Socrative

Learning Systems Staff

Faculty Drop-In Center

Located in Haggard Hall 154

Hours:

  • Monday: 3 to 4:30 pm
  • Thursday: 10:00 to 11:30 am
  • Or by appointment

Canvas Technical Issues

CanvasHelp@wwu.edu 
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Chris.Powell@wwu.edu 
360-650-4159

Instructional Design Help

Kevin.Dixey@wwu.edu 
360-650-7225
Justina.Brown@wwu.edu
360-650-7210

Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment

Justina.Brown@wwu.edu
360-650-7210

SEE ALSO:
Teaching Handbook
Innovative Teaching Showcase
Blended/Online Learning Workshops
Faculty Summer Grant

Socrative Pro: Student Response System

Socrative Pro is an easy, web- or app-based tool that provides instructors with strategies for posing questions and challenges to students and displaying student responses on the instructor's screen in real-time. Students can use any web-enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop (also available via check-out).

Socrative Pro benefits include:

  • FREE for students & instructors (ATUS will pay for "Pro" accounts for instructor license for 1 year.)
  • CAPACITY of 150 students per activity (free version is limited to 50)
  • ROSTER CAPABLE: Allows for activities that are limited to your student roster.

Socrative can be used "live" or online using several formats:

  • Quizzes - Set as either anonymous or to require name/ID; multiple choice, true/false or short answer
  • On the Fly Questions - Start an exit ticket, multiple choice, true/false or short answer item with no advance prep work.
  • Team Challenges - Use the "Space Race" option for team-based activities.

What's it good for?

Instructors can poll students anonymously about topics relevant to the discussion, gauge student learning via mini quizzes, complement discussions with active learning approaches, quickly execute exit tickets, and much more. Each activity generates a report that can be opened in Excel. Contact Learning Systems staff to discuss ideas or learn the basics.

What are the limitations?

  • Lack of Aggregate Report: Socrative does not generate an aggregate report showing all activities on one report. We have created an Excel solution that may be able to be customized for you. While Socrative Pro can be used to record attendance, this is not its best use due to this limitation depending on how often you use it with how many students.
  • Lack of Canvas Integration: Socrative is currently not integrated with Canvas.
  • Lack of Slides Integration: Socrative does not integrate directly into PowerPoint slides. Note that it can easily be run at the same time.
  • 150-participant Limit: This product simply does not meet the needs of some of our largest courses; however, there are some strategies that may work for some. We may be able to direct you to another product as well.

How to Get Started

ATUS will pay for a limited number of Pro accounts for instructors.

  1. Create a “free” higher ed instructor account using your WWU email address, preferably using username@wwu.edu.
  2. Request an upgrade to "Socrative Pro" by setting up a brief appointment with Learning Systems staff.
  3. Meet with Learning Systems staff to get the upgrade, discuss ideas, and learn the basics.

Tutorials

Instructional Strategies for Using Response Systems

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should I consult with about my ideas for using Socrative?​

  • What is the difference between Socrative and Socrative Pro?

  • How do I get a one-year Socrative Pro license for free via WWU?​

  • Do my students need an account?

    • No account is needed for students and students are never asked to pay for anything. Students access your activities via the "room number" that you create.

  • What happens to my license (and materials) after the year ends?

    • It can either be renewed or accessed via a regular/free account. Renewals may be at instructor cost if Western does not continue paying for licenses. Current licenses are valid from 9/1/18-8/31/19.

  • If I have a class smaller than 50 students should I just use the Socrative Free product? How?

  • If my class is bigger than 150, am I out of luck? 

    • Not necessarily. In the Pro version, you can use two Socrative spaces, called "rooms" at the same time; each is limited to 150.

    • Only rostered (private) rooms have a hard limit of 150. For public rooms, you can go over a bit but it isn't recommended. See: Using Multiple Rooms in Socrative Pro - video (30 sec.)

  • How can I limit a Socrative activity to only my students? ​

    • The Pro version supports "private" rooms that require students to enter their Student ID. Instructors set this up by downloading their student list from Canvas or Banner and uploading the list as a "roster" to Socrative. Once a room has a roster attached, activities require the student ID and cannot be anonymous. For anonymous activities, the instructor and students can switch to a different room to run/access the activity without the ID. Either way, the instructor should click "finish" to complete an activity and prevent further access.

  • How do I connect my student roster to a Socrative quiz/poll?​

  • What are the system requirements for Socrative?
  • Can I use Socrative with PowerPoint?

    • While it does not integrate onto PowerPoint slides, it can be used at the same time.

  • See the full Socrative Help Center and Frequently Asked Questions.

Background and Pilot Study

Based upon three pilot studies, ATUS is now purchasing Socrative Pro licenses for faculty, upon request, through August 2019.

Phase 1 Study results - Spring 2016: ATUS learned that a Bring-Your-Own-Device model for Student Response Systems is viable. Nearly 90% of our students own and are willing to use their own device for these interactions. In the 10% of cases where students did not own a device, we found that the students were resourceful in borrowing a device.

Phase 2 Study results - Fall 2016: ATUS learned that cost-to-student and ease-of-use were the primary concerns by both faculty and students. Several systems were evaluated that included the basic features desired by faculty. While the various systems offer a variety of licensing options, funding an enterprise solution is not currently feasible.

Phase 3 Study results - 2017-18: ATUS learned that while the product isn't universally loved by all (see limitations above), it is loved and certainly liked by most! It continues to be a cost effective and easy way for instructors to engage with students in class. We will still continue to evaluate this product, as well as others, to best meet the need.

Socrative Instructions for Students

  1. Go to http://www.socrative.com/
  2. Click “Student Login.”
  3. Enter the instructor's room number and wait for the activity to begin.