O365 Forms

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Found in the O365 launchpad, Forms is a fantastic way to build and deliver surveys and self-grading quizzes. Because it comes with your enterprise email, it’s always free, and you get the full range of features available.

Office 365 Launchpad, Forms selected
Office 365 Launchpad

Learn How

Many faculty report they felt this app was straightforward to learn to use. Start out by choosing to build either a New Form or a New Quiz.

Build a Form or a Quiz
Build a Form or a Quiz

Once your Form or Quiz opens, give it a name, and move on to build question types like multiple choice, ranking, likert scales, open ended responses, and more. There is a limited amount of branching available as well. Watch our video, Getting Started with Forms, to learn more.

“Getting started with Forms.” by J. Wilkinson, March 21, 2020.

Use the Microsoft Forms support website to continue to teach yourself how to use the app.

When to Use it

Forms is delivered using a link. Post the link online for students to access. You can also have students use the D2L Brightspace Pulse app to get to it on their mobile device.

This is a formative assessment tool. Use it to check in with students on how the course is going, by borrowing our Start, Stop, Continue form template, or asking them for input on how their group project is going so far.

This can work as a summative assessment tool for low stakes quizzes. It can do self-grading quizzes, letting students check their own learning. Educators can collect data about individual student performance, and associate this with a grade value.

Tips and Suggestions

Start with something simple. You could try borrowing our Start, Stop, Continue form template. Make your own copy, and try it with students to get feedback on your teaching.

Then, build your own. Start by identifying the purpose of your survey or quiz. Jot down a few questions to construct. Try constructing these in Forms.

Test out your survey or quiz by opening the link in an incognito window. Review the responses your Form will collect.

Jess Wilkinson

Jesslyn is the Educational Technology Officer at Conestoga. An Ontario Certified Teacher, and holding a B.A. and B.Ed., Jesslyn researches and promotes new technologies for faculty to enhance pedagogical practices. She brings to the role her experience as a Google and Microsoft certified technology trainer and as a classroom teacher in South Korea, Mongolia, and Ontario, focusing on special education and assistive learning technologies. She is available for workshops, consultations, and support with using technology in higher education contexts.

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