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Technology in the Classroom (TIC) Grant

As part of the University Strategic Plan, the TIC grant program aims to broaden, diversify, and enrich Villanova’s portfolio of instructional technologies, particularly technologies that have been designed to enhance student engagement and support formative feedback/assessment. The grant targets two instructional technology tools: (1) Poll Everywhere and (2) Perusall. 

The grant expectation is that funded faculty will purposefully implement and assess the tool's effectiveness during the AY 2022-2023. 

Link to faculty piloting Poll Everywhere 
Link to faculty piloting Perusall 

Training Recordings:

  • Link to Perusall Training, 6/29 (Access Passcode: @vJEDH0j).  
  • Link to Poll Everywhere Training, 6/23

Poll Everywhere is a web-based application for audience participation that allows faculty to gather feedback from students in the instructional setting (in-person, hybrid, online) by embedding polls, questions, and competitions into presentations. Poll Everywhere (PE)  is an easy-to-use online tool that allows users to gather feedback and other data from their audience. With the ability to create custom polls and surveys, which can be answered by the audience via text messages or web, PE facilitates audience engagement and participation.

Teaching with Poll Everywhere: Suggestions (PDF)
Add PE to Blackboard Course and Sync Roster (PDF)

Types of Polls

Poll Everywhere has four different types of polls available for use:

  • Multiple-choice polls allow students to choose an answer from a list of responses options (e.g. True/False, A, B, or C).  You can also upload images to serve as response options.
  • Word cloud displays audience responses as a dynamic word cloud. 
  • Q&A allow students to submit responses; students can anonymously agree or disagree with other responses by upvoting or downvoting.
  • Clickable image polls allow students to click on an image to vote (e.g. click on the state where you attended college). 
  • Survey provides for asynchronous responses to PE questions.
  • Open-ended polls allow student to submit free text responses to the polls.  Open-ended poll responses can be displayed as text wall, word cloud, cluster, or spotlight. Faculty may choose to use Moderation to manage which responses are shown publicly.
  • Competition allows the instructor to create a series of questions, then let participants compete to answer fastest.



Perusall is a FERPA-compliant social annotation tool that allows students and faculty to interact with reading materials in a style akin to social media posting. Instead of reading a document and engaging with it via a separate asynchronous discussion board post, Perusall brings the discussion to the text. The tool allows faculty to upload their own content and/or adopt a course textbook through the platform. After making assigned materials available in the platform, students and faculty can comment, highlight, share notes, and create threaded discussions directly within the shared text. It offers:

  • auto-grading
  • access to a number of publisher texts (with student-paid fees) found in a searchable database
  • the ability for students to “upvote” peer annotations

Teaching with Perusall: Suggestions (PDF)
Using Perusall: What Has Worked for Me with Dr. Eliza Gettel, Assistant Professor of History, September 2022 (video) - with permission (15:55)
Dr. Gettel demonstrates how she has used Perusall in her instruction, outlines her equitable grading process, and focuses on creating a learning community.  
Link to transcript.

Special Notes regarding Perusall:

The integration of Perusall to Blackboard hasn’t been completed yet and we don’t know when the Perusall integration with LMS will be approved.  We hope it may be soon but it’s not certain. You will receive email communication once integration has been approved. When you create your course, please select “for students to access directly at” NOT “integrated with my institution’s LMS.” That is, you set up the course as a stand alone (not integrated into LMS) and get started with adding materials to the library. 

When the LMS integration is ready, you can then create a brand-new course associated with the LMS course. You would enable the integration> launch the perusall link> and it will create a brand new course associated with the LMS course.  Then go into the Perusall course library>and select to copy over materials from the original course into this LMS integrated one and all materials/ settings/ instructor comments will copy over. Please refer to the attached instruction documents.

If a course has started, and students are actively working in the stand alone, please keep the course as is (do not use LMS integration) because the students’ grades and annotation will not copy over. 



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