Setup for online voting
Before you can actually start with an onlinevoting, you will need to head over into the Settings, by pressing the Settings-button in the Mainwindow of StuReSy. Click on the Internet-Button on the left to get to the Internet settings.
- If the checkbox “Web-Plugin enabled” is not checked, check it.
- Enter the Server-Adress given by your eLearning Administrator. It should look somewhat like this httb://somewebsite.com/relay.php
- Enter the Client-Adress the same way you did for the Server-Adress. It should look somewhat like this httb://somewebsite.com/index.php (notice the different ending relay.php/index.php)
- Select a Polling Frequency. Depending on the speed of your server and your internetconnection you should NOT select a value below 1000 milliseconds. The polling frequency describes in what time-intervals the server gets polled for new votings. An interval of 5000 milliseconds (5seconds) is a good starting value, but lower values like 2500 ms might give a better votingexperience
- press “Save” and go to the “Lecture / Passwort”-Tab
- Alongside the server and client-adress your Administrator might have given you a “Token” or the login credentials, if not you might be able to generate your own by visiting httb://somewebsite.com/admin.php.
- If you where given a Token (a 30-60 character cryptical phrase), select “Redeem Token” and enter the token in the appearing field. Press OK, and if all went well, you should see a success-message.
- If you were given your user credentials in clear format, click on “manually add Lecture-Id” and place your username and password in the corresponding field. NOTE: you will not get a confirmation- or errormessage if you entered it successfully or erroneous.
- If you weren’t given any information you can either contact your eLearning-Admin or try to create your own Lecture-ID by visiting httb://somewebsite.com/admin.php. Here you can choose your own Lecture-ID and Password. Keep in mind that a shorter Lecture-ID is easier to enter on a mobile device than a long one. So if your Lecture name is “Intro to Stuff 2012″ you should consider using “its12″ as Lecture-ID, or “stuff12″. Enter a Password you like. NOTE: Passwords are currently transmitted in cleartext, so rather choose a random password. (This will change in future releases, due to the obvious security flaw). Enter your name and click on “Create”. You should get a Successmessage and a Token. For info on how to use this token read 6.1 above. If you get an errormessage there can be several reasons, you can try choosing another lecture-id name for example, or simply bug your eLearning-Administrator
- Press “Save and Close” – We’re done here, for now.
Creating a Questionset
To create a Questionset you will need to launch the Question-Generator located in the lower left corner of the Mainscreen, depicted by a blue-and-white questionmark.
Follow these steps to create your own first Questionset:
- Click on the “+” sign on the upper left side. It will add a new Question to the list.
- Select the Question “Q1″ and the right side of the window will become available
- Type in a Questiontext
- Type in Answeroptions A and B. If you need more than two answers, you can simply activate Answer C by pressing the red button next to the field. By doing so the field will become available and the button will turn green. To activate a later Answer, all previous answers must be activated first. Same goes for deactivating Answers.
- If your Question has a correct Answer you can tell the program, by selecting the Radiobutton which is left of the correct answer. If not just leave the “No correct answer” Radiobutton selected
- Let’s say you want your students to be able only to vote within a timelimit of 30seconds, then you need to put in the digits “30″ in the duration field. By doing so the Voting will automatically stop exactly 30seconds after you started it (you can still manually stop it). If you don’t need or want a timer, just leave the field blank. But you will have to stop votings manually.
- By clicking on the Question- or Answer-Font fields, you can select the Font of either the Questiontext or the Answertexts. This could be handy if you want to use WingDings Symbols as Answers. Otherwise it will allways use the system default font (Times New Roman on Windows, Lucida Grande on Mac)
You can now redo steps 1 through 7 to add more Questions to the current Questionset or you can save it to the harddrive.
To do this you will need to:
- Press the save button and a new Window pops up asking for a title of your Questionset.
- Place a title inside the Title-Field
- If you haven’t used StuReSy before you will need to create a new “Lecture-Folder” by pressing the “+”-Button on the lower left handside. You can group all Questionsets which take place in the same lecture inside the same Lecture-Folder. Choose a name you like, for example “Intro to Stuff 2012″.
- Select a lecture folder to assign this questionset to.
- press Save and you’re done.
you have successfully created your first questionset and can simply close the Question Generator, or start a new questionset by pressing the “New” Button in the lower left corner.
Starting a Vote
If you have successfully completed the 2 previous steps we can now advance to the fun part – the actual voting.
- Click on the “Voting” Button in the Mainscreen.
- Select a Lecture-ID from the dropdown menu on the top, the first entry “No Lecture-ID” is used when there is no onlinevoting. But you should select the Lecture-ID you just created/entered, possibly “its12″.
- Select a Lecture from the left list, and the corresponding Questionset from the right list and press on “Load” (The other two buttons will be discussed later on)
- Maximize the Window. (Personally I prefer a fullscreen experience, but thats up to you)
- Now you will see the first Question from your Questionset in the middle, if the text doesn’t fit on the screen, right klick it and select “Smaller”. If theres still room on the screen, you can select “Bigger”. (There is currently no Line-Wrapping or auto-stretch functions, this is still a prototype, but such functions are on the todo-list)
- Show the QR-Code by pressing the Zebra-Striped-Button. Your students will now be able to use their QR-Reader-apps to get to the correct website. Click on the Image to hide the Code. You should also encourage students to bookmark this page, so the “QR-Image-showing-time” can be reduced over the next couple of weeks.
- Press the Start-Button (the black circle with the white triangle)
- Wait for the timer to run out, or manually count seconds and watch as the Votecount in the lower right corner increases.
- Press the Stop-Button
- Press the Barchart-button and you will see a yellow-only colored barchart. This gives you an opportunity to discuss the outcome prior to showing the correct answer.
- Press the green-checkmark-button to show the correct answer in green and all the wrong answers in red. (you can toggle between yellow-only and green-red mode)
- Press the Barchart-button again to hide the barchart.
- Press the Right-Arrow to go to the next Question.
Repeat steps 5 to 13
Just close the window, when you’re done. It will automatically save the voting-results for later analysis.
Analysing a previous voting outcome
To analyze a previous outcome you will need to use the “Voting-Analysis” feature as follows:
- Select “Voting-Analysis”
- Select the Lecture from the left list and questionset from the right list (Only Questionsets with voting-results will be displayed)
- Inspect the Barchart diagram. Right click it and select “Save as…” to export it to a picture-file.
- Inspect the Votes-Over-Time diagram, which shows in which intervals votes were placed. Right click it and select “Save as…” to export it to a picture-file.
- On the bottom is the raw voting data, which can be exported to a Comma-Seperated-Value-File, which can be imported by Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc, where you can create your own Diagrams using the Data. The Rows can also be sorted by clicking on the tableheader.
- Use the Arrow-Buttons on the top to navigate between the answers.
- Just close the window when you’re done.