This guide introduces Vevox, a real-time polling and moderated discussion platform for use in online and physical classrooms to support responsive teaching, peer learning and active learning.
Vevox is primarily a browser-based tool, through which you can pose questions, get feedback, collect questions and run surveys in or outside of lectures. There is also a PowerPoint add-in (Windows only), which allows you to add poll questions as special interactive slides in PowerPoint. Connect your slides to a Vevox session, and then when you get to an interactive slide in your presentation, the question will open for responses from the students.
Polls, Q&A and surveys are created within sessions. The teacher might create a single session for a single event (e.g. a lecture), or reuse a session over many lectures. Each session has a unique identifier, used by the students to connect to it via their smartphones or other device. Alternatively, the Vevox interface for the audience can be connected to a Teams channel, chat or meeting.
Responses may be exported in Excel format. Sessions can be shared with other teachers, who are added as additional organisers. They may be reused with more than one class.
Vevox supports the following question types for polls:
Request a licensed account
- Go to the Vevox sign up page.
- Enter your Warwick email address and a strong password (not the same as your ITS account). Click Create Account.
- This will raise a helpdesk ticket for Academic Technology to approve or deny the account.
- The Academic Technology team will approve or deny the account and get in touch with you with further information.
- You can use Vevox with up to 5000 students in a session.
- Students do not need to have Vevox accounts, or a license to use it. They connect to a session with the Vevox app, via a browser (vevox.app) or without an additional device in Teams.
- When you start using Vevox with students, use the student information page to explain what it is and how their data will be used.
- Teachers dashboard: http://vevox.com
- Vevox polls can be run in PowerPoint.
What can Vevox be used for?
Vevox is especially good for teaching large groups, being more responsive and active in your teaching and enabling peer learning. Vevox can be used for both on campus and online settings.
Where the teacher spends a significant amount of time addressing the whole class, the size of which means that the teacher cannot easily hold discussions with each and every individual. Vevox overcomes some of the barriers that occur in these circumstances.
Where we actively respond to the needs and interests of the students as they develop during the learning process. In its simplest form, we get students to answer or ask questions, consider their responses, and we respond to their needs. This may also include engaging students in co-designing before, during and after they participate in modules and programmes, and using inputs from alumni. Responsive teaching requires a process of actively gathering feedback and data, reflecting and redesigning. By leaving space in the curriculum for flexible learning, and by changing the relationship we have with students (as partners), we can enable more responsive teaching.
Where students are actively involve in the learning process, rather than passively, thoughtlessly, present. Active learning may involve greater physical involvement, with students on their feet. It may involve students editing or creating digital artefacts. In either case, students actively co-construct knowledge, events, and objects, and have a higher degree of emotional, cognitive and behavioural engagement.
Where we get students to work together and learn from each other. This might involve team work on a challenge. Or we could get one student to teach the other student (taking turns). The act of teaching is a good way to develop and practice understanding. The physicist Eric Mazur documented many such techniques in his book Peer Instruction (1996).
Watch this introductory video which explains how to get started with Vevox (note that you can ignore the section on upgrading to a paid account):
Teaching with Vevox
If you need help, inspiration or guidance on designing teaching with Vevox, please join our PRS at Warwick community in Teams. If you are looking for Vevox training, please have a look at our self-paced Vevox training resource in Moodle.
The information on this page relates to Vevox and was last updated January 2021.
- Introduction to managing course participants
- Make your course visible to students
- Enrolment methods and managing access permissions
- Enrol participants using Warwick auto-enrolment
- Manually enrol participants onto a Moodle space
- Roles and their functions in Moodle
- Use groups and groupings
- Enable activity completion
- Mark activity completion manually
- Track activity completion
- Course completion
- Course participation
- Introduction to assessment and feedback
- Create a fail / pass scale
- Create a custom certificate
- Create and manage badges
- Reports, logs and completion data in Moodle
- Create an assignment
- Create an assignment for group submission
- Set up Turnitin within an assignment
- Create and grade a submission using a rubric
- Use a marking workflow for assignments
- Blind marking
- Allocate markers to specific submissions
- Provide grades and feedback for individual assignments
- Check the status of submissions
- Hide or show grades and feedback
- Introduction to eStream
- Access your eStream content
- Uploading videos to eStream
- Edit videos in eStream
- Edit video thumbnail
- Uploading a closed captions (subtitles) file to eStream
- Add eStream videos to Mahara
- Sharing eStream videos to Moodle
- Sharing an eStream video with a link
- Setup a video assignment in Moodle
- Introduction to Echo360
- Getting started with Echo360 Lecture Capture
- Lecture Capture enabled spaces
- Schedule a lecture capture
- Getting started with Universal Capture (Personal)