You can use Mentimeter to create lectures and presentations interactively and, among other things, ask questions or receive feedback in real time. For this purpose, you have a variety of question types at hand, which you can create directly in your browser using an online editor. Students can access the presentation by entering an access code via an app on their mobile device, via a website, via a QR code or via a link. During a lecture or tutorial session in the lecture hall, Mentimeter facilitates communication with your students as they can ask or answer questions, post comments, and participate in polls. After the Mentimeter presentation is finished, all results can be downloaded for further analysis and be shared as well.
Do you already have an existing Mentimeter account that you created for your TU Wien address?
- If so, you can transfer your existing account to the TU Wien Mentimeter license to take advantage of the benefits of the TU Wien Mentimeter license. To do so, follow the ordering process in the TU.it Shop.
- If you do not have an existing Mentimeter account and would like to use Mentimeter in your lecture, you can order the product in the TU.it Shop.
Order process in the TU.it, opens an external URL in a new window store
The TU.it, opens an external URL in a new window store can be accessed either directly from the TU Wien network or from outside via a VPN connection. The following information is necessary for the login:
- URL: https://shop.tusoftware.tuwien.ac.at:8888/get-url?srv=SRV00331
- Username: intern\user or user@intern
- Password: upTUdate Password
- Order possible only for employees of the TU Wien (not for students)
After you have successfully registered, you can search for and select the desired service in the catalog. The Mentimeter license can be ordered once per employee and is individually tailored and bound to the recipient. Add the product to the shopping cart. You will be asked to select the commercial decision maker when ordering. If there is only one decision maker in your organizational unit, the form will fill itself out. If no commercial decision maker can be selected, please contact your organizational manager to submit the orders. Complete the ordering process by clicking the "Place Order" button. Please note that it can take up to one hour after provisioning in the TU.it, opens an external URL in a new window store until the access is active and ready for use at Mentimeter.
Once your access to Mentimeter has been activated, you can log in to the web page https://mentimeter.com, opens an external URL in a new window. To do so, please click on "Log in" in the upper right corner and then on "Log in with SSO". Enter "TU Wien" as "workspace name" and use your generic e-mail address and your upTUdate password. If you have activated multifactor authentication, please follow the prompts.
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In Mentimeter you can either design your presentations completely by yourself or use an already available template.
Via the button "+ New presentation" you can start a new presentation. Select either a blank slide or a template and click "+ New slide" to create a new slide.
On the left side you can select the desired question type and then edit the content on the right side. You can create multiple slides with different question types and also add slides with content slides. If you want students to be able to access the survey later via a QR code, this option must be activated in the "Slide settings".
Four popular question types
Mentimeter provides you with a variety of question types. Four popular types are:
- Multiple Choice: This question type allows students to choose between multiple answer options. Multiple choice is particularly useful when you want to give participants the answer choices.
- Word Cloud: This question type allows students to enter words to create a word cloud. As students enter words, the word cloud expands in real time. Those words that are mentioned more often are visible larger on the dynamic slide to highlight their popularity.
- Ranking: This question type asks students to prioritize and rank given options. The ranking visible on the slide rearranges itself according to the students' prioritization.
- Q&A: allow students to ask questions and prioritize them with likes.
Add more elements
You can also add elements such as drum rolls or timers via "Add more".
Once the presentation is ready, it can be started by clicking the "Present" button in the upper right corner.
In presentation mode, instructors see the number of active students in the bottom right corner. The interaction can begin.
Students can participate in the following three ways:
- Entering a voting code at https://www.menti.com/
- Scanning a QR code
- Direct access via an access link
To download the QR code or copy the access link, click "Share" in the upper right corner.
The current question will appear on the student's screen, allowing them to enter an answer or select answer choices. Depending on the option selected, the slide change will be done by the instructor or student.
An example: The Q&A question type allows students to ask questions themselves and at the same time they can also like the questions that have already been asked by others.
Teachers get an overview of their current Mentimeter presentations on their dashboard under "My presentations". To access the voting results, click on the three dots to the right of the presentation title and select "View Results".
The voting results can then be viewed on an overview page:
- Number of questions (if allowed)
- Persons who have voted
- Results of the voting
This report can be downloaded as an Excel file or as a PDF.
It is possible to filter students' questions according to different criteria:
- only unanswered questions
- highly voted questions (thumb symbol)
- last questions
This is especially useful for large courses with many questions from the audience.
If you only want to retrieve or download the result of individual slides, this is also possible on the overview page.
Mentimeter enables quick and easy activation of students, especially in large lectures. It offers the following possibilities:
- Increase participation by reducing the inhibition threshold.
- Results are visible in real time
- Anonymous participation reduces fears of giving the wrong answer
Mentimeter can be used in a variety of ways in the teaching context. It is suitable both for questions about the content and for feedback on the lecture. It can also be used to collect questions from the plenary. Mentimeter can be used to create interactive presentations with different types of questions (word clouds, quizzes, polls, open questions...) that can be used both asynchronously and synchronously.
Think about why you want to use Mentimeter and what you want your students to know or learn through your presentation. Then plan your presentation format accordingly. The Digital Teaching and Learning team will be happy to advise you. The contact details can be found in the block on the right.
