What is it?
When I attended ALT-C in September I saw a demo of Vevox (formerly Meetoo), which had only recently moved into offering to Education, a tool that allows you to engage with your audience through live polling and discussions.
How does it work?
Once you have joined Vevox (formerly Meetoo) you are given a personalised link that takes you to your dashboard. From here you can set up the ‘meetings’ (it was originally set up for businesses so refers to meetings, although these are just your lecture / lesson times) and polls. Both of these are quick and easy to set up. The polling functionality has recently been updated, it now allows a ‘correct answer’ to be selected so students can see if they were right.
When you start your session your students have to enter a code to join the ‘meeting’, they can do this on the free downloadable app or the Vevox website.
Once students have joined the they can then take part in the polls/questions as well as send questions in what Meetoo call the discussion tool. The discussion tool is similar to a chat room, but one which can be moderated to ensure it stays on topic. Once the ‘meeting’ has ended you can download reports on the discussion and polling.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
The polling tool can be used to engage your learners and test their knowledge in lectures. You can ask questions throughout to check understanding and share this with students and identify any gaps in knowledge. You could carry out your mid-module evaluation using a series of polls, you do have the option to make responses anonymous.
The discussion tool is useful to allow students to ask questions throughout the lecture without interrupting the flow. Another way you could use it is to facilitate student discussions, or it could be utilised to get open ended student responses to questions.
They offer a free account available for education, which allows up to 100 students per meeting. If you want to have a trial with it before signing up or learn more about it just send us an email to arrange this: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you see any advantages of using Meetoo to ask questions or polls in lectures? How could you use the discussion/chat tool? Would you like to try using Meetoo in one of your lectures? How do you stimulate engagement and participation in lectures? Are there any apps that you’d like to learn more about? As always let us know in the comments!
We’ll also be showcasing some other student engagement apps at our ‘TEL Me About’…Student Engagement Tools workshop on Monday 6 February 2017. Book your place by visiting our Eventbrite page.