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Adding Polls

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The Polls tool in Courses offers the ability to create and view anonymous multiple-choice polls.  The tool is useful for gathering feedback or deciding a question democratically.  The Polls tool is turned off in class and project sites by default. You can easily add a tool through Site Info > Edit Tools.


  1. Click the tab for your course or project site.
  2. Click Polls in the left menu. If the tool is not listed, it's easy to add the tool.Sakai 12 Polls Tool Image
  3. Click Add.Sakai 12 Polls Tool Add Image
  4. Fill in the poll details:
    • Question: enter the poll question, such as "What is your favorite color?"
    • (Optional) Additional instructions: enter any extra details to help the viewer respond to your poll. You do NOT enter the answer options here.
    • Opening Date: set when the poll will be visible.
    • Closing Date: set when the poll will no longer be open for responses.
    • Limits: set the Minimum and Maximum responses. If you want users to select one and only one option, set both boxes to "1."
    • Access options: set whether the poll is open to any user.
    • Results: select when results will be displayed to users.
  5. Click "Save and add options" to enter each of the answer options for your poll question.Sakai 12 Polls Tool Save and Add Options Image
  6. Enter the first answer option for your poll. This is a single option, such as "Blue" if the poll question is "What is your favorite color?"
  7. Click "Save and add options" to enter another possible answer choice(s). 
  8. When finished adding all possible answers to your poll question, click "Save" to save the last entry and return to the main poll page.
  9. Review all of your settings and possible answer choices. Then finish creating the new poll by clicking "Save."Sakai 12 Polls Tool Save New Poll Image

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