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Closed poll

Closed poll

The Closed Poll is a method to guide a course lasting several days, and to evaluate your teaching. In the Closed Poll, you collect cards with feedback. This helps you to get representative opinions from the entire class, even from reluctant students.


You will need


Something to display the question (board, flip-chart, even a PPT slide will do).

Benefits and limitations


  • You reach shy students.
  • You empower the class to take responsibility.
  • After a long day of talking, your audience may enjoy a small, silent, easy task.
  • No preparation time - can be used spontaneously


  • Of course you do not reach 100% of the group.
  • Some people are too reluctant to write what they think still.

What do I actually do as an instructor/facilitator?

Preparation / before class

Little or no preparation time is necessary; you might think about one or two questions that you'd like to ask.

Implementation / during class

  • Write an open question on the board, e.g.: “What would you like to learn tomorrow?” or "What was the most difficult topic for you?".
  • Share small paper cards among the students.
  • Give them some time to write down answers, then collect the cards in a box.
  • Treat the information confidentially.
  • Evaluate the answers only after the students are out of sight.

This method takes only about 5 minutes.

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Academis: Collect Feedback from Shy Students by Kristian Rother

This method was provided by Kristian Rother and is licensed under CC-BY.

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