Using Vevox for Q&A

You may be familiar with Vevox as an in-class polling tool, but you may be less familiar with its utility for conducting Q&A in both online and face-to-face sessions.

Benefits of using Vevox Q&A

  • Allows for and encourages interactive engagement between session / class host and student participants.
  • Perfect for creating topical ‘sub conversations’ which in-turn helps to reinforce collective learning.
  • Unlike the chat panel in Collaborate or Teams, the Vevox Q&A panel is anonymous. This puts everybody on a ‘level playing field’ and empowers even the quietest person in the room to have a voice and ask questions.
  •  Great resource for consolidating questions and interactivity coming in from multiple audiences  (online / remote & physical audience).
  • Moderated Q&A allows the host presenter / lecturer to easily control the flow of questions and decide what questions to publish.
  • Q&A can be left open indefinitely to allow participants to post into the Q&A board, even if the session is not being presented live.
  • Can also be a highly effective tool when conducting a group work exercise.

How to get started

First, check that the Q&A panel is visible on your Vevox home screen. If you do not see this, go to the settings and you will see an option to switch the Q&A panel on. Then, using the Q&A panel is like any other Vevox session, generating a code for students to enter on their personal devices in order to participate.


  • Moderation is a powerful tool to use when appropriate and sometimes may be necessary depending on the situation.
  • Moderation provides your Q&A with an extra layer of ‘Quality Control’ as submitted questions must first be reviewed & published before appearing on the Q&A board.
  • It gives much more control to the host and works particularly well in a ‘co-hosted’ environment.
  • Moderation can be toggled on/off at any time during a session (see below).
  • All moderated questions still appear in the data report
  • If using Moderation, you also have the ability to share a ‘Moderation Link’ with external users (does not require a Vevox License).
  • Important Note: Even if Moderation is not switched on, Questions can still be actively hidden on demand.

As we all know, the majority of teaching is carried out by one person without a moderator to keep on top of the questions being asked. One way around this is to structure your teaching into sections, moderating and dealing with questions after each section.

Case Study

Below, Dr Christina Stanley at the University of Chester explains why she favours using the Vevox Q&A panel over the chat panels in the VLE or in Teams.

“I found that when asking questions in live Teams sessions, students just weren’t responding, either vocally or by using the chat, so I tried using Vevox (the Q&A board) instead. Suddenly, responses flooded in; from having no responses at all in the chat, I instantly had about half the class responding using Vevox. Student feedback indicates that many prefer to ask/answer questions using Vevox due to the anonymity it allows them. This is especially important for those students who suffer from anxiety, or just lack confidence. Vevox is therefore a powerful tool for ensuring our online teaching is both engaging and inclusive.”

Dr Christina Stanley
Senior Lecturer
Dept of Biological Sciences
University of Chester

If you have any queries about using Vevox, including the Q&A panel, please contact us at 

Vevox mini workshops

Have you used Vevox yet in your teaching? It\’s a fantastic online polling software that really boosts student engagement and interaction.

We will be collaborating with the Vevox team to provide two 30-minute mini-workshops, which will take place online.

One of these sessions is intended to look at and discuss the Q&A board within Vevox and some of its more advanced features, while the other is a ‘Brunch And Learn’ session, which is set to include some information around past and upcoming release features, as well as guest presentations from two University colleagues, Amy Cherry and Rob Herbert, around how they use the platform in their teaching methodologies and their own personal experiences with the product.

Please see full details and registration links for the two sessions below:

Utilising Vevox Q&A  (Wednesday 30th March: 14:00  – 14:30)

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Brunch & Learn (Friday 1st April: 12:30 – 13:00)

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TEL Workshops and Facilitated Discussions

Between now and the end of March, we will be running a series of online workshops to help staff get to grips with a range of learning technologies.  In addition to our familiar sessions, we will also be running five facilitated discussions covering topics such as moving tuition online, student engagement and best practice using PebblePad. Staff will have the opportunity to share their experiences and learn new approaches from colleagues, guided by members of the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit.


Blackboard Made Simple  25th January, 10.15 – 11.15 
Collaborate Virtual Classroom  27th January, 10:15  11:15am 
Using Tests and Surveys in Blackboard  3rd February, 10.15 – 11.30 
Blackboard Accessibility and Ally  5th February, 10.15  11.30 
Facilitated discussion – moving to online teaching: what works?  8th February, 11.15  12.15 
Camtasia  10th February, 10.15 – 11.30 
Using Blackboard for Blended and Mobile Learning  12th February, 10.15  11.30 
Recording from your Desktop using Panopto  17th February, 10.15  11.30 
Vevox Polling Software  19th February, 10.15  1130 
Facilitated discussion: Good practice with PebblePad  3rd March, 10.15  11.30 
Assessing student presentations online using Collaborate and Panopto  11th March, 10.15  11.30 
Facilitated discussion: approaches to online assessment 17th March, 10.15  11.15 
Facilitated discussion: recording teaching sessions tips and tricks  25th March, 10.15  11.15 

If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, please sign up via the Staff Development Workshops pages on the staff portal.

