Mentimeter is a web-based polling tool, that allows you to gather reponses from students to engage them in their learning. It can be used synchronously, during lectures or other teaching activities. It can also be used asynchronously, between in-person sessions. You can read more about polling in our overview guidance page.
Using PowerPoint to present lecture slides, interspersed with polling questions, is quite common. While it will be possible to add Mentimeter question slides to PowerPoint using an add-in (see the FAQ below for more detail), we recommend a slightly different approach.
A recommended approach to using Mentimeter Polling
Before your session
- Create your PowerPoint presentation.
- Upload this to Moodle before your session, for your students to access.
- Create your Mentimeter question slides. If you intend to use polling frequently, it will be helpful to create folders in Mentimeter to organise your questions/presentations. You can add an instruction slide so students know what to do to access the polling questions.
- If useful for you, add a placeholder slide to your PowerPoint presentation for each polling question you will use. Alternatively, add some text or a graphic to a slide as a reminder to pause and ask a question.
During your session
- At the start of your teaching session:
- log in to Mentimeter, open your presentation (that contains the list of question slides you need) and click Present
- From the Start menu, open your PowerPoint presentation and run it,
- inform your students that during the course of the session you will ask them to visit www.menti.com on their internet-enabled device (PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone) in order to answer polling questions.
- When you reach a point in your presentation where you want to pose a polling question, switch to the web browser. On the GTA room PCs, this is done using ALT+tab on the keyboard.
- The first time students need to respond to a question, they should enter the relevant code displayed at the top of the question slide, via www.menti.com.
- Use the toolbar at the bottom of the Mentimeter slide to manage your polling question.
- When finished, return to the PowerPoint presentation using ALT+tab again.
- You can repeat steps 6-9 until you have completed your presentation.
After your session
- The results from your polls will be stored in Mentimeter to refer to later.
- Engaging learners
- Assessment and feedback
Create a Mentimeter Presentation
Access the Mentimeter Helpdesk
For advice on using Mentimeter to enhance learning, teaching and assessment contact the TEL team: email@example.com
Preparing to use a new tool
Unfortunately, it is not possible to transfer question slides from one system to another. Instead, the transition process, from using TurningPoint to Mentimeter, will generally involve the following steps:
- From your PowerPoint presentations, copy and paste question and answer text (from the TurningPoint question slides) into new Mentimeter question slides. This could be a useful point to reflect on the questions you have previously used and consider whether they need updating.
- Following step 1, remove (or hide) slides from your PowerPoint presentations that include those TurningPoint questions.
- When presenting from PowerPoint, add a placeholder slide or text as a reminder to pause and switch to Mentimeter to ask a question.
To recreate questions in new Mentimeter slides
- Open the original PowerPoint file and be prepared to copy and paste the relevant question text and answers. If you prefer, you can save your PowerPoint file to Word to make copy and paste easier. You can do this from PowerPoint by selecting Export > Create Handouts > Outline only.
- Log in to Mentimeter. Click the ‘New presentation’ button and give it a suitable name.
- For Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), select ‘Multiple Choice’ from the ‘Slide type’ menu. Copy the question text from your PowerPoint presentation and paste into the ‘Your question’ box.
- Copy all answers text from your PowerPoint presentation and paste into the ‘Option 1’ box. Answers will be copied into the relevant option boxes for you.
- If you have included images in your original PowerPoint, right click and choose ‘Save image as’ and store the file somewhere sensible. In Mentimeter, you can then upload the image to the relevant area.
- In your Mentimeter slide you can amend various options in the ‘Extras’ section, such as showing the correct answer, or allowing multiple responses. You can also choose the ‘Customise’ tab for more options, as well as review the overall ‘Settings’.
- You can add a ‘New slide’ for each question you want to recreate.
Note: it might be possible that some staff have created their polling questions directly in TurningPoint using question lists, either in the software app or in the web version. See the FAQs below for advice.