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Surveys are an excellent way to solicit feedback from students regarding any aspect of your course. You can create surveys and use the included statistics tools to monitor current course trends and opinions, and assess student satisfaction. You can gather anonymous or non-anonymous opinions and information from users. Unlike Quizzes, survey questions do not have to have right or wrong answers and Likert-style rating questions are possible.

Setup a Survey

  1. On the navbar, click Assessments > Surveys.
  2. On the Manage Surveys page, click New Survey.
  3. Enter a Name and define additional settings for your survey.
  4. To add questions to the survey, do one of the following:
    • To add questions directly to the survey, click Add/Edit Questions.
    • To share questions between Self Assessments, Quizzes, and Surveys in the Question Library, click Save and Close to exit the survey. On the Manage Surveys page, from the tool navigation, click Question Library.
  5. In the Question Library or the Add/Edit Questions area of the Surveys tool, click New and select the question type or information item you want to create.
  6. To return to the Manage Surveys or Edit Survey page, click Done Editing Questions.
  7. Click Save
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Understanding Survey Properties

When creating a survey, the following properties are available under the Survey Properties tab.

General Properties

  • Category Group your survey under an existing category or create a new category. Categories are useful for organizing surveys with similar or related content.
  • Feedback Students will receive feedback immediately after answering a question.
  • Anonymous Hides student data in survey results. The responses to survey questions are available for all students, but the system does not report who made what response.
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Survey Questions

  • Click Add/Edit Questions to create survey questions, sections, information, and manage other question properties.
  • Once you add questions to your survey, you can enter a value in the Questions per page field to indicate how many questions to display per page. You can also choose to prevent users from moving backwards through pages once they have left a page of questions.
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Description/Submission Message

  • Create a description and submission message for your survey. Manage visibility by selecting on or off.
  • Description Create a description at the start of the survey. Students will see the description at the top of the page before the first question.
  • Submission Message Display a message to students immediately after they submit the survey.
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Add Questions to Survey from Question Library

If you’ve created questions for your survey outside of the survey (for example, in the Question Library), do the following:

  • On the Manage Surveys page, click the survey name. Click Add/Edit Questions > Import.
  • To import questions from the Question Library, from the Import Source drop-down list, select From an Existing Collection.
  • From the Source Collection drop-down list, select Question Library.
  • To display all questions available, select Collection Root from the Source Section drop-down list.
  • From the Source Collection area, select the check boxes of the questions you want to import to your survey.
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Assessing Surveys

Assessment options are available under the Assessment tab.

Add a rubric to your survey if you want to evaluate the overall quality of survey responses.

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How to Create a Survey Report

You can export survey statistics and reports to a file for data analysis. The file contains all pertinent information from the survey so that you can query, sort, and evaluate the data without being connected to the learning management system. You must set up survey reports from the Reports Setup tab for the appropriate survey before you can view or export reports.

Once you have students in your course, you may want to use survey reports to gather information on survey data.

  1. Click on Surveys in the Assessments drop down menu on the orange navigation bar.
  2. Click on the survey for which you want to generate a report.
  3. Go to Reports Setup tab.
  4. Click Add Report.
  5. Enter a Report Name.
  6. Select Report Type:
    • Summary Report You can display aggregate data for multiple choice, true and false, Likert, multi-select, and matching question types. You can also display text responses for written response (long answer), short answer, and fill in the blanks question types.
    • Individual Attempts This report displays each attempt individually. You can choose to hide the student’s first and last name when the Individual Attempts report is viewed.
  7. You can choose to immediately release a report after a survey submission, or enter an alternate date and time.
  8. In the Release Report To section, select the roles you want to release the report to.
  9. Click Save.
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View a Survey Report

  1. On the Manage Surveys page, from the context menu of the survey you want to view, click Reports.
  2. Click on the report name.
  3. If you want to restrict your report within a specific time frame, select the From and To check boxes and enter the date restrictions.
  4. Click Generate HTML to view the report in your browser, or click Generate CSV or Generate Excel, to save the report on your computer.
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Anonymous Participation in a Survey

If a survey is anonymous, your user data is hidden in survey results. The responses to survey questions are available for all users, but the system does not report who made which response.

While learners are taking an anonymous survey, an alert appears at the top of the survey indicating that the survey is anonymous and their user information will not be tied to their responses.

Note: You cannot associate anonymous survey activities with learning objectives. Once this option is selected, it is not reversible.

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Ensure Anonymous Survey Participation

On the navbar, click Surveys.

