Provide Polling #1586

bigbluebutton-issue-import opened this Issue Aug 12, 2015 · 14 comments


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Originally reported on Google Code with ID 831

Allow participants to choose from a number of options provided by the presenter in order
to feedback on a particular slide (eg. yes/no or A, B, C, D, E).

Reported by on 2011-01-24 14:36:36

I agree. This'd be incredibly useful.

Reported by nrparmar on 2011-01-24 14:59:21


We've been moving the BigBlueButton client towards modularity and this could certainly
be a new module with options, such as:

It would be helpful if you could provide a more specific use case scenario.  A few
questions ... how would you like

1) to setup the questions: (a) in an external application that passes the questions
into the meeting using the API, or (b) from within BigBlueButton itself.

2) How would they answers be displayed?  Only to the presenter, or to everyone else
(when the presenter wishes)?

3) What happens to the pool after it's done?  It would be recorded as part of the session,
but is there any need to export the results?

Reported by ffdixon on 2011-01-24 15:22:50

1) Use it from within BigBlueButton itself, primarily for on-the-fly quiz questions
or getting the feel of the meeting. (There is another use case which would be the online
equivalent of using "clickers" where the quizes were authored into the slides in the
presentation perhaps using some kind of PowerPoint plugin but this seems much more
involved, and wasn't what I was actually thinking of).
2) It would be important that results *could* be displayed to everyone in the room,
but it should not be revealed without an intervention from the presenter (displaying
results whilst voting is taking place could influence the outcome).
3) Recording as part of the session is important.  Since the actual question could
arise either out of a slide *or* from a question posed verbally, exported results might
not be meanintful (except in the alternative use-case I described in (1) in parentheses).

Reported by on 2011-01-24 15:34:04

[1] I'd say from within BigBlueButton itself.

[2] Answers displayed as a bar chart and numerically [percentages as well as actual
numbers]. Much like how TurningPoint EVS slides are displayed. There's an example of
what I have in mind at:

[3] No need to export results in the first instance. Such polls are often quite transient,
and often don't need to be followed up. But exporting data as a .csv file might be

Reported by nrparmar on 2011-01-24 15:46:13

For [2] I like the image of how it's displayed.  

We are interested to explore whether this module is something that an existing University
to support for inclusion into BigBlueButton.  To see how features get into BigBlueButton,

BigBlueButton is open source ... and we know that this feature is something that's
of importance to our educational market.  

Reported by ffdixon on 2011-01-24 19:02:49


Reported by ffdixon on 2011-02-06 15:20:13

  • Labels added: Type-Enhancement, GSOC
  • Labels removed: Type-Defect

Reported by ffdixon on 2011-02-06 18:15:04

  • Labels added: Component-Apps, Component-Client

Reported by ffdixon on 2011-03-22 19:02:00

  • Labels removed: GSOC
There was a good discussion on the polling module in this thread

Attached is a draft design from that discussion.

Reported by ffdixon on 2011-09-05 13:00:14

- _Attachment: [BigBlueButton Polling UI Mockup.pdf]( Polling UI Mockup.pdf)_

Reported by ffdixon on 2014-02-01 00:22:41

  • Labels added: Milestone-Release0.9.0

Reported by ffdixon on 2014-07-31 21:29:38

  • Labels removed: Milestone-Release0.9.0
An in-App yes/no feedback will be usefull for quick questions like asking if the participants
can ear the presenter or not.
It can be displayed by a green/red color in the aera for the hand-up beside username.
And the presenter will be able to reset the answers.

Reported by Vincent.GASSER on 2015-06-05 18:40:54

We've updated the design of polling for the next release of BigBlueButton.  See

Reported by ffdixon on 2015-07-08 07:18:04

  • Labels added: Milestone-Release1.0.0
@kepstin kepstin modified the milestone: Release 1.0.0 Aug 12, 2015
ffdixon commented Sep 8, 2015

Closing this issue as polling has merged into the master branch.

@ffdixon ffdixon closed this Sep 8, 2015
@ffdixon ffdixon changed the title from Provide voting system to Provide Polling Sep 20, 2015
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