Audience response (mentimeter)

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Audience Response Systems

Also  known as 'Personal Response Systems', 'Electronic Voting Systems' or 'Clickers' are used in face-to-face settings to poll or quiz students and gather immediate feedback in response to questions posed by tutors.

This allows you and your students to get immediate feedback on their level of understanding on a topic, create engagement, show opinions, and drive active learning.

We have now moved to web based software that allow you to leverage student owned mobile devices (smart phones, tablets and laptops) to get them to respond.  this mean you no longer need to borrow kit or waste time handing out and collecting receivers. 

The University has invested in a number of licences for Mentimeter please contact if you wish to use one of these.  We also recognise a number of solutions each with slightly different features. more details of each of these are given below. 


Mentimeter logo

Mentimeter' is a cloud-based polling tool to interact with students in real-time using a mobile phone or other device connected to the internet. 'Mentimeter' visualises data gathered which displays live or can be hidden until all students have submitted a response.  Of all the tools mentioned this is the only one the University has paid licences to. 

Mentimeter have a 2-3 hour course on becoming a better presenter which is free for you to take

  • Simple interface
  • Unlimited class size 
  • Unlimited presentations 
  • Variety of questions types 
  • Increases participation by involving students in the discussion
  • Contributes to collaborative working - making it faster to generate content 

(these relate to the free plan, we have licences, please contact to use the pro account)

  • Limited to two questions per presentation (free plan)
  • Unable to export results (free plan)
Question types

  • Multiple choice (single and multiple answers)
  • Image choice (single and multiple answers)
  • Word cloud 
  • Quiz  (multiple choice with single correct answer and timed response)
  • Likert scales
  • Free text entry
  • Ranking
  • Matrix (places choices on a graph)
  • Q&A (users submit questions and others can upvote these)
  • Post session feedback 
  • Place pin on map
If you are interested in using 'Mentimeter', please contact to discuss your requirements in the first instance or visit the Mentimeter website for more information. 

How to Embed Mentimeter Slides into PowerPoint
Mentimeter slides can be embedded into a PowerPoint presentation. This is good for tutors who prefer not to have to manage multiple tabs during a live session-it is also good for allowing students who may miss a live session to still participate in polls if the PowerPoint is uploaded to your SOL pages after the live session.

To embed a Mentimeter slide into a PowerPoint:

  • There is a plug-in that needs to be downloaded to PowerPoint by clicking 'Insert' and then 'Add-ins':

screenshot of the add in button in PowerPoint

Then select ‘Admin Managed’:

screenshot of the admin managed button

The icon for ‘Mentimeter’ should then appear and the button for Add needs to be clicked. The first time this is done, there may be a request to download the app using Solent log-in details:

screenshot of the mentimeter icon in powerpoint


Meetoo logoVevox (previously Meetoo) is a cloud-based student response system that enables students to vote using a web browser or the Vevox app. The tutor can also enable Vevox messages so that everyone can post and view questions and comments. 

Once a Vevox activity has been set-up tutors send out an email ahead of the session with the joining instructions. Students must create an account before they can participate and can only join in using the '9-digit Meeting ID'.  

The free (education) version of Vevox is limited to 100 participants. 


  • Open communication channel to the presenter  
  • Students are able to 'like' comments - these can then be ranked
  • PowerPoint add-in available
  • Works well in seminar settings where student are more reluctant to vocalise their questions.


  • Only has multiple choice questions
  • Meeting style set-up can be confusing 

Question types

  • Multiple choice questions (no correct answer, correct answer, multiple answers)
If you are interested in using Vevox, please contact to discuss your requirements in the first instance or visit the Vevox website for more information. 


Socrative logo'Socrative' is web-based quiz tool which generates instant student responses using polls, quizzes and games. 

Students need an internet-connected mobile phone or other device such as a desktop or laptop to participate. Students can use a web-browser or download the Socrative app if they have an Apple or Android device. There is also a 'Teacher' app available for tutors. 

The tool is free for up to 50 respondent per class (150 on 'Socrative Pro'). 


  • Unlimited questions (free version)
  • Personalised room name
  • Student-paced and teacher-paced questions 
  • Export data to Excel


  • No PowerPoint integration 
  • Simple data visualisations

Question types

  • True/ False
  • Multiple choice ( with correct answer, no correct answer, multiple answers)
  • Short answer
If you are interested in using Socrative, please contact to discuss your requirements in the first instance or visit the Socractive website for more information. 


Nearpod LogoNearpod allows tutors to deliver a whole presentation to student devices via a web-browser or the NearPod app. 

The tutor can incorporate activities for the students to complete as part of the presentation such as polls, quizzes, drawing and student collaboration - creating real-time interactions using mobile phones or other devices connected to the internet. 

The free version of this software is limited to 30 students.  


