Mentimeter

Mentimeter is the centrally-supported web-based Electronic Voting System. It can be used by staff and students to add interactivity to presentations, allowing you to display a range of question types in your browser. Participants can respond to these questions using their smartphones, laptops or tablets by entering a dynamically-generated ‘session code’ at http://www.menti.com. You can then access or share these responses during and after the presentation.

Word cloud (In one word, why do you think Mentimeter may be useful for you?  Responses in general order of frequency include: interactive, engagement, fun, inclusion, feedback, creative, active, thought-provoking, exciting, informative, responsive

Logging in to Mentimeter

If you have not yet logged onto your University Mentimeter account, please see the following information first: How to create and use your unlimited University Mentimeter licence. This is particularly important if you have previously used a free Mentimeter account and you would like to keep your existing Mentimeter presentations.

Once you have created your University account, you can log in from the Mentimeter home page by selecting ‘Log-in’. Then choose ‘log in with SSO’ which will take you to the ‘single sign on’ page. Add ‘University of York’ in the ‘company name’ and select the ‘Log in’ button. This will take you to the University single-sign on page to allow you to log on (Duo authentication required).

Getting started

Mentimeter’s own help pages are very comprehensive and well categorised, and individual guides contain step-by step instructions with screenshots and/or video walkthroughs. Key steps in using Mentimeter with links to guides and any York-specific elements are as follows:

Introduction

Video tutorial: Create your first Mentimeter presentation (you tube 1 min 51 secs) | The Mentimeter dashboard | Using folders

Creating questions

The main question types available include the following options:

Students select from options presented to them: Multiple choice questions and rating scales. For multiple-choice questions with a single correct answer you can also apply ‘segmentation‘ which allows you to display the results of questions organised according to responses to a previous question. This can allow you to make connections between the results of different questions and to highlight patterns. For example, by asking the same question(s) at different stages of a session, this can be a useful way of exploring and highlighting changes after teaching or discussion.

Students add text-based responses: Word cloud and open-ended questions.

Students can anonymously share questions with you at any time during a presentation: Q&A.

Other question types: Quiz competition (introduce a competitive element); 2 x 2 grid (rating scales along two separate axes to show relationships between selections); Quick form (Create a survey with responses not displayed on screen but for download afterwards as an excel file – Please be aware of the acceptable use terms use and the need not to collect personal data); Pin on an image (students can add a pin on a map or label an image).

Changing the style of your questions

If you would like to use a University of York style for your Mentimeter slides you can do so by selecting ‘Themes’ at the top of the presentation editing interface.

Then select one of the two University of York themes. ‘Light’ has a white background with dark text and graphical elements. ‘Dark’ has a grey background with light text and graphical elements. Both have been designed for high contrast whilst incorporating the University logo and colour schemes.

You can also select from other Mentimeter theme options or create your own theme.

Deploying your questions

How to share your Mentimeter presentation during a session so that students can take part.

Please note that although Mentimeter makes a Powerpoint plug in available to allow it to be used from within a PowerPoint presentation, this is not supported at the University. Instead, staff can switch between PowerPoint and an internet browser to show the Mentimeter poll and results:

How to display or link to the live results of your presentation.

You can also change your Mentimeter presentation settings to allow students to respond to questions in their own time and at their own pace. This is useful if you would like to embed a presentation in the VLE for use between sessions or if you would like to allow students to work through questions at their own pace rather than in lockstep during a live session.

Case studies

We are aware that many staff have made effective use of Mentimeter in recent times with examples related to:

  • Diagnostics: Finding out where students are at or what they already know at the beginning of a session, or adapting teaching during a session in response to their needs.
  • Community building and inclusive learning: Providing opportunities for ‘getting to know you’ activities or to address social / affective aspects of learning.
  • Promoting active learning and discussion: Using polls as a trigger for comparison/discussion, e.g. through peer-instruction techniques.
  • Stimulating reflection and feedback: Polls to engage students with questions about their own learning and action planning or to seek feedback on teaching.

We are keen to highlight and share effective practices with polling tools for learning and teaching and to develop our current case studies related to Electronic Voting Systems. If you have examples you would like to share please get in touch with us.

Accessibility

Mentimeter have published the following accessibility statement incorporating an analysis of how the tool meets the standards of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. It applies to the voting site ‘menti.com’ rather than the editing interface on ‘mentimeter.com’. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the accessibility of Mentimeter further.