Results from the first week of classes “pulse” survey

Earlier this week, Academic Technologies and the Harte Center created an Poll Everywhere survey about how the first week of classes is going

Here are the results (as of Thursday afternoon):

student responses to "how are you feeling about the first week of classes?"

student answers to "how would you summarize your first week experience?"

student responses to "what can we do to better support you?"

Students, if you’re reading this, please know that faculty and staff are committed to your academic growth. We want you to be excited about learning, know that we care about you as a person, and that W&L offers many avenues of support to help you pursue your goals and dreams. We’re here for you! Be on the look out for a new poll soon!

Instructors, polling is a great active learning technique that you can employ to engage students in thinking about course content, as well as assess their opinions, knowledge, and/or skills in real-time and with low- or no-stakes. 

Interested in a Poll Everywhere account? Want to talk about how to use polling in the classroom?

Contact the ITS Information Desk at, call 540.458.4357 (HELP), or stop by the ITS Information Desk on the Main Level of Leyburn Library.

An example pulse survey/check-in poll for the end of the first week of classes

Pulse surveys — a short, 5-10 question survey that’s conducted weekly or monthly — are an easy way to quickly gather feedback.

In our virtual learning environment where valuable face-to-face time is lost, holding a pulse survey is a great way to check-in on your students’ well-being and collect feedback that could help you adapt your classroom to their needs.

Below is an example 3 question pulse survey that allows for anonymous participation:

Once students have the response link (which you can share in the Chat at the end of a Zoom class meeting or post in Announcements in Canvas), they’ll be able to take the survey until you lock it. Then, clear and archive the existing results before you distribute it again to start over with a clean slate.

Ready to try this out? If you have a PollEverywhere account, go ahead and log in at first, THEN click first week of class pulse survey to download it to your account.

Need a Poll Everywhere account? Or have a Poll Everywhere account and need help creating a poll or survey? Contact the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP) or email