Mentimeter

Mentimeter is an online polling software that can be used to present live or asynchronous polls, quizzes and word clouds. Polling is anonymous and students can download the app, or complete polls from their browser on a laptop, pc or mobile device. There’s also the option of embedding these polls in Blackboard.

Mentimeter is all web-based, so you can create presentations online with their easy to use editor. You can add questions, polls, quizzes, slides, images, gifs and more to your slides to create fun and engaging presentations. Once students have completed the polls, they will be able to visualise their responses in colourful and fun images.

Once your Mentimeter presentation is over, you will be able to share and export your results for further analysis and even compare data over time to measure the progress of your audience.

Using Mentimeter in your course

Over 900 staff members at the University are already using Mentimeter to create engaging polls for their students, in asynchronous or synchronous activities.

Pro version

We know a lot of you have been using the free version of Mentimeter, here’s what’s new in the pro version, which you get through the University:

  • Increased slides available
  • Polls are able to be themed and branded, you will already see some UoB themes we have created for you.
  • Reporting
  • Results can be downloaded
  • Increased functionality across license
  • Presentations can be uploaded into Mentimeter
  • You can create presentation templates
  • Ability to create groups. These could be used for your schools or teams

Groups in Mentimeter

It is now possible to have groups within Mentimeter. Within your group you have the ability to share themes and templates. If you would like a group set up please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk with the name you would like to call your group, and the staff you would like in the group. Please note everyone will need a Mentimeter account to be added to the group.

Asynchronous activity ideas

Students/users participate in an activity over a period of time, during which they input and can see their and other peoples’ responses.

Word Cloud

Mentimeter Word Cloud activity embedded in Blackboard with the question What three words describe how you see your role as an online instructor? The responses form a word cloud, with the larger words including facilitator, guide, enabler.

A word cloud is a great way to build up ideas over a specific period of time. The mentimeter slide can be embedded into the course on Blackboard. This was used in the Digital Design courses which started running in 2020.

Scales

Mentimeter Scales activity, with the question How confident do you feel in these areas? and 3 areas to choose a scale ranging from not so confident to very confident. E.g. Locating and finding where to submit in the Assessment Submission and Feedback section on your Blackboard unit.

A scale is a great way to map confidence levels of your students. You can ask them to complete these before and after your teaching, to see how their confidence levels changed. This was used in the Digital Design course, as well as the Digitally Ready course with was aimed at students. We included two of these polls in the assessment section. By seeing where students confidence levels were for different categories we were able to ascertain where we should be directing our time in building assessment guidance.

Open ended

Mentimeter open ended activity embedded in Blackboard, with the question What is your one main concern about running online discussions?

The Open ended feature in Mentimeter allows students to input a free text response. This is a great way to collate information before a session that can be discussed all together. The answers can be displayed in a flowing grid which allows for a large amount of responses.

Synchronous activity ideas

See our case study page for ideas on how to use Mentimeter in a synchronous session.

Accessibility

Make your activities more accessible by:

  • Checking the contrast between the text and background colours you pick to ensure it is sufficient.
  • Adding descriptive captions to images you add.
  • Choosing understandable headings, labels, etc.
  • If you are embedding the activity, make sure you also provide a link to it.

You may also want to look at Mentimeter Accessibility Statement.

Getting an account

There are two ways to get a Mentimeter account. You can use this link: www.mentimeter.com/join/bristol-university which will get you set up straight away and send you an introductory email. Alternatively, if you have further questions about Mentimeter you can contact us at digital-education@bristol.ac.uk where we can provide you with further information on how to get set up. 

If you had already signed up for a free account with your UoB email, please use the same link www.mentimeter.com/join/bristol-university to upgrade your account. Please ensure your UoB email matches your Mentimeter email exactly before you upgrade.

The Pro version of the accounts can only be used if you are employed at the University. If you leave the University we will suspend your pro account. Any work that is housed in your account will remain in the University Mentimeter workspace, but you will need to export any polls or reports that you need before this happens.

Help & Guidance

We've included some useful hints, tips and guides to get you started with Mentimeter. You can find more information on their help pages. Students can download the Mentimeter app on their iPhone or Android or join through the browser at menti.com to contribute to polls.