During live sessions, you can create and run multiple choice polls to gather the opinion of your audience, test their knowledge, or just get a feel of the room. It's a great way to keep your audience engaged.
Multiple choice polls consist in asking your audience a question with up to 6 associated responses that the audience can choose from. Depending on the configuration, attendees can select multiple answers for their response, and each answer can be defined as correct incorrect.
Polls are created, launched and controlled directly from within the live session, using the Polls panel.
Notes: Polls can support up to 2,500 participants. Once a poll has been launched and closed/hidden, it cannot be relaunched. Also, once a poll's results have been hidden, they can no longer be displayed again live to the audience.
How to create a poll
- Go to the created live session in the workspace main menu (Live > Live session).
More information on how to create a live session and enable polls.
- In the live session, click on + New poll to create a first poll question.
- Next, enter the poll question, and up to 6 possible response options. You can select which of the poll responses are considered "correct", by marking them with .
You can also set a maximum number of options that attendees can select as part of their response to the poll, using the Maximum allowed answers dropdown.
Questions can display up to 80 characters onscreen and responses can display up to 30 characters (including spaces). Any text beyond that will be displayed as "..." on screen when the poll is launched.
- After adding the information for the first poll question. Click on Save poll. This will add the poll question to the Polls section in the live session:
Note: You can repeat steps above to create as many polls as you like. Polls can only be edited if they have not yet been launched.
How to launch and run a poll
During your live session, whenever you are ready you can launch a poll question:
In the live session, go to the Polls section and click on the question you want to ask your audience:
From here, when you are ready to launch the poll, click on the Launch poll button.
The poll is launched to the attendees. Below in the web app example, a notification will appear on the Poll tab, and a prompt appears over the live stream (if applicable):
From here, the attendee can join the poll by clicking on the Poll tab or the Go to poll button.
Here they will and select their response to the question, and hit Send:
In the app, a message will appearing confirming that the poll response was submitted:
In Backstage, the live session host or moderator can choose to show the poll results to the audience when ready, by clicking on Show final results:
Back in the app, a notification will appear on the screen saying that the poll results have been shared:
The attendee can click on the See results button, or directly in the Poll tab to access the results:
Once the host or moderator has finished discussing the poll results with the audience, they can click on Hide results:
Once hidden, the poll question and answers are no longer displayed to attendees, and the poll can no longer be launched (or the results displayed again).
In the polling panel, the status of the poll is updated in the list of polls. Here we can see that the poll question is marked as Voted:
From here, the host or moderator can choose to run a new poll if they like.