How can I incorporate Google Forms in my teaching and research?
You can use Google Forms to create surveys and quizzes; collect research data; build a database of contacts for planning committees; event registration (such as the Center for Teaching & Learning events). Unlike other “free” online survey platforms, with a Google Form you can have unlimited questions and responses, as well as logic branching, at no charge.
What do I need to get started?
If you have a Gmail account, then you have a Google Drive account. Google Drive is the environment where you create forms, spreadsheets, text documents, and upload files. If you don’t have an account, you can create one here: https://accounts.google.com/SignUp
What does a Google Form look like?
Take our brief demo quiz in which we’ve incorporated logic branching. It’s a simple two-question quiz, where the logic branching is about the correct versus incorrect answers to the multiple choice questions.
Great! How can I make a quiz like that?
1. Go to drive.google.com, log into your account, click Create > Form and…
2. …give the form a name.
3. Create your first question. In this case, we’ve created a multiple choice question. Insert the question title, choose the type of question, and set the answers. We’ll create the “Wrong answer” page after at least one question has been created.
4. Create another page (Add item > Page break) but don’t give it a name. If you don’t plan on incorporating logic branching, then you don’t have to create a new page for each question.
5. Create another question following the same process illustrated in step 3.
6. Now create the “Wrong answer” page. It’s the same process as in step 4 (Add item > Page break) only this time, give it a title (“Wrong answer”, or some such) which will be the message displayed when the user submits an incorrect answer.
7. Go back to question 1 and check the box “Go to page based on answer.” For all of the incorrect answers, select “Go to page 3 (“Oops, wrong answer! Try again!”). For the correct answer, leave the setting as “Continue to next page.”
8. Follow the same steps for all questions, except the last one. In the last question, select “Submit form” next to the correct answer.
Each time you create a Google Form, a spreadsheet is automatically created and linked to the form. Each time a user completes and submits the form, the spreadsheet is populated with their responses. The spreadsheet functions much the same way as Excel: you can create charts and pivot tables.
You can also set a notification rule, so that you receive an email when someone submits a response.
Go to the spreadsheet, click on Tools > Notification rules.
Then select your options. You must be logged into your own account in order to set this up. If you share this spreadsheet with colleagues, they must log into their accounts to set up email notification.
How can I learn more about Google Forms?
The best thing is for you to go to Google Drive and give it a try, checking out the various options you have for questions.
For a guide on how to customize your Google Forms, and for more tips on how to use Google Forms for teaching, go to:
Google’s documentation on Google Forms is here: https://support.google.com/docs/?hl=en&p=about_forms#topic=1360904