Thing 10: Polls & Surveys

It’s hard to believe that we’re starting the last week of our learning program. We hope all of you have had as much fun as we’ve had exploring new tech tools, getting to know more about your colleagues and considering new ways to make stronger connections with your community.


Our final topic is how we can use online polls & surveys to schedule meetings, solicit feedback from our community, automate signups, keep reading logs, and many other uses.  The tools we’ll explore this week provide a variety of options for creating, administering, and reporting the results of online surveys & polls.

Some examples and ideas: 


PollDaddy – Create surveys, polls and quizzes and embed them on your web pages. The free service has a limit of 200 responses per month. Polldaddy polls can also be embedded in one of your Posterous posts. This article explains how.

Doodle – This wonderfully simple tool lets you poll people about the best times/dates for an event, meeting, outing, etc. To start a Doodle poll, add a list of possible dates/times for an event and then invite others to respond. They fill in their name and check off the options that work for them. Everyone who’s been invited can see the other response. Brilliantly simple concept.

PollEverywhere – Create live, interactive polls that can be used during presentations and in other settings. Responses can be submitted in a variety of ways, including texting. Has options for creating a live slide to add to a PowerPoint presentation so results can be viewed as they come in from your audience. (Free for limited # of responses.)

Google Docs has an amazing forms feature that can be used to design online surveys, polls, questionnaires and more. And like the rest of Google Docs it’s free, but you will need a Google account. Since Google Docs Forms are a bit more complicated (but more powerful!) than the other tools, we’ve included a few extra tips.

  • You’ll find the Forms option when you click on the CREATE button on the main page of Google Docs.
  • On the form editing screen, add a title and any introductory text. Then add your questions. Note the variety of question types: text, paragraph, multiple choice, etc. Try out a number of different question types.
  • When the form is done, you can view the form from the link at the bottom of the screen and also email the link to the form. Send it to a friend to help you test it out!
  • As people fill out your form, the responses are added to a spreadsheet in Google Docs.   Each form you create is directly linked to a spreadsheet of the results, which can be exported as Excel, CSV and other formats. You can access the spreadsheet with the results from your Google Docs main page.
  • Google Forms help page: Create, send, share, and edit a form


  1. Pick one of the tools discussed above.
  2. Check out the help files and tips
  3. Create a poll or survey and test it out. You might ask some friends or colleagues to try the poll.
  4. For your learning journal post
    • Please label your post “Thing 10: Polls”
    • Tell us about your experience with this exercise
    • If you can embed your poll in your Posterous post, try that out.
    • Otherwise, provide a link to your poll. 

Credits: Some of the content in this post is based on a post by Lisa Hubbell, a student in the SLIS program at San Jose State University.

1 Response to Thing 10: Polls & Surveys

  1. Pingback: Week 10 – Our Final Week! | Learn with MHLS

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