Surveys Tool

Screenshot of Survey section

Screenshot of Survey section

What is the Surveys Tool?

The Surveys tool distributes a question or a series of questions in order to gather information from a group of people.

Why would you use the Surveys Tool?

Use the Surveys Tool in your course to:

  1. Solicit feedback from participants of a course
  2. Assess user satisfaction
  3. Poll a group of individuals (Learners/Faculty)
  4. Collect course evaluations
  5. Collect data about learner demographics

Scenario 1: Student Feedback

Professor Jones is teaching an advanced calculus class online for the first time. He has created different kinds of resources for the students to use, including short screen-capture videos of himself solving problems. He does this using a tablet so students can see what he is writing as he works through the problem and can also hear what he is describing to them about the correct steps in the solution. Using the Content Statistics, he can see that students are spending some time viewing these resources, but he is not sure how helpful these videos are to them. In order to gauge their effectiveness, he decides to create a survey to ask the students which materials in the course they are finding the most helpful in learning the concepts and problem solutions.

Jenny Hillard is taking a survey provided in her course. She appreciates the fact that Professor Jones asked for their input on the survey. Jenny is confident that the data collected by the survey will help to improve the course in the future.

Benefit to the Professor/TA/Instructional Designer

Surveys are a way to gather anonymous opinions from users or to gather non-anonymous information. Unlike Quizzes, there survey questions do not have right or wrong answers and Likert-style rating questions are possible.

How does it enhance my teaching?

Surveys of this type provide feedback to the instructor on how the students feel the course is going and whether the materials provided are sufficient for them to master the materials in the course and achieve the learning objectives.   Instructors can ask which type of learning resources are the most helpful and even use open-ended questions to determine areas of student confusion. The instructor can then respond to this feedback with modifications to the course before it is too late and the course is over. This feedback can be provided without spending class time soliciting responses from students.

How does it enhance my student’s learning?

Students have a chance to provide feedback before the course is over and indicate where they need assistance and where things are already working well. Students appreciate that feedback can be provided anonymously instead of being asked in class and being put on the spot.


Scenario 2: Polling

Professor Martin wants to know how comfortable his students are with the past module on genetics.  He utilizes the Survey tool to poll his course anonymously to check for understanding.  Through this Professor Martin is able to identify if there are any areas of the module his students would like to spend more time exploring.

James is a student in Professor Martin’s course.  He completes the Survey provided by Professor Smith and indicates the areas of the module he would like to explore further and where he is feeling confident.  This allows him to effectively communicate to his Professor.

Benefit to the Professor/TA/Instructional Designer

The Survey tool statistics allow instructors to aggregate the responses from participants.

How does it enhance my teaching?

The Survey allows the instructor to poll the class to gain better insight into areas of the module that require additional time and exploration.

How does it enhance my student’s learning?

The Survey tool provides students with a collective voice within the course and communicate their needs.


Video Tutorial: Surveys

Surveys Tool - Create a Survey


Your Turn Activity: Build a Survey

  1. Click New Survey
  2. Enter a name (Properties tab)
  3. Add/Edit questions (Properties tab)
    1. Click New > Likert
    2. Enter an Introductory text
    3. Choose the scale
    4. Type options text
    5. Click save
    6. Click done editing questions
  4. Set status to Active (Restrictions tab)
  5. Click save and close
  6. Select edit
  7. Make a modification to the name
  8. Click save and close

Try this Challenge: Modify an Existing Survey

Edit the survey so that participants can do and see the following:

  1. Survey can only be completed once
  2. Participants can view a summary of survey responses

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