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Creating Live Wordcloud Polls with Vevox

Vevox Polls allow you to create polls and quizzes that are designed to be conducted live in class, and not graded in the Grade centre.

Screenshot of Vevox Word Cloud Poll

If you want to link through to the Grade centre use the self-paced survey activity option.

Tip: In Vevox a Poll refers to a single question.


  1. Create a new Poll

After you create a session, you are automatically taken into Polls dashboard. If you are returning to Vevox, click on your session name.

Click on Create new.

Vevox Polls dashboard with the Create New button highlighted


  1. Add the question

Select ‘Word cloud’ from Question type drop down.


Type in your question into the question title text box.


  1. (Optional) Add an image

Click on the image icon beside the Question title.

This opens open the Image dialogue box, click on the centre to open up a list of files, select the image you want to use, then click Open.

Add the Alt text for the image, then click Create.

You question will now appear in the polls dashboard, it is ready to be added to Blackboard.


  1. (Optional) Edit your poll

If you want to edit the image or question in the poll, click on the three dots in the bottom right corner and select Edit from the drop-down menu.


If the Edit option is not available after the Session is started, Clear results to see the Edit option.


  1. Add your poll to Blackboard

Like Turnitin, Vevox is an add-on to Blackboard, and you embed it into your Blackboard learning content in a similar way.

Within your Blackboard content area, add a Vevox session using the Build Content drop-down menu. Select Vevox.


This opens up the Vevox tool, select the session that contains your poll.

Then select whether you want participants to be anonymous or identified e.g. whether you want the participants' marks sent to the grade centre

  • Anonymous = Participants are fully anonymous therefore no grading information can be passed back to the VLE/LMS

  • Identified = Names will be hidden for other participants, but the participants identity will be visible in the data reports and will pass back correct answer grading information to the VLE/LMS

For Word Cloud polls select Anonymous

Then select the activity type: Live polling and Q &A click Select

This embeds the Vevox session in your learning content. Use the drop-down to hide the activity from students.


  1. Change the name of activity

You can use the arrow beside the Vevox title to access drop down menu and the Edit option to give the activity a more intuitive name.

Click Submit and the name is changed.


  1. Launching your poll

Before class, click on the Vevox title in Blackboard to launch the activity.


This opens up the Vevox tool inside Blackboard, select Open in New tab.

This takes you through to the activity in the Vevox dashboard.

You always need to open the session and the poll to allow participants to have access

Click on Open/ Re-open Poll.


Then use the bottom panel to set a timer if required and set whether you want to display the results on screen (Show Results) while students are selecting their options.


Once you are ready to run the activity in the class, click on Present Fullscreen


  1. Student accessing the Poll

The Vevox screen will contain the question, QR code and Session ID for participants’ access


Students can either scan in QR code with their phones or enter “” into the address bar of their browser and enter Session ID. They can then add their response


You’ll see the students’ selections come through into the Vevox dashboard

When students have finished making their selections. You can display their choices by selecting ‘Show Results’.


Click on Stop poll, to stop the session.