Training Center: Using the Polling Feature (WBS29.13, WBS30)

Document created by roeakins on Feb 25, 2015Last modified by rruman on Nov 2, 2015
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The Polling feature allows the host or presenter to conduct a survey or questionnaire with attendees during a WebEx training session. You can create, edit, and save a poll using the Polling panel within a WebEx session or by using the WebEx Poll Questionnaire Editor, which is available for download on your Training Center site (from the left navigation select Support>Downloads).


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The Polling Panel


To open the Polling panel during a training session:

From the icon tray, click Polling.


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Note: If the polling icon is not available, from the Panels menu, select Manage Panels and add it to the current panels.


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The polling toolbar:


IconLabelUse this tool to...
Create a poll icon.pngNewCreate a new blank poll.
Open poll icon.pngOpenOpen a poll you previously saved on your computer.
Save Poll.pngSaveSave the current poll questions, with our without the responses, to your computer.
Edit poll.pngEditEdit the question or answer currently selected in the Poll Questions section.
Delete poll icon.pngDeleteDelete the question or answer currently selected in the Poll Questions section.
Up and Down Arrows for Polls.pngMove Up/DownMove the question or answer currently selected in the Poll Question section.



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Creating a Poll

     1. Open the Polling panel.

     2. Under Question, select a Type. The table below describes your options.


If you select...Then
Multiple choice

Choose from the drop-down:

  • Single Answer: displays as radio buttons and allows only one selection.
  • Multiple Answers: displays as check boxes and allows multiple selections.
Short answerDisplays an empty text box and allows attendees to type an answer.



     3. Click New and type a question in the Poll Questions text box that appears.

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     4. Press Enter or click Add. A blank answer text box appears below the question.

     5. Use the table below to determine your next step based on the poll question type.


Multiple choice

1. Type an answer to the question. Note: Click Mark as Correct to display a checkmark next to this answer in the presenter's Polling panel and for the option to share correct answers with attendees after closing the poll.

2. Press Enter or click Add. Another blank answer text box appears below the current answer.

3. Repeat until all answers for this question are entered.

Short answer

1. Do one of the following:

    • Leave the text box empty; or
    • Type the expected response in the text box; it will display only in the presenter’s Polling panel.
2.  Press Enter. The answer text box shrinks in size and turns blue to indicate it’s been saved.


    6. Repeat steps 2-5 until all questions and answers are entered.   

    7. Optional steps. You may:

    • Select Record individual responses to view and/or share each participant’s responses in the poll results.
    • Click Options to modify or disable the default 5-minute time limit set for the poll.

    8. Click the Save icon on the polling toolbar to save the poll for use in a future WebEx training session. The Save Poll Questions As window opens.   

    9. Type a name for the file in the File Name box and click Save.         

          Note: While you are creating a poll questionnaire, Training Center automatically saves it every two minutes to your My Documents folder.


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Administering a Poll

The poll you will deliver must be open in your Polling panel.


To access a poll saved on your computer:

  1. On the polling toolbar, click the Open icon. The Open Poll Questions window opens.
  2. Navigate to the proper folder and select the poll file (.atp extension).
  3. Click Open. The poll opens in your Polling panel.


To conduct the poll with your attendees:

At the bottom of the Polling panel, click Open Poll. The poll opens in the attendee Polling panel and is available for input.  Your Polling panel sections change to display the Poll in progress information and Polling status. Attendees’ responses are added to the Results column as they are submitted. The time limit and time remaining, if set, are displayed.

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To monitor individual attendees' progress:

In the polling status section click the three dots. The Attendee Status Details window opens. As participants respond to the poll, their names and status display in the appropriate sections.


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To close the poll:

Click Close Poll or allow a timed poll to close automatically when the time expires. Any attendees who have begun the poll, but not submitted it, will see a dialog box asking if they want to submit their answers. If this happens, you will see a message Waiting for Participants to Submit Responses and a timer counting down 20 seconds. After the time expires, the status window closes automatically. The Poll results and sharing options are displayed in your Polling panel.

Poll Results.png


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Sharing Poll Results

After administering your poll to attendees, you may choose to share the results with them.


    1. In the Share with section, select one or more options.


Select this share
Poll results...the Results statistics and Bar Graph for each question in the attendee’s Polling panel.

Individual Results

  *Available if you select Record individual responses when creating the poll

...individual attendees’ answers to each question. The results are automatically displayed in a new Polling Results window via Web Browser Sharing.

Correct answers

  *Available if you select Mark as Correct  when creating the poll

...a checkmark to the left of each correct answer within the attendees' Polling panel.

Individual grades

  *Available if you select Mark as Correct  when creating the poll

...each attendee's percentage of correct answers at the bottom of the polling panel.


     2. Click Apply. The results are displayed for attendees.



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