Absorb's optional Mercury module also provides Admins with a Polls tool. With it Admins can conduct polling on any sample group they wish to assemble and research, with the Poll administered via a multiple choice question that each participating Learner votes on. Once a Poll is published the Admin can monitor the answers / results over time and use the assessed opinions however they see fit.
How It Works
This component allows the Admin to tap into an invaluable resource - Learner feedback. Since Polls are entirely open ended, the Admin is free to create any type of question they believe would provide them with useful information, on any and every subject they can possibly think of. The type of information that an Admin can obtain from a Poll can also be fully designed to suit their needs, simply by how the question is posed to respondents. For example a Poll query can be designed to be fact-based (e.g. "Did this Course provide you with the necessary training?") opinion-based (e.g. "How useful was this Course?") or even choicebased (e.g. "Would you take another Course in this series?").
Polls can be added to Absorb by using the Polls workspace and the following tabs.
The General Tab is used by the Admin to enter the bulk of the information required in order to create a Poll.
|Question||This is the query that the Learner will be asked to answer (mandatory). Each individual Poll can only pose a single question at a time so if the Admin wishes to obtain additional responses on other issues, they will need to create additional Polls.|
|This image will be shown as part of the Poll notification, as it appears in the Poll tile on the Learner's Dashboard.|
|Add Option / Answer||This provides the possibility for the Admin to add further Options / Answers to the Poll. The Admin may add as many potential responses as they want so that Learners are given the chance to answer the Poll Question accurately. Since every Poll must offer the respondent a choice, there must be at least one additional alternative Option / Answer added here that the Learner can choose from.|
|Author||This is the name of the Admin that initially created the Poll. It is automatically populated by Absorb but can be changed to any other Admin name that is contained in the LMS.|
|Publication||This switch determines whether or not the Poll will become active on the LMS. As soon as the Admin publishes the Poll (by setting the Publication option to 'On' and saving the change) it will be uploaded to the Poll tile on the Dashboard of every Learner that is being asked to participate.|
|Option / Answer||This is a possible response to the Question, as chosen by the Admin, that the Learner may select as the Poll answer that best matches their own.|
When creating a new Poll the Actions available for use by the Admin are:
|Add Poll||This button will launch the Poll workspace where the new Poll can be created.|
|Save||This button will save the new Poll and return back to the Poll Report page where the newly created Poll will now appear at the top of the Report.|
|Cancel||This button will cancel the newly created Poll without saving it in the LMS (which the Admin will be prompted to confirm) and return the Admin back to the Poll Report page.|
Polls can also be modified in Absorb using the same Polls resources.
When working with a previously saved Poll the Actions available for use by the Admin are:
|Edit Poll||This button will relaunch the Poll workspace where any selected Poll from the Report can be updated and re-saved.|
|View Votes||This button will generate the View Votes Report where the Admin can obtain an update on the latest results of the Poll (see View Votes Report below).|
|Delete Poll(s)||This button will erase any Poll(s) selected from the Poll Report (which the Admin will be prompted to confirm). Any Poll(s) deleted here is permanently removed from the LMS and cannot be recovered.|
|Deselect||This button will clear any Poll selection(s) made by the Admin in the Poll Report.|
|Save*||This button will save any changes made to the existing Poll and return the Admin back to the Poll Report page.|
|Cancel*||This button will cancel any changes made to the existing Poll, reverting back to the last saved version (which the Admin will be prompted to confirm) and return the Admin back to the Poll Report page.|
|Quick Save*||This button will save the existing Poll without returning back to the Poll Report page so that the Admin can continue working on the Poll they are currently editing.|
|View History*||This button will open a new dialog box containing a detailed breakdown of any and all of the change(s) made to the Poll since it was created - including the date and the party responsible for the update(s), listed in order of most to least recent. This feature can be useful for any Poll that multiple Admins may have worked on and/or to review any previous changes made to the Poll's content or information.|
(* - Action options available after the Poll has been reopened for editing.)
Once the existing Poll is re-saved the Admin can decide to run reports in order to determine:
- Results of a Poll currently still in the process of receiving responses
- Results of a previously completed Poll
- Results of a filtered report based on the group of Polls listed in the LMS
Absorb's Polls tool will launch using the standard Report layout as its starting point where an Admin can: create a new Poll; work on an existing Poll; and/or, run a custom Polls Report and/or assemble a View Votes Report
The basic Poll Report can be customized to provide data on any of the following parameters:
|Author §||This column displays the name of the LMS Admin that authored the Poll.|
|Date Added||This column displays the date the Poll was first created and saved to the LMS.|
|Date Edited||This column displays the date the Poll was last updated and re-saved to the LMS.|
|Date Published||Refer to the definition in the General Tab above|
|ID||This column displays the Poll identifier automatically assigned by the LMS and can be used in creating deep links in Absorb.|
|Is Published||This column displays the date the Admin switched the Publication toggle in the General Tab to 'On', making the Poll available to the Learners on the LMS that are asked to respond.|
|Question §||Refer to the definition in the General Tab above.|
|Vote Count||This column displays the total number of votes received for all the possible Answers / Options that form the responses of the Poll.|
(§ - Columns shown automatically as part of the default report view.)
View Votes Report
Beyond regular reporting activities the most important function of the Polls Report page is to provide the Admin with the option to create a View Votes Report. With this report they can view the Poll results from the group of Learners that have participated up to the point that the report is generated. This report can be run periodically to determine ongoing research results as the Poll will only be removed from the LMS once the Admin has turned the Publication switch to 'Off' or they have deleted the Poll altogether.
This report is a fixed report and cannot be sorted (the information is listed in order of the Answers / Options determined when the Poll was created) nor modified beyond displaying the default data types in the following order:
|Answer / Option Number||This column displays the numerical identifier corresponding to the specific response provided in the Poll in the order in which it was initially added by the original Admin that created it.|
|Answer / Option||This column displays the full text of the possible response choice provided for answering the Question.|
|Total Vote Count||This column displays the current overall number of times an Answer / Option was chosen.|
|Votes Last Week||This column displays the current overall number of times an Answer / Option was chosen during the previous week.|
|Votes Last Month||This column displays the current overall number of times an Answer / Option was chosen during the previous month.|
|Votes Last Year||This column displays the current overall number of times an Answer / Option was chosen during the previous year.|
When working with an open View Votes Report the Actions available for use by the Admin are:
This button will return the Admin to the previous Poll Report page. Since this report type can not be changed in any way beyond displaying the results in the format provided, no further options are needed.