  • Variety of inter-activities 
  • Library of free lessons that can be repurposed
  • Simple and easy-to-use 
  • Allows the tutor access to instant and live feedback from students
  • Frees up tutor time during a session instead of controlling PowerPoint presentation


  • Primarily aimed at Key Stage 1- 4
  • Limited class size

Question types

  • Polls (MCQ with no correct answer)
  • Multiple choice questions (multiple correct answers) 
  • Free text responses
  • Draw on-screen (not recommended for those on small screens)
  • Pin-board (students collaborate and add pictures and text)
If you are interested in using Nearpod, please contact to discuss your requirements in the first instance or visit the Nearpod website for more information. 


Glisser logoGlisser lets lecturers share slides to student devices in real time, and offers a number of interactive elements. 

Students are able to add their own private notes to slides as they appear, and can also submit questions to the presenter during the presentation.  Once the presentation has finished they have the option to download the presentation to their device, including any notes they may have made.


  • Simple and easy to use
  • Slides appear on student devices in real-time
  • Students are able to submit Q&A questions during presentation
  • Presentations can be downloaded onto student device at the end
  • The system accepts Powerpoint and PDF files, and allows videos via an embed code from YouTube or Vimeo


  • Q&A questions/comments cannot be moderated (free plan)
  • Unable to export data from interactive activities (free plan)
  • Various keyboard shortcuts are required to access some features whilst presenting

Question types:

  • Multiple choice (correct answer can be revealed)
  • Free text entry
  • Star rating

If you are interested in using Glisser, please contact to discuss your requirements in the first instance or visit the Glisser website for more information. 


Plickers logoPlickers is an assessment tool that allows presenters to poll students, assessing their knowledge through the use of multiple-choice questions.  Each student is assigned a code (an image similar to a QR code) printed on a card, which they hold up in response to the questions displayed on the screen.  Students provide answers by rotating the card so that the chosen letter is at the top.  The presenter then scans the room with their camera-equipped phone or tablet, and the Plickers app collects the data and saves it to the presenters online account, to view instantly or save for later.


  • Very easy to use
  • Students don’t require a mobile device to participate


  • Limited to 63 students per class
  • Each class of students needs to be set up on the system before-hand, which can take time
  • The system is designed for assessment, rather than the delivery of presentations
  • Different sizes of cards are required for different sizes of rooms

Question types:

  • Multiple choice (maximum of 4 options)
  • True/False

If you are interested in using Glisser, please contact to discuss your requirements in the first instance or visit the Plickers website for more information. 


Apester logoApester allows users to build multimedia presentations (referred to as 'stories') containing text, images, videos and a variety of interactive activities.  

Once the presentation is complete, the site will supply you with an embed code, or a URL, which can then be added to a website (e.g. SOL) or supplied to students directly.  Presentations can also be downloaded as a zip file.  

Once accessed, students are then able to navigate the presentation and interact with activities at their own pace.  Cookies are used to 'remember' user's progress, answers to questions etc between sessions (these cookies need to be cleared if multiple students are sharing a workstation or browser).


  • Easy to build professional looking slides.
  • Simple to add a range of content types (e.g. text, videos, images etc) via 'drag-and-drop'.
  • A wide variety of inter-activities. 
  • All aspects of the system are included for free.


  • Presentation slide 'sizes' are limited to mobile phone dimensions.
  • Once a presentation is published it is accessible at any time, so the presenter has no control over when slides are 'revealed' to students.

Question types:

  • Multiple choice quiz
  • Poll
  • Various variations of true/false (e.g. Like/Dislike, Happy/Sad, Hot/Not etc)
  • Ratings (e.g. 1-5, Like/So-so/Dislike etc)

If you are interested in using Apester, please contact to discuss your requirements in the first instance or visit the Apester website for more information. 


Spiral LogoSpiral gives presenters access to a variety of activities, with a focus on collaboration.  The lecturer sets up a lesson, which the students can access through their browser via a 'join code'.

As well as providing quizzes with a large number of question types, the system also allows students to respond to presentation slides via their mobile devices, and then comment on each other's responses.  Students can also be grouped into 'teams' to create their own slides, which can then be displayed on the main screen for others to comment on.


  • Presentations and quizzes can be revealed to students in 'real-time' during a lesson, or set to 'open' and 'close' at a pre-set time as an assignment
  • Slides are easy to create, and the system allows the import of Powerpoint files
  • A wide variety of response types are available for quiz questions, e.g. students can draw or annotate answers to questions, or record their answer as an audio file.


  • Free version is only available as a 60 day trial

Question types:

  • Open
  • Closed
  • Poll
  • Multiple Choice
  • Draw
  • Annotate
  • Record Audio

If you are interested in using Spiral, please contact to discuss your requirements in the first instance or visit the Spiral website for more information.