Welcome

Welcome to the University of Leeds electronic voting (e-voting) website. This resource aims to provide you with all the information you need to become a confident user of this very useful, as well as exciting technology.

The main advantage of interactive voting is that it supports instantaneous, anonymous (as well as known) interaction between the presenter and the audience. As a result, lectures become livelier, the presenter can easily stay aware of how well the audience has grasped the ideas he or she has been communicating, and both the presenter and the audience can receive instant feedback from each other.

University of Leeds inspiration
- Why use e-voting? (video training)
- Creating e-voting questions (video training)
- Delivering an e-voting session (video training)

- Dr. David Lewis' presentation on his own use of e-voting (given at Hands on the Future, 2011)
- Paul Arnold and Dragos Ciobanu's ALT-C 2010 presentation on embedding e-voting into the design of the face-to-face element of a module
- Using e-voting with interactive tablets in face-to-face sessions (video)

Printable guides:
     - the steps involved in using the radio-frequency (RF) system (PDF)
     - the steps involved in using the infrared (IR) system (PDF)

External inspiration
- Promoting deep learning with MCQs - another brilliant post from the Tomorrow's Professor mailing list
- Need some help writing MCQs? See this blog post from Tomorrow's Professor mailing list
- Active Collaborative Learning (University of Strathclyde) (report+video)

The e-voting system most widely available at the University of Leeds currently is produced by eInstruction. The system used to be called InterWrite PRS (Personal Response System), but the functioning version currently available on request from ISS is a more recent one - Response 5.2 (if you would like to download it on your own machines, please follow this link). More information about how it works is available on this page.

However, as e-voting becomes more popular at our university, other systems have appeared, too: TurningPoint in the Faculty of Medicine and Qwizdom in the School of Dentistry. All these three systems have advantages and disadvantages and I'm planning a head-to-head soon - check the blog news to the left.

As a result of recent developments, we are currently using a mixture of infrared (IR) clickers and radio-frequency (RF) ones. The system is available for free from the Teaching Technology Support team (IR - ~500 clickers). Several departments have also purchased or are purchasing their own e-voting systems, too.

If you are interested in buying the Response system, please contact Banxia, who have supplied the University of Leeds with this technology so far. The company’s web address is http://www.banxia.com/ and their contact e-mail is info@banxia.com. Their price list for PRS products can be found at http://www.banxia.com/acatalog/InterwritePRSproducts.html but they also have regular promotions, so it is worth getting in touch with them before ordering. For the other systems, please look up contact details on their respective websites.

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