Advanced Questions

Learning Statement: In this article you’ll learn how to use question types beyond multiple-choice, such as Priority questions and Free Text questions.
Audience: This article is aimed at all OMBEA Response users.

Multiple-response questions

Background

A multiple response question, as opposed to multiple choice question, is one where you ask for more than one response per voter.

Which of the following elements are inert? Choose all that apply.
1. Helium
2. Sodium
3. Argon
4. Xenon
5. Hydrogen

Part 1: Create your question slides in OMBEA Response

  1. Create a normal multiple choice question.
  2. On the OMBEA Response ribbon click on Properties.
  3. On the right hand side of the Properties panel scroll down to the section titled Poll.
  4. Change the Response Per Participant as appropriate. In our example above, we would change it to 5 because we want the voter to choose up to 5 responses.

Part 2: Poll your multiple response slides

  1. You poll your multiple response slides in exactly the same way as you would with a normal slide. Just remember you’ll need to invite your audience to submit more than one vote.

If an audience member wishes to change their mind and they are using a ResponsePad:

  1. They press an extra button. In our example where we are asking for three choices, they submit a fourth.
  2. This will ‘delete’ their choices and a red light on the ResponsePad will indicate this.
  3. The can submit their new set of responses as normal.

Priority Questions

Background

A priority ranking question in OMBEA is one that asks the audience to choose more than one multiple choice option and, furthermore, to choose their options in order of priority from most important to least important.

Which of the following poses the greatest threat to our population in the next 10 years? Pick your top three in order of priority.
1. Fuel shortages
2. Global warming
3. Economic poverty
4. Food poverty
5. Water poverty
6. War and terrorism

Part 1a: Create your Priority slides

  1. On the OMBEA Response ribbon click on the bottom half of the New button.
  2. From the menu that appears, click Priority Ranking.
  3. In the Priority Ranking window that appears, select the number of Responses Per Participant.
  4. OMBEA adds a new question slide to your presentation. Use this slide to build your priority ranking question as you would any normal multiple choice question

Part 1b: Convert a normal multiple-choice slide to a Priority slide

  1. On the OMBEA Response ribbon, click Properties.
  2. In the Properties panel, on the left hand side, select the question you would like to update.
  3. On the right hand side of the Properties panel scroll down to the section titled Poll.
  4. Change the Response Per Participant as appropriate. In our example above, we would change it to 3 because we want the voter to choose up to 3 responses.
  5. Change the setting for Priority to Yes.

Part 2: Poll your priority slides

  1. You poll your Priority slides in exactly the same way as you would with a normal slide. Just remember you’ll need to invite your audience to submit more than one vote.
  2. When you close polling you will see a chart with some unexpectedly high numbers on it. This is because OMBEA presents the results by assigning 10 points to a voter’s first choice, 9 to their second choice, 8 to their third choice, and so on. By aggregating all the points on the live voting chart, it’s possible to see the subtle differences between options depending on their overall priority for the audience.

If an audience member wishes to change their mind and they are using a ResponsePad:

  1. They press an extra button. In our example where we are asking for three choices, they submit a fourth.
  2. This will ‘delete’ their choices and a red light on the ResponsePad will indicate this.
  3. The can submit their new set of responses as normal.

Free Text Questions (ResponseApp users only)

Background

Free text questions are only possible with OMBEA ResponseApp.

  1. On the OMBEA Response ribbon click on the bottom half of the New button.
  2. From the menu that appears, click Free Text.
  3. In the Free Text window that appears you are asked Would you like to show the results? You have 3 options:
    1. Yes, show the most common responses. This will display up to 9 of the most common responses in a frequency chart.
    2. Yes, show a word cloud of the results. This will show a cloud of words submitted by participants, with the font size of each word representing frequency.
    3. No, do not show the results. No results will be shown after polling is closed. You can still see the results in the Results Monitor and in the Reports.
  4. OMBEA adds a new question slide to your presentation. Type your question in the area that reads Enter question text.
  5. If you elected to display some of the results, you will see a chart. You do not need to edit this.
  6. You can now poll your slides as normal.

The word cloud is a great feature for inspiring discussion and debate amongst participants.