Classroom Response/Audience Polling Systems

You can use these systems to collect anonymous or identified responses from an audience in real time. Instructors typically use them for quizzing students to check comprehension, for exam review sessions, and to gather anonymous feedback or responses for class discussions. Early systems required specialized hardware (aka "clickers"); modern systems are completely web-based systems and enable participants to respond using their own devices over a WiFi or cellular Internet connection.

Getting Started

There are many web-based classroom response tools. Most have a free tier, support basic question types (short answer, numerical response, multiple choice), can display results on screen and allow you to export results in an Excel-compatible format.

We recommend:

Respondents will need a smartphone, tablet, or laptop with a web browser and Wifi or cellular Internet access to participate. (Over 90% of Bryn Mawr students report owning a smart phone and over 95% report owning a laptop.)

For best results:


  • Click Request a Consultation or book an appointment with an educational technology specialist for help selecting or implementing a polling solution.
  • Ask individuals having trouble connecting to WIFI to contact the Help Desk (in person during open hours, 610-526-7636,
  • If you notice widespread or repeated wireless/Internet connectivity problems when polling in a particular classroom or meeting space, please report this to the Help Desk so we can investigate.
  • For help troubleshooting polling software issues, please consult the company's support resources. LITS staff do not necessarily have the resources, expertise or power to fix problems with third-party software.

What happened to the iClickers? LITS no longer maintains a loan pool of iClicker base stations and response units for classroom use. Faculty or departments who want to use iClickers can purchase their own base stations and arrange for students to rent or buy the response units through the Campus Bookstore. Contact Jim Huang ( for more information.

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