The Purpose

The purpose or AuResS is to collect and display responses from the audience during a lecture or similar event. Responses can be votes (A-B-C-D-E) corresponding to offered answers (Image 1) or short text (Image 2).
AuResS bar graph
Image 1. - AuResS bar graph
AuResS txt responses
Image 2. - AuResS bar graph

The Audience

The audience uses their mobile phones by accessing AuResS web page and either voting by pressing one of the offered buttons or by sending a short text (Image 3).

Personal computers or any other device able to access the web page can be used for sending response as well. Thus AuResS can be used in a computer lab, lecture hall, outdoors, for on-line learning, in web conferences or even on TV to gather responses from the viewers.
AuResS voting page
Image 3. - AuResS voting page

Technology requirements

The audience uses a web page to answer, NOT SMS. The audience members can use ordinary mobile phones, there"s no need for a smart phone. NO application needs to be downloaded.

Audience can use either local Wi-Fi network to connect to the AuResS web page or mobile packet data.

The Cost

Each answer transmits only XYZ bytes of information, so it is extremely low cost operation, even if paid service is used and it would efficiently operate even on very slow connections.

The Lecturer

The lecturer simply uses an Internet browser (Mozilla Firefox recommended) to access the web page for the lecturer. Lecturer's main interface is displayed in the image 4.
AuResS lecturer's page
Image 4. - AuResS lecturer's page

A new room

In order to get to the main page you first need to choose which room you will be using, a new one or an already existing one (Picture 6). You want to use an existing one only if something happened to your (lecturer"s) computer during the lecture (crash, power outage, turned off during the break, etc.) or if you really insist to use the same room for several consecutive lectures (we do not see much reason to do that). If you do want to use an existing room you need to enter you email address you used to open the room and the room ID. (Picture ?) When opening a new room, you can do it anonymously or you can enter your e-mail address (Picture ?). You want to do this if you expect to use the room later, or if you want the voting results to be sent to you by e-mail.

Posing questions

Questions are NOT displayed within AuResS. Rather you can use blackboard, flipchart, PowerPoint or any other mean to present the question and offer up to five answers (A-B-C-D-E). If you are prompting text responses, you can ask your question just verbally.

If you want to pose new question, select the apropriate number of answers and press the button "Next question".

Make sure to click the red "Accept votes" button so it turns green when you want the audience to start voting.
AuResS voting page
Image . - Question commands

Displaying results

Voting result can be automatically updated and presented if "Auto" checkbox is selected. Otherwise, you can do it manually by pressing the "Refresh" button if, for example, you do not want your audience to see how other members of the audience voted, until the voting is over. On the top of the graph, next to question number, you will see how many people voted, even if their votes are not displayed. In such a way you will be able to decide when to finish voting, if you did not impose a time limit. The audience can also send you text messages. They can be of any length and in multiple lines, yet note that big chunks of text might be difficult to use interactively.

You can control whether to display only the first vote/message sent from each device (the initial answer to the question), only the last response sent (after additional hints given to the audience), or all responses sent from all devices.

Using text responses in desktop/web applications

All the text the audience sent to you might be very useful either immediately during the lecture (or a meeting or exercise) or for later analysis. However, having it only in a form of list might not be practical. You might want to use it in text processor, spreadsheet, mind mapping application or some other. Some applications you might use as desktop application and some as web based application.

In order to make it possible for you to import all audiences" responses in your favorite application, we offer you a simple program for download: a "AuResS redirector".

Once you install it on your computer and tell it which AuResS room to monitor, everything the audience sent to you as text message, will appear as if YOU typed it on your computer keyboard!!!

Ain't that cool?!:-)

For more information on how to use and configure the redirector, go to XYZ

Later analysis of audiences' responses

If you would like to analyze audiences' responses after the lecture, you can :-)

At the end of the lecture you can download a file containing all responses in CVS (Comma Separated Values) format using a custom delimiter you choose. There are three possibilities. You can gather only the number of votes ("Questions") per offered answer (for each question). Then you can get information how each device ("Student") voted on each question. Finally, you can choose to receive all votes ("Votes") from a device in case the voter was sending multiple answers (changing his mind). Try all three formats, and you will understand it :-)

You can either download the file to the presenter's computer or you can have it sent by mail to you.
Download options
Image . - Results exporting

Responses' anonimity

Are the audiences' responses anonymous? YES!

There is no way anyone can figure out how someone voted based on information collected by AuResS. We can only tell that a number of responses came from the same device. But we cannot tell whom does it belong to. The device ID assigned and used by AuResS also changes each time they restart their browser before accessing AuResS web page.

But what if we really need to identify audience members for summative assessments or similar tasks? It is possible, but only if audience agrees to connect their answers to their physical identity. Just ask them to type their name in the text box as the answer to the first question. Then in registered responses (once you download them) you will see the device ID next to that name and the same device ID next to all subsequent responses from that student (member of the audience).

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