I have been using Doodle to schedule meetings with people for a while now and was very surprised I’d never done a SnapSession on it. For the 15 minute test period (since I was already familiar with the Event function), I tested the Choice function and the Doodle FaceBook application.
The one thing that strikes me about this application is its simplicity and ease of use. You have the default options, which serve the most basic needs, and then there are advanced options for more granular results. Best of all, there is no account to sign up for – so no user name and password to have to remember.
The difference between an Event and Choice is that a Choice lets you choose between a variety of items – for instance,”What should we have at the party?” or “Which movie should we go see?” This is good for getting consensus on things. The Event is geared specially for a place in time, meaning, a meeting or function. So if you have 10 people and 15 potential meeting times, Event would be your choice. If you have the same number of people but you are trying to decide where to go for dinner, Choice would be the option. I can see Choice being very useful in the classroom.
Both functionality, as well as the Facebook app, work pretty much the same way. Select if you want an Event or a Choice. The next screen asks you to provide a title and description respondents will see. You then provide your name and an email address, which is option but I strongly recommend including it. Every time someone completes an entry, the application will email you and let you know. This is so much more convenient than checking back all the time.
This is where the two choices are different. For Event, you will now select the DATES you want to include. Once you click on a date, it turns green showing it is now active. Click NEXT and you will now be able to enter the times on those day for people to choose from. If you don’t have enough columns for your times,click the ADD FURTHER TIME SLOTS. If you want each date to have the same times, you can click COPY AND PASTE FIRST ROW and all your dates will have the same times as the first date.
You can click finish here or go to OPTIONS. This is where you can get really granular with your needs. The option I like the most here is for a “if need be” response, instead of just the yes/no option. When planning meeting times, this has been an essential option for me. Click Finish, and you are done. If you included your email address, you’ll get one email with theparticipants link and one for the administration. Never give out the admin link
Step 2 for Choice gives you rows to list your choices. The options button works pretty much the same as described above. Once done, click Finish and the results are also the same as described above.
The Facebook application does mostly the same thing, except it places the poll in Facebook for you. The thing I did not like about this was that I needed to type individuals names to add them to the poll. It would have been far more convenient to have an invite window come up with all my friends and let me select who I want to invite, the way they do with events.
All said and done, I love this web based application and recommend it.