The survey tools allows instructors to collect anonymous data from students. Instructors will see a checkmark in the grade center after a student has completed the survey, but instructors will not be able to see what answers the individual student provided. Instead, the answers are summarized in statistical format.

Survey questions should be created first in a pool, and then added to a survey shell. Surveys are deployed to students by adding them to a Content Area. Survey options and availability can be set after the survey is added to a Content Area.

Note: Survey results are anonymous and are not graded.


STEP 1: Create a question pool

To create a Pool:

  1. In the Control Panel click Course Tools, then click Tests, Surveys, and Pools. The Tests, Surveys and Pools page will appear.
  2. On the main area of your page, click the Pools link to view the Pools page. Any existing Pools will be listed.
  3. Click the Build Pool button. Name the question pool and optionally provide a description and instructions. Click the Submit button.
  4. Click the Question Settings button on the right-hand side of the screen.
  5. Choose your options by checking the boxes next to each option.
  6. Click the Submit button.


To add questions to a Pool:
  1. Mouse over the Create Question button and choose a question type from the drop down list.
  2. Type the question in the Question Text text area field. Question Title is optional.
  3. Fill in the required fields (marked with a *). Feedback, Categories and Keywords, and Instructor Notes are optional sections.
  4. Click the Submit button.
  5. Repeat these steps for adding each new question to a pool.


STEP 2: Create the Survey and add questions from the Pool

To create a Survey:

  1. Navigate to a specific Content Area.
  2. Make sure that Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Mouse over Create Assessment button and click the Survey link.
  4. Click on the Create button next to the text, Create a New Survey.
  5. Name the test and optionally provide a description and instructions.
  6. Click the Submit button.


To add questions to the Survey:

You can choose to create new questions, import questions from a pool, or import a specific number of random questions.

  1. Create new questions
    1. Mouse over the Create Question button and choose a question type from the drop down list.
    2. Type the question in the Question Text text area field. Question Title is optional.
    3. Fill in the required fields (marked with a *). Feedback, Categories and Keywords, and Instructor Notes are optional sections.
    4. Click the Submit button.
  2. Import specific questions from a pool or pools
    1. Create or access the test.
    2. Mouse over the Reuse Question button and click Create Question Set.
    3. In the new window, search for questions using the Browse Criteria.
    4. Select the questions to include in the test. Select the check box in the header row to select all questions.
    5. Click the Submit button.
  3. Import a specific number of random questions from a pool
    1. Create or access the test.
    2. Mouse over the Reuse Question button and click Create Random Block.
    3. In the new window, expand one or all of the following criteria: Pools, Tests, Question Types, Categories, Topics, and Levels of Difficulty.
    4. Use the Search Current Results field to narrow the search.
    5. Select the questions to include in the test. Select the check box in the header row to select all questions.
    6. Click the Submit button.


When you are finished adding questions click the OK button at the bottom of the Test Canvas page. You will return to the Create Test page. Confirm that your new test is selected and click the Submit button.

STEP 3: Deploy a survey and set options

To set survey options:
If you just completed STEP 2 (above) you will be on the Survey Options page. Check the options for each section and click the Submit button. A new column will be automatically created in the Grade Center.


Test Availability

Select the Yes radio button next to Make link available to add a link to the test in the Content Area. You also have the option to allow multiple attempts, set a time limit, and set when the test is available to the students. To restrict the availability of the link, click the check boxes next to Display After and Display Until.

Force Completion will lock out students from tests if they experience problems with Internet connectivity. Instructors must clear the student’s attempt in order for the student to retake the test. We suggest not using the Force Completion option.


Self-assessment Options

The default settings in this section are generally acceptable.


Survey Feedback

  • Status presents the completion status to students.
  • Submitted Answers shows the student their answers.


Survey Presentation

The default settings in this section are generally acceptable. We recommend Presentation Mode set to All at Once to reduce potential for problems related to Internet connectivity.
Randomize Questions will order the questions differently for each student.