It’s a strange thing with the advances in technology: we still haven’t developed a way to easily collect files (except for the NSA). How many times have we wanted to easily collect files from a group only to pull your hair in a beleaguered DropBox/email/Carrier Pigeon exchange?
You probably already know how to use Google Forms to collect information, but what about when non-textual information or really big files need to be collected? Perhaps you want to collect documents from students or collect photos from colleagues.
Now, you can centrally collect information right in your Queens College Google Drive (gdrive.qc.cuny.edu) using Google Forms! This can only be done in your Queens College G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) account.
To include a file upload option in your form:
- Click the drop-down menu that allows you to select the type of question.
- Choose “File Upload”
While creating your Google Form you have the option to accept files and the size, number, and type of files. This is helpful if you need students to upload audio or video files to complete assignments or for people to upload pics of your wedding to create a wedding album.
The default setting allows all types of files, but you may want to limit the allowable uploads to a specific type of file (i.e.: only images or pdf’s or any combination of file types). This ensures that the student does not accidentally send a picture of their Instagram Thanksgiving turkey, when you’re looking for their final paper.