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The Surveys tool solicits feedback from students regarding any aspect of the course. For example, it can be used as a method for delivering general course evaluations, mid-year reviews, or surveys associated with learning styles and preferences.
survey is created, instructors can
add questions from the Question Library or
add survey-specific questions. After questions have been added, the
navigation settings can be managed and the
survey will need to be activated. Instructors can
view survey results and
create reports based on responses.
Note: If a survey is set to be anonymous, the setting cannot be changed later.
All question types imported into surveys automatically omit point value and difficulty level indicators.
All quiz question types are available in the Survey tool. (Likert question types are available through the Survey tool and Question Library only.) Likert questions measure subjective information such as personal opinions, knowledge, abilities, and attitudes.
Note: Optionally, include a N/A option to allow for a "not-applicable" response.
If a question is marked as Mandatory, respondents cannot submit the survey until they have answered the question. Also, mandatory questions cannot be used in conjunction with the Prevent Moving Backwards setting or with branching questions, both of which are described below.
This setting cannot be used if the survey has any mandatory questions.
Branching allows the set up questions that will only display to students who provide certain answers. It can be used to ask follow-up questions when students enter a particular answer.
Note: If branching is activated, all questions will be presented to students one at a time. Enabling branching will erase any paging layout, will disable order shuffling, and will remove the "mandatory" status questions.
By default, a survey will be hidden from users. To make the survey active and available to users, this setting will need to be changed.
Survey reports can be set up to collect and present more types of information than is available through survey results. Instructors can choose a report type to display question statistics, question details, user statistics, attempt details, or user attempts.
Once users have taken a survey, reports can be viewed and downloaded as an Excel file.