, Program poll, view poll Results and take Presence. Contents is the default home page, where you can create course materials for surveys and presentations. You can also create folders for content organization. Note that content created in your PointSolutions account can be used in any of your courses. If you have multiple courses using the PointSolutions web survey, it is recommended that you create folders to organize the content, as shown in the example below. Use the Create folder button to add folders to the content page. You can then add content to the folder.

Course content page where instructors can add survey content, view course listings, and manage survey results

[Figure 2] Screenshot of the Course Content page where instructors can add survey content, view the course list, and manage survey results.

To create a survey and presentation content, click the Create content button. Enter a name (for example, session 1) and click Create. You will be taken to a page where you can add questions for the survey, add a content slide and/or upload an existing PowerPoint presentation. Click it Create button to add a multiple choice question. By clicking on the drop-down arrow next to Create will bring up the menu, giving you more options for content.

Content options with Create drop-down menu enabled

[Figure 3] Screenshot of content options with Create drop-down menu enabled.

Adding a poll question is easy. In this example, we will be looking at a multiple-choice question. This type of question can also be a true-false question and a multiple-response question. The simple text editor lets you format the question text, insert an image or video, or add a table to your question. You can add more answer choices, set the correct answer(s), add points, make it an anonymous opinion poll, and more.

A multiple choice question with an arrow pointing to Points and the Correct, Add, and Save buttons highlighted

[Figure 4] Screenshot of a multiple choice question with an arrow pointing to Points and the Edit, Add, and Save buttons highlighted.

Note that the To add below the question slide works the same as the button Create button at the top of the page. By clicking on the down arrow next to To add will open the drop-down menu, where you can add more questions or text slides.

Slides (questions, lesson slides, etc.) can be arranged by dragging and dropping the slides into the order of your choice, as can be done in PowerPoint. You can also use the three dots in the upper right corner of each slide to move them up or down. Created content is automatically saved to your PointSolutions web portal.

Present content

When you are ready to present, click the Begin at the top of the page, next to the Create button. This opens a dialog allowing you to generate a session ID and adjust live polling options. Note that the default option for “Show results” is “Always”. This option displays results during polling as students answer the question. The “Review only” option only reveals the results after you close the survey. When you are satisfied with the setting, click Begin to close the dialog box.

Course slides ready for online survey.  The Start button is highlighted and the Live Polling Options dialog box displays the polling options available for tuning
[Figure 5] Screenshot of course slides ready for online survey. The Start Session button is highlighted and the Live Polling Options dialog box displays the polling options available for tuning.

Then you will see the message on the screen indicating the session ID (which will appear on all slides) and reminding you that the polling session is about to begin. Click it Start session button to continue. Once started, as students join the session and answer questions, you will see the number of students already in session (the number next to the people icon in the upper right corner) and the number of students who answered the survey question (the number number next to the mobile device icon). To continue, press the Next button at the bottom of the page.

A slide during the presentation.  At the top of the slide is the session ID, number of students in session, and those who responded.  At the bottom of the slide are the Next button, the End Session button, and the View Results button

[Figure 6] Screenshot of a slide during the presentation. At the top of the slide is the session ID, number of students in session, and those who responded if applicable. At the bottom of the slide are the Next button, the End Session button, and the View Results button.

For a question slide, to open the poll, click the To play button. Click it Stop button to close the poll.

The bottom of two slides: one showing the Open Poll button and the other showing the Close Poll button

[Figure 7] Screenshot of the bottom of two slides: one showing the Open Poll button and the other showing the Close Poll button.

When you have finished the presentation or when you click on the End Session , a window will open asking you to save the session data. The session name is auto-populated with the session timestamp. Keep or change the name, then click the End to save the session and exit the presentation. The file will be saved in your PointSolutions account, ready to be reviewed and/or exported.

Dialog to rename and end session

[Figure 8] Screenshot of dialog to rename and end session.

Data managment

The session file contains student class participation data. You can review and edit the session, download the data or export it to WebCampus.

To manage data, click the Results tab in the top menu bar. By default, you are redirected to the Gradebook where you can see all participation scores. Hover over a session and you can sort the column. The pencil icon allows you to rename or delete the session file. If you are ready to export scores to WebCampus, click the Export and choose Canvas. You can then select a session file and upload it. Alternatively, you can download the data as a CSV file for data management.

The results page, showing a sample notebook

[Figure 9] Screenshot of the results page, showing a sample notebook.

You can review and edit a session file before uploading it to WebCampus. Click it Sessions tab and click the Reports link of a session file.

The Results page with session files.  Each session file has a link to a session report

[Figure 10] Screenshot of the results page with session files. Each session file has a link to a session report.

This will open the session data reports. The default view of the report is the descriptive statistics of each question (frequencies and number of answers). If you need to edit a question, such as changing the point value or correct answer(s), click the three vertical dots next to Points so what Edit. to safeguard the changes when complete. Points will automatically update for all students. You can also Export the data from this view as an Excel file.

An example of a session report

[Figure 11] Screenshot showing an example session report.

You also have the option of viewing the detailed results of the session. Click it Detail to view student responses/performance in the session. You can also Export this view to Excel.

An example of a detailed session report

[Figure 12] Screenshot of a sample session detail report.

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