Synchronous application scenarios
With Mentimeter, voting can be conducted directly in the lecture hall to activate students and involve them in the course. Participation requires only a mobile device (e.g., smartphone, laptop) and Internet access. Mentimeter can be used instead of or as a supplement to a PowerPoint presentation.
- At the beginning of a course - e.g. "warm up", review of the last unit (quizzes), collecting questions, ...
- During a course - e.g. comprehension questions, peer instruction, reflection, collecting questions....
- At the end of a course - e.g. feedback on the course, collecting questions…
Asynchronous application scenarios:
The link to Mentimeter can be included directly in TUWEL and thus the Mentimeter presentation can also be accessed asynchronously. Mentimeter can be used here, for example, for voting, feedback on the course, or as preparation for the course. For example, students could vote in advance whether they would like more in-depth knowledge in certain areas and questions can be collected.
Notes on activation with digital tools:
In the E-Didactic Reference Book (EDIN, only german), opens an external URL in a new window you will find more information on how to activate and motivate students with the help of digital tools.
Before the presentation
- Use Mentimeter in moderation to maintain the attention-grabbing effect.
- Use questions in a didactically targeted way and consider how you will use the results further in your lecture.
- If you use open questions or questions from the audience, plan in advance, especially for large events, in which form the questions should be answered, what should be done with the answers or questions and whether any support is necessary. Also consider how you will respond to less constructive contributions or "joke answers".
At the beginning of the presentation
- Provide multiple ways for participants to access the activity, such as via the voting code, a link, or a QR code. For online meetings or webinars, you can also share the link directly via chat. Alternatively, you can provide the link via TUWEL. This is especially useful for live streams.
- Plan enough time to ensure that everyone can access the presentation.
- At the beginning of the presentation, an icebreaker is suitable to involve students in the presentation from the start and to demonstrate how Mentimeter works.
During the presentation
- Allow sufficient time: Give students enough time to answer the questions and take time to respond to the results. This is especially useful to provide feedback on incorrect answers and to address any difficulties in understanding.
- If you don't want the voting results to be visible in advance so that participants don't influence each other, you can also hide them and make them visible later (after the question ends or at the end of the presentation).
- If you allow questions from the audience, respond to them as much as possible. If you are short on time during the course, you can answer only the "upvoted" questions and make the answers to the rest of the questions available via TUWEL after the course, e.g. as a summary on a TUWEL text page. If you have a large audience, it is recommended to get support for moderating free text questions on Q&A slides and audience questions.
- For live streams or webinars, share the voting link for students via Zoom chat or TUWEL. This allows participants with a screen reader to access directly through the web browser.
- Read aloud the voting code and URL and describe what is on the screen using detailed descriptions of the images and flow of activities.
- It is recommended to provide alternative text for images to allow access for people with screen readers.
- Provide clear instructions on the slides on how to use each question (e.g., leaderboards).
In some cases it is useful to link Mentimeter directly to your TUWEL course:
- If students who participate in the lecture through the LectureTube Live Stream are also supposed to participate in the Mentimeter voting.
- When Mentimeter is used asynchronously, e.g. for feedback.
- When Mentimeter is used instead of a presentation.
Share Mentimeter presentation
- In your dashboard, click the three dots to the right of the presentation title and select "Share".
Enable voting through TUWEL
- Call up the "Participation" tab.
- Copy the link or the QR code and make it available in the TUWEL course, e.g. as a text page (guide), text and media area (guide), etc.
Please note that the link expires after a certain period of time (2, 7 or 14 days) and must be extended if necessary.
Displaying voting results and presentation via TUWEL
It is also possible to display the voting results directly in the TUWEL course. This can be done either through a link or an embed code.
- Call up the tab "Presentation Sharing". Copy the link or embed code by clicking on the "<> Embed live results" button.
- Now add the link or embed code to your TUWEL course. When embedding, switch to HTML mode in the TUWEL editor (<> button).
Note: In this section you will find links to the official Mentimeter documentation.
Getting started with Mentimeter
- Mentimeter Tutorial - Create your first Mentimeter presentation Link
- Sharing presentations - e.g. if you want to show the presentation to another person in advance for testing purposes. Link
- How do people vote in a Mentimeter presentation? Link
- Live Presentation or Remote Survey? Link
- Getting started with Mentimeter Link
- Next level presentations Link
Tips and tricks for using Mentimeter in the classroom:
- What exactly is Mentimeter? Educational Case
- Make lectures more engaging and inclusive with Mentimeter for Universities
For self-paced courses in how to best use Mentimeter try out Mentimeter Academy! Academy.mentimeter.com, opens an external URL in a new window
Tutorials and step-by-step guides: help.mentimeter.com, opens an external URL in a new window
New features in Mentimeter: https://www.mentimeter.com/blog/stay-current-with-mentimeter, opens an external URL in a new window
Templates library: mentimeter.com/templates, opens an external URL in a new window
TU.it shop- Assistance
A manual for logging into the store and general operating instructions can be found in the TU.it Shop manual, opens an external URL in a new window.
For information on permissions and structures, please refer to this dokument, opens an external URL in a new window.