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The Voting Activity allows teachers to provide learners with a list of options to "Vote" on. It is similar to the Q&A Activity in that Voting shows first one screen with all the available voting options, then a screen showing the individual learner's selection, then a screen showing "progressive" voting results (i.e., a non-editable screen where learners can see results from themselves and other learners over time).
Finally, there is Summary Screen of group results.

  Animated Tutorial
This animation explains how to create and use the Voting Activity


Vote Authoring

All properties sheets contain three tabs:
* *Basic:* Which controls the _Content_ of the Activity.
* *Advanced:* Which controls the _Behaviour_ of the Activity.
* *Instructions:* Provides information on the structure of the activity.

Basic Tab

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The Basic Tab for the Voting Activity allows you to specify a title for the activity, give learners a set of instructions for completing the activity, and create Voting nominations that Learners can choose from.
* *Title:* All Activities have a web page title which is presented at the top of the activity page when displayed in the Learning Environment. This is _NOT_ the same title as the Title that can be set using the [Properties Inspector|authoring#propinspector].
* *Instructions:* All Activities have a text area that is presented beneath the title. This is where the main activity text to be displayed to learners is entered. The text can be formatted using the Rich-Text Editor. Image, Video, Audio and URL content can also be displayed in the Instructions area.
* *Specific Features - Nominations:*
** To Create a new nomination click *+Create Nomination*.
** To Edit an existing nomination click the *Yellow Pencil*.
** To change the order in which nominations appear, use the *Green Up and Down Arroms*.
** To Delete an existing nomination, click the *Red Cross*.

Advanced Tab

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* *Lock When Finished:* This option is available on all Activities.
** Enabling this option in _Voting{_}means that once Learners have selected their nominations and Click Finish, their Vote is final. Learners can still view the Voting Activity by using the Progress bar.
** If this option is disabled, Learners will be able to change their votes by opening the voting activity through the progress bar. The activity will be accessible until the sequence is stopped by a monitor.

* *Allow Text Entry:*
** When enabled, this option allows learners to Create and Select their own nomination. Other learners cannot choose this nomination, but can create their own entry to choose.
** If disabled, Learners may only nominate from the choices specified in the authoring environment.

* *Add Notebook... :* This option is available on all Activities. Enabling this option creates a Notebook as part of the Activity, which Learner's can use to reflect on the activity just completed. The reflections are personal (ie: not shared with other learners).

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Monitoring Voting

Summary Screen

!voteSummary.PNG|thumbnail! *Annotated view of the Voting Monitor Summary tab.*

The *Summary Tab* for _Voting Activities_ allows Monitors to view statistics about Learner participation in the activity, and also analyse the responses of Learners to the Voting questions.

At the top of the tab is the _Group Selection_ drop down menu. If the Voting activity is modified by a Grouping Object, this menu allows the monitor to view the different result sets for each group, or the collated results from each group. If the Activity is running in whole class mode, there will only be one option available in this menu.

The Summary screen also shows the total number of Learners who have access to the sequence as well as the number of learners who have completed this particular activity.

The last tab section displays all of the voting questions and the accompanying nominations. For each nomination, LAMS shows a percentage of the total votes. The Monitor can also choose to view the results in Bar or Pie chart form, by clicking _"View Bar Chart"_ and _"View Pie Chart"_ respectively.


!instructions.PNG|thumbnail! *Annotated view of the Monitoring Instructions tab.*

In the Authoring Environment, Authors can use the *Instructions Space* to attach support files for a specific activity, or leave comments for othe Monitors about how a given activity should be run.

These comments and files can be viewed from here - the *Instructions Tab.*

Edit Activity

Clicking the *Edit Activity* button opens a new screen identical to the _'Basic'_tab in the authoring environment. In the current version of LAMS (2.0.4), Editing can only be performed on activities that students +have not yet reached.+

Unlike *Live Edit*, this form of Editing can only modify the content of an activity, as opposed to the structure of a sequence.


The *Voting Summary* screen presents a simplified version of the statistics on the Summary page.

Branching Condition for Voting

The Vote tool does not support branching based on conditions. If you have any suggested ways we could use Voting for branching, please give us your ideas on the [LAMS Community|] in the LAMS Lounge or in one of the Technical Forums.