CoverUnit 1. About this bookFour reasons not to require students to be on webcam all the timeQuick resources about pedagogy and technology that may be helpful to shareForewordAcknowledgementsUnit 2. Examples of whole-class activitiesCreating a mindful learning environment using Adobe ConnectCreating community agreements collaboratively with online students: Reasons, anti-racist considerations, and logistics in Adobe ConnectThe use of a large chat pod to encourage chat participation about particular questionsUsing large slides and a smaller chat pod to focus attention on mini-lecture contentCreating opportunities for student voice in online classes by using polls for feedbackUsing polls to guide class check-in timeUsing a poll and a second chat pod to wrap up the class sessionAdobe Connect status icons: A useful feature to increase engagement Bringing all students onto webcam together for special circumstances: Using a large video podUsing PowerPoint portrait-oriented slides to maximize content sharingGroup presentations in Adobe Connect: Using an extra wide video pod and dedicated second chat pod for Q&ALive drawing using a second webcamUsing a large webcam pod and large chat in a panel view layout: How to create a custom virtual stage for successful guest speaker presentationsDedicated chat pods for simulated client role play video exercise in an online skills-based lab“Good point. I agree.”: Challenging students to create “thoughtful contributions” in classA Moment of Action: Opening an inclusive, engaged, and trauma-informed classroomIn-class breaks: The importance of taking a break during online classes and considerations for break activitiesCommunity-building in Adobe Connect: Using layouts and different pods to facilitate games and icebreaker activities Building online class community through photos and storytelling“Student Spotlight” Activity: Cultivating an Empathetic Online CommunityUsing emojis in Adobe Connect to encourage student engagement AHA moments: Connecting online course content to field educationUsing layouts to facilitate guided mindfulness, meditation, and yoga in Adobe Connect classroomsMindfulness and the engaged online classroomChair yoga in the online classroom Using PhotoVoice as a teaching tool in the Adobe Connect classroomUsing a creative award presentation to review semester content and leave a lasting impactCreating a virtual quilt: A final class activity/toolUnit 3. Examples of small-group breakout activities and debriefsEnriching classroom discussions with breakout roomsEnhancing student engagement in the 10-minute breakout activity: Pre-assigning groups and rolesShowing note pods from breakout groups in one layout to debrief or monitor progress of a breakout conversation: Using a birds eye view setupKWL charts: How to implement this teaching technique in the Adobe Connect online classroom Breakout exercise for collective syllabus annotation in Adobe ConnectConcept mapping: Bringing Universal Design for Learning to the Adobe Connect classroomAn example of using the whiteboard for small breakout groups in Adobe Connect: “Draw Poverty”Scripted role play in Adobe Connect: Practicing clinical skills in an online classroomDimensions of self care: Exploring clinical issues for social workers in an online classroomThe use of polls to facilitate post-role play exercise debriefing discussions in an online skills labEnding a course with gratitude: A unique and memorable activity acknowledging student contributions to the class communityAppendixAuthor biosAdditional resources about online education from our authors
Designing Engaging and Interactive Synchronous Online Class Sessions

Using a poll and a second chat pod to wrap up the class session

Short description

The use of a poll and a second chat pod to end a class session promotes student reflection on the material and connection of course content to social work practice. This chapter will discuss ways to utilize the chat and poll pods to wrap up and reflect on a live class session.

Teaching & learning goal

My goals for using polls and chats to end a class session include:

Activity and results

At the end of a long class session, students and instructors may feel tired and overwhelmed by the material covered over the last hour or three. It is tempting to sign off and move on with one’s day without processing the class content or reflecting on lessons learned. The primary chat pod is often filled with goodbyes while students log out of the classroom.

However, it's helpful to build in time to process and reflect. The pedagogical practice of utilizing different avenues for learning and engagement with the material is standard in the online classroom. In this example, I ask students to reflect on the class content in two separate pods: one short-answer poll and one unique chat pod, used to distinguish the reflections from the comments and questions posted in the primary chat pod.

The polling function in Adobe Connect is semi-anonymous, meaning that if the poll results are broadcast, the student names attached to each answer are not visible in the classroom setting (they are recorded and available to faculty via the back-end reporting tool). The chat pod, on the other hand, displays student names as they respond to prompts. Instructors may prefer to make some reflection questions semi-anonymous by using polls and others “public” within the classroom setting by using chat pods.

It is common for instructors to repeat the same questions at the close of each class session, such as “What is your key takeaway from this class?”, which turns the process of reflection into a routine one for students who know they will be expected to share their thoughts at the end of each class. This practice deepens their engagement with the content and provides an opportunity for giving feedback on what lessons were most powerful or memorable for them.

It is also common to ask students to connect lessons learned in the class session to their work outside the classroom. In this example, I ask “What’s one idea you heard today that you’re excited to implement in your social work practice?” This allows students to imagine how their professional development can be enhanced by classroom learning, and reflect more deeply on the tools that will be useful to them in the field.

Other questions that might be considered for closing out a live class session include:

Technical details and steps

Before class:

Step 1: I create a “Wrap up” layout in Adobe Connect to use in the final minutes of the live class session (Image 1). The layout includes the video pod, attendees pod, regular chat pod, and a share pod with slides. I make the share pod small enough to include space for the poll pod and second chat pod side by side.

Step 2: I include a slide in my slide deck that contains the text “Final Thoughts” and the two questions that will be posed to students.

Step 3: I set up a poll using the “short answer” question type, then type in the question “What is your key takeaway from this week’s class?”

Step 4: I type a question into the new chat pod after changing my chat color in the “Pod Options” menu to green: “What’s one idea you heard today that you’re excited to implement in your social work practice?”

During class:

Step 1: Five minutes before the class end time, I display the “Final Thoughts” slide and remind students that there will be two reflection questions as displayed on the slide.

Step 2: I then move to the Wrap up layout, open the poll, and read both reflection questions aloud to students.

Step 3: As responses come in, I broadcast the poll results and read aloud the responses to both questions. Ideally, there would be time to review all responses before the official class end time.

After class:

Step 1: I again review the closing reflections and add them to a slide to share at the start of class the following week, reminding students of their takeaways and ideas.

What this looked like in Adobe Connect

Image 1: A “wrap up” layout in an Adobe Connect classroom displaying the video pod with this chapter’s author on webcam, attendees pod, chat pod, and “Final Thoughts” slide next to a short-answer poll and final chat question. Adobe product screenshot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe.

Image 1 Alt-Text: This is a screengrab of an Adobe Connect classroom. In the upper left corner, there is a Video pod that shows the instructor and underneath that, there is a narrow Attendees pod that stretches from just under the Video pod to the bottom of the layout. In the center, there is a Share pod that shows a slide titled “Final Thoughts.” It includes the two closing questions that are in the Poll and Chat pods. To the right of the slide there is a Poll pod that asks “What is your key takeaway from this week’s class?” To the right of the Poll pod is a Chat pod that prompts students with the question “What’s one idea you heard today that you’re excited to implement in your social work practice?” Below the slide, poll pod, and chat pod, is another chat pod, referred to in this chapter as the primary chat pod, that would have been present for the entirety of the class session. It has a message that says “Thank you for your participation today!”


I am grateful to the CSSW Online Campus team for the opportunity to contribute to this book, and in particular to Matthea Marquart whose Pedagogy Institute class sessions guided the creation of this chapter.

Suggested Citation

(2022). Using a poll and a second chat pod to wrap up the class session. In , , , & (Eds.), Designing Engaging and Interactive Synchronous Online Class Sessions: Using Adobe Connect to Maximize its Pedagogical Value. EdTech Books.

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