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Adding Images and Alt-Text in Poll Everywhere

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Poll Everywhere supports adding images to poll questions and responses. With inserting images, it is best practice to include image descriptions (Alt-Text) to support participants who require the use of screen readers so that they receive additional information describing the images embedded into the question and/or choices.

Adding an Image to a Poll Everywhere Activity

  1. Follow the instructions for Creating Polls in Poll Everywhere to make a new poll activity or open a pre-existing poll activity to begin adding an image.
    1. Click the "Upload Image" icon in the title box or in the response boxes to select an image to be added to that space.

Adding an image to the title box adds the image to the right-hand side of the poll activity prompt.

Adding an image to one of the response options prevents you from writing any additional text in that response box. You are only able to input text or an image or LaTeX—not a combination of the three in a single box.

  1. From the file picker that opens in a new window, select your file and click "Open."
  1. The image is now added to either the title or specific response box, depending on where you started the image upload process from.

An "image URL" will display in the response text box. This is just the URL of the uploaded image hosted by Poll Everywhere.

  1. Click the "Save" button when finished.

Enabling the Image Alt-Text Feature

  1. Login to your Poll Everywhere account and click to open your "Profile" from the side navigation, then select to open the "Features lab" from the left-hand menu.
  1. Toggle the "Image alt-text" feature to the "ON" position and then click the "Apply lab settings" button at the bottom of the page.
  1. Image alt-text is now enabled and you can begin adding custom descriptions to any images you add to Poll activities.

Adding Alt-Text to an Image

  1. Once an image has been added and the Alt-Text Feature has been enabled for your account, type your image description in the "Alternative Text" box below the image.
  1. When done, click the "Save" button.

Information on Creating Useful Alt-Text for Images

For resources on what to include with alt-text please see Yale's usability and accessibility guide on images here:

For additional questions, please contact [email protected].

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