  1. On the Manage Survey s page, click the survey name.
  2. In the General area, click on the checkbox 
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Control User Responses in a Survey

You can set a response type to specify the number of survey attempts users are allowed.

  1. On the Surveys page, click the survey name.
  2. Click the Restrictions tab.
  3. In the User Responses area, set the Attempts Allowed drop-down list to one of the following:
    • Unlimited – Users can answer and submit a survey as many times as they want.
    • Single attempt that is editable – Allows users a single survey attempt. They can re-access and edit responses as long as the survey is still available.
    • Limited – Sets a number of permissible survey attempts.
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Create Special Access to a Survey

You can assign specific users a different set of survey availability dates. Special access properties enable you to increase the time limit for special-needs users and allow different start and end dates for individual users.

  1. On the navbar, click the Surveys link.
  2. On the Surveys page, click the survey name.
  3. Click the Restrictions tab.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • To set special access for selected users, choose Allow selected users special access to this survey.
    • To restrict the survey only to users with special access, choose Allow only users with special access to see this survey.
  5. Click Add Users to Special Access.
  6. Search for users and select the check boxes beside the names of users you want to assign special access to.
  7. Click Add Special Access.
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Survey Branching

When branching is used, survey questions present one at a time, each on a separate page (in other words, page breaks are inserted between every question). Survey branching presents multiple questions, allowing the instructor to choose which question comes up next based on the user’s response.

  1. On the navbar, click the Surveys link.
  2. On the Manage Surveys page, click on the survey you want to add branching to.
  3. In the Survey Questions area, click Branching Wizard. The wizard displays a list of the questions in your survey and their corresponding types. Answers are shown for Multiple Choice and True or False questions. You have the option to skip questions or terminate the survey based on the answer to a Multiple Choice or True or False question.
  4. Choose the answers that you want to create a branch from and fill in appropriate branching information.
  5. Click Save.
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Notify Participants of an Available Survey

You can notify participants of an available survey in two ways:

  • On the Edit Survey page, click Invite Participants to send a survey notification directly to a user’s external email address.
  • In the Announcements widget, create an Announcements item that announces the availability of the survey on the course home page and links to the survey via a quicklink.
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Setting Survey Restrictions

On the Restrictions tab of the survey, you can create new, or attach existing release conditions if you want a survey to be available to users only after they fulfill other specified tasks. Examples of release conditions include completing an Assignments submission, scoring a specified grade in a particular quiz, completing a Self Assessments submission, and being enrolled in a particular section. You can also use Release Conditions to make the survey available only to a particular role. Edit and change release conditions by clicking the Remove icon or Remove All Conditions.

If you decide to make the survey available with certain release conditions, you can also use the Intelligent Agents tool to notify students that the survey is available once they’ve fulfilled the applicable release conditions.

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Survey Examples

Start off the course with an informal poll 

An informal poll can ask about people’s backgrounds, previous education, and interest in the course. You can choose to make the answers anonymous, or to share them so that learners can see their classmates’ responses. You can use a variety of question types for this fun poll, including:

  • Short Answer
  • Multi-Short Answer
  • Multi-Select
  • Multiple Choice
Using a multiple choice question to conduct a poll on course interest
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Collect informal course evaluations or mid-year reviews 

You can use a combination of different question types for this that are found in a typical evaluation or review, including:

  • Likert
  • Written Response
  • Multi-Short Answer
survey course evaluation
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Ask about people’s learning styles and content delivery preferences 

You can use a variety of different question types for learning style and delivery preference, including:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Multi-Select
  • Written Response or Short Answer
Using a multi-select question to discover discussion method preferences
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Determine which learning resources were most helpful to achieve learning objectives 

You can use the following question types to determine the most helpful type of learning resources:

  • Multi-Select
  • Multiple Choice
  • Ordering
  • Likert
Using an ordering question to determine effectiveness of learning resources
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Pose open-ended questions to determine areas of learner confusion 

You can use Short and Written Response question types for this scenario.

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Set up a “choose-your-own adventure” game or quiz 

You can introduce the course in a fun way or reinforce course messaging through this type of survey activity. You can use survey branching to do this, using the following question types:

  • Multiple Choice
  • True or False
Using the branching wizard to craft a quiz that can lead to many different outcomes depending on the user's answers
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View Survey Results

Click on the drop down arrow beside the Survey and select Statistics.

  • Click Show Search Options next to the Search box to reveal the Restrict To dropdown menu
  • From the Restrict To dropdown menu, you can choose between
    • All users
    • Users who have not taken an attempt
    • Users who have completed an attempt
    • Users with Attempts in Progress
  • Click the magnifying glass in the Search box to apply the filter.
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