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Creating surveys and quizzes in Microsoft Forms
Part one of a three-part series of blogs
Microsoft Forms is a joy to use! This blog will show you how to create and distribute a survey or quiz, and the type of whizzy features that you can build into it.
This blog gives an overview of what you can do in Forms (and how you can do it), but Forms is so intuitive to use that you can use the blog as a tutorial too.
Microsoft Forms is one of the best software applications we have ever seen (matched only by some of the new UK government websites for ease-of-use). Kudos to Microsoft for the vast amount of work they must have put into making sure that Forms is so easy to use!
This blog will use as its example this survey, which is designed to show off all the things that Forms can do in as succinct a way as possible:
Alternatively, scan this QR code to begin the survey (like everything else shown in this blog, this uses a standard feature of Forms).
The main Forms features used in the survey are shown under separate headings below.
Note that the survey used as an example for this blog is slightly longer than the genuine one sent out in our November 2022 newsletter. We won't be monitoring the results of this example survey, so feel free to fill it in as many times as you like, and using dummy data!
We've divided the survey into 3 sections:
You can click on the Next button after each section to move onto the next.
For the last question, there's an additional question which appears according to whether you answer Yes or No:
Each respondent follows one of these two paths through the survey. Branching can take you to different sections, or even to the end of a survey.
You can attach an image to your survey, and also set a theme for it:
You can either set a background colour (as here) or a background image.
In addition you can attach images to questions to make them more interesting to read:
Not all of the questions in this survey have images attached, but most do.
When you're creating questions, here are the options:
The types of questions that you can create.
Our survey contains an example of each main type. Here's a Choice question:
You can choose to display choices as dropdowns if you like, and also specify whether a user can tick multiple boxes (in which case they appears as square check boxes, rather than the round option buttons shown here).
This is an example of a Likert question (named after Rensis Likert, an American social scientist):
In a Likert question you can give your views on a range of different questions.
This is a Net Promoter Score question:
You can change the text at either end of the scale (as we did here, so that the scale goes from It's terrible to It's pretty good).
The survey doesn't include a Rating question, but they're pretty intuitive:
In a rating question you can choose how many symbols appear, and also choose what each symbol is (albeit from a very limited set of pictures).
The survey also doesn't include a Ranking question, but these are intuitive too:
In a ranking question you can change the order of your answers to put a set of options in your preferred order.
Now that we've seen what Forms can do, it's time to look at how to make it do this!
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