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Session 71: Google Forms

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Why use Google Forms?

  • It's EASY!!!!
  • It's FREE!!!! Unlimited surveys, unlimited responses.
  • It's flexible - you can embed the entire form in a web page, or you can use the link to the form within an email or in a webpage.
  • Option to receive email notification immediately with each individual response, or just once a day ("daily digest").
  • Option to make results private or public.
  • Share survey with colleagues, and they can view the results and/or edit the survey, based on permission settings.
  • Surveys are "mobile-friendly," so respondents can participate in the survey via smart phone.



How would YOU use Google Forms?

Here's a sample survey, just to show you one of each type of question that's available to you through this tool: 



Create your own Google Form

Now it's your turn - use the questions that you brought with you to create your OWN survey! Log in at http://accounts.maricopa.edu, or your personal gmail account. If you need guidance, here are some handouts and video demos to get you started:


How to Create & Edit a Survey in Google Forms


How to Share Your Google Forms Survey


Reuse an existing Google Form

In your Google Drive, you can make a copy of the original survey:



Re-name the survey:



Look what else you can do with Google Forms...


Create a "Logic-Branching" Assessment

Google Forms has a VERY cool feature that allows you to direct your respondents to different sets of questions based on how they respond to a particular question. For example, I give my students an unemployment survey, and the logic chain goes something like this:

"Did you work for pay last week?"

  • If yes > How many hours? > Done with survey.
  • If no > Did you look for work?
    • If yes > Done with survey.
    • If no > What did you do with most of your time? > Done with survey.


Here's how it looks when you are editing the question in Google Forms (this only works for a Multiple Choice question or Choose from a list) - just be sure to check the box that says "Go to page based on answer":



When I used my old survey tool, there was no way to re-direct students based on a particular response, but with the Google Forms version, I can!! You saw one example of this type of question in the Sample Survey that we provided in the "How would YOU use Google Forms?" section of today's workshop (above).



Create a Self-Grading Assessment

You can't use Google Forms to grade anything fancy, so don't get excited about not having to grade those research papers. A Google Forms assessment can "grade itself" by comparing student responses to answer key responses that you have specified - this means that essay responses are out.


You can only use this method for certain types of questions - multiple choice is hands-down the best for this method. Choosing a short-answer question might work, if the response is a clear, one-word answer; even this is risky, though, because the answer will be case-sensitive, responses may include spelling errors, etc. A short-answer question also might work for something like a math problem, where the student needs to solve and provide a numeric answer. Again, this could be prone to typos, so multiple choice is best.



Google Forms vs Canvas Surveys


Depending on your data collection needs, a Canvas Survey may be option to consider.  Below are comparisons of Question Types, available Features, and considerations for Results and Grading you might want to consider before creating your survey.  To view tables in one document, click here.





Click here to complete evaluation survey.






Now that you've completed your workshop evaluation, we have one last survey question for you...



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