What do you like best?
It just works! I've used a variety of voting platforms within a range of contexts over the last decade or so, where OMBEA is amongst the very best. I've used both the physical 'clickers' during teaching sessions as well as the Response App, both of which can be used independently of each other or seamlessly together.
As a Mac user primarily, the OMBEA Response 360 is the perfect lightweight app so open as and when needed. For Microsoft PowerPoint integration, I switch to Windows (using Parallels) where I can take advantage both OMBEA and PowerPoint to develop the engaging and interactive lectures for my students.
I have explored using the Response App in both anonymised and named forms for learners, exploring the benefits and drawbacks of each approach.
What do you dislike?
Integration of OMBEA with PowerPoint for Mac would be ideal, though the Support Team at OMBEA have always been helpful at talking through "What" I am trying to achieve before moving to the "How" - and then suggesting an always suitable solution.
An app that offers push notifications would offer a more native experience on mobile, but the web app is more than suitable for my needs to date (over the last three years).
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Within my teaching, I have always sought to take a learner centred approach (allowing them to drive the drive of the lecture to an extend), whilst ensuring that Learning Outcomes are being met for a particular lecture. OMBEA helps me to do this by allowing me to gather feedback from learners both easily and quickly, without being intrusive on my teaching style.
OMBEA, both as a product and as a company, have encouraged me to think deeper about my own practice, where their challenge continues to keep me striving to deliver the very best lectures for my students.