Tel Me More – Panopto for Beginners

On Wednesday 16th December, the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be hosting our annual ‘TEL’ Me More Seminar. We have been providing more information about the topics that will be covered – see links to the other topics at the bottom of this post.

The final presentation is from Bill Davies, Head of the School of Law, covering the use of Panopto for recording and sharing lectures and other video content.

Panopto for beginners – by a beginner

Bill Davies

This presentation is designed to share experiences of the use of Panopto to support blended learning in Law over the last 3 months.  The session will compare the relative advantages of Panopto with Collaborate and other systems of electronic delivery and discuss experiences of using them simultaneously.

If you are interested in finding out more, you can sign up to attend TEL Me More via the Staff Development Workshops pages. There are now very few spaces available.

You can see details of the other presentations at TEL Me more on the previous posts in this series:

TEL Me More – Vevox Polling for Interactivity and Feedback

On Wednesday 16th December, the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be hosting our annual ‘TEL’ Me More Seminar. Over the coming days we will provide more information about the topics that will be covered.

In the next presentation, Dr Des McDougall, Principal Lecturer of Physical Geography in the School of Science and the Environment, will discuss his use of the polling software Vevox in his teaching.

Using Vevox to promote interactivity and obtain feedback during classes

Dr Des McDougall

The Vevox add-in* for PowerPoint provides a seamless and effective means of engaging with an entire class, whether face-to-face or online. Live polling can be used to test understanding (via multiple choice, open text, numeric, and star rating questions), with the results presented in the following slide – if desired. It also has a free text function, useful for more complex questions as well as obtaining feedback. As such, Vevox is presented here as a valuable addition to the lecturers’ toolkit. What sets it apart from other, more traditional approaches (e.g. informal Q&A) is its more inclusive nature; everyone can participate, as long as they have access to an internet-connected device.

* The Vevox add-in is currently only available for Windows. Those without access to the add-in can still use Vevox within a browser.

If you are interested in finding out more, you can sign up to attend TEL Me More via the Staff Development Workshops pages.

Technology Enhanced Learning Support Sessions for Academics

Following the government announcement that Universities should move to online teaching by 9th December, we thought it would be a good time to reinstate the TEL drop-in sessions for academic staff via Collaborate.

 We know that it can be daunting moving your tuition online and sometimes it’s not always clear where to begin, or how to effectively adapt your materials for online delivery so that your students still get the most out of your sessions.

That’s why the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be offering drop-in sessions over the next four weeks for academics to pop in and speak to us. We’ll be there to listen to your requirements and help you bounce ideas around for moving your sessions online successfully. We’ll be able to offer suggestions on various tools that you can use to achieve your learning objectives and offer expertise on how to adapt your existing face to face sessions so that they run smoothly when you come to delivering them online.

Sessions will run from 10am-11am every Tuesday and Thursday, with the first taking place on Tuesday 24th November and the final session on Thursday 17th December. There\’s no need to book. Just click on the link below to access the sessions:

Join Drop-in Session

As ever, make sure that you are using either Chrome or Firefox to join.

Save the Date! – ‘TEL’ Me More Seminar

On Wednesday 16th December, the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be hosting their annual ‘TEL’ Me More Seminar.

The event, which was originally planned for March, will be fully online and colleagues from across the University will be showcasing their use of technology as part of their learning and teaching.

With the current environment, online teaching has grown significantly over the past several months and this event will provide a fantastic opportunity to network with colleagues from different areas of academia, generate ideas and learn new skills, which you can take forward in to your own learning and teaching.

To secure your place, sign up via the ‘Staff Development Workshops’ page.

Full programme details will be released shortly.

Are you interested in presenting at the seminar? We currently have one slot available. If you would like to present (no more than 10 minutes), please email with a short summary of your presentation.

TEL November Workshops

Following the fantastic response to our September workshops, we will be running another series of online training sessions throughout November.

All sessions run from 10:15 to 11:15 and will take place online via Collaborate. Guest links will be emailed to the attendees before the session.

  • Thursday 5th November – Using tests and surveys in Blackboard
  • Monday 9th November – Recording from your desktop using Panopto
  • Tuesday 10th November – Blackboard accessibility and Ally
  • Wednesday 11th November – Camtasia
  • Tuesday 17th November – Collaborate Virtual Classroom
  • Thursday 19th November – Vevox polling software
  • Tuesday 24th November – Using Blackboard for blended and mobile learning
  • Thursday 26th November – Assessing Student Presentations online using Collaborate and Panopto

If you are interested in attending, please sign up via the Staff Development Workshops pages on the Staff Portal. Places are set at 20 but, if overbooked (within reason), will likely be extended to include the waiting list.