Polling in a Zoom Meeting

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What is Zoom?

Zoom is a web conferencing system that offers a variety of interactive features to help you collaborate and connect online. Zoom can be used to host an unlimited number of classes, office hours and meetings online that can last up to 24 hours.  It is available at https://umd.zoom.us and as an integration in ELMS-Canvas. 

Your University of Maryland Zoom account supports meetings with up to 300 participants. You can increase your participant limit to 1000 by contacting the Service Desk.

Support articles covering features such as polling, chat, file sharing and desktop sharing support engagement and collaboration are available. Sessions can be scheduled on the fly or in advance. Sessions can be recorded and will be saved locally when you end the meeting. 

IMPORTANT: Certain student, faculty and staff information and privacy are protected by federal, state and other laws. Be sure you are meeting legal standards when using UMD audiovisual recording systems. Learn how to protect yourself and other UMD community members by reading this article on how to protect student privacy and personally-Identifiable Information in UMD audiovisual recording systems.


Polling in Zoom

The polling feature for Zoom meetings allows you to create up to 25 polls consisting of single choice or multiple choice polling questions. You can launch the poll during your meeting and gather the responses from your attendees. If you choose, you can share the results with the participants. You also have the ability to download a report of polling during or after the meeting.

NOTE: If the Zoom meeting is created in ELMS, it is recommended to add the poll in the UMD Zoom portal.

  1. Go to the Zoom portal (umd.zoom.us).
  2. on the left navigation bar, select Meetings.
  3. Find the meeting to which you wish to add a poll.
  4. Hover over the title to made the Edit button visible.
  5. Click on the Edit button (to the right of  the title).
  6. Scroll to the bottom and click the Save button. (do not make changes at this point).
  7. A summary of the meeting will display. Scroll to the bottom to find the Poll option
  8. Click "+ Create" button to begin.
  9. Develop the poll for this meeting and click "Save"

Create a poll butto

NOTE: There is no need to save the meeting again. 

For detailed instructions on how to create and deploy a poll, see Polling for Meetings