Technology Enhanced Learning


Ombea is an interactive audience response system that displays live feedback on students’ opinions and knowledge during a teaching session. Ombea embeds seamlessly within Microsoft PowerPoint, so lecturers can pose questions and scenarios within their slides which students can then respond to using their smartphone, tablet or laptop.

What can it be used for?

  • Testing student knowledge
  • Initiate discussion amongst the class or groups of students
  • Formative feedback
  • Peer feedback

Ombea at Kent

The University has a one-year site licence for Ombea, commencing March 2019. Ombea is available to all staff with a University of Kent IT account. The Ombea Response and Ombea Response 360 software is installed on all teaching PCs at the University and is available to install on a staff-managed PCs using the Software Centre desktop application.

UELT also has a supply of eighty Ombea 'clickers' - these can be used on their own or alongside the students' smartphones, tablets and laptops. Whilst the University's site licence allows Schools to have free and unlimited use of Ombea with smartphones, tablets or laptops, the expectation is that any Schools wishing to make more extensive use of the clickers will fund these directly.

In order to use Ombea, we will need to create an account for you. You can request an account by completing the following form.

Training sessions are being provided to support the rollout of this new technology. If you'd like to attend one of these sessions, you can do so by using the following link [external].

Information for Staff

How do I use it?

To begin with, and in order to prepare interactive presentations in advance of a lecture, you will need to install the Ombea software onto your computer. Note: The Ombea Response and Ombea Response 360 software is already pre-installed on all University of Kent teaching PCs.

  • To install onto a University-owned managed desktop, search for 'Software Centre' in the bottom-left search box. In the search results, click on Software Centre. Within the Software Centre search box, search for 'Ombea'. Two results will appear; Ombea Response and Ombea Response 360. Users choosing to use Microsoft PowerPoint integration should install Ombea Response, whereas users who wish to use Ombea outside of Microsoft PowerPoint should install Ombea Response 360. Double-click on either icon and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  • To install onto your own PC or Mac, the software can be downloaded from the Ombea website [external]. Note: Microsoft PowerPoint integration is not available on the Apple Mac platform, therefore, Mac users wishing to use Ombea can only download Ombea Response 360.

Once the installation is complete you will be able to open the Ombea software from your programs list [Windows] or from the applications folder [Mac]. Windows users may also find that shortcuts to the software have been added to their computer desktop.

Staff user guides

Ombea Response (for Microsoft PowerPoint polling):

Ombea Response 360 (for 'anywhere' polling):




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Last Updated: 07/05/2019

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