D2L - Creating Surveys (UW-Madison)


UW-Madison is adopting Canvas as the single, centrally supported learning management system, and discontinuing support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and Moodle. Access to D2L and Moodle will permanently end June 1, 2018. For information about retaining materials from D2L or Moodle, please refer to this document.

Surveys are created by populating questions that reside in the Question Library. Note that the survey tool has a Question Library separate from the Quiz Question Library. Questions cannot be shared between libraries at this time.

Surveys can consist of the following types of questions:

  • Multiple Choice
  • True/False
  • Long Answer
  • Short Answer
  • Likert Scale
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Multi-Select
Creating Survey Questions
  1. Enter the Survey tool on the navigation bar, or access it by going to Edit Course > Surveys. If the tool is not visible on the navigation bar, you can enable it under Edit Course > NavBars (covered in D2L - Adding Tools to Course Navigation Bar (UW-Madison) ).
  2. Click the Question Library tab. 
  3. To better organize survey questions, it is wise to create a question folder. To do this choose New > Section

  4. Enter a Section Name and click .
  5. To add questions to the question folder, click on the folder in the side bar.

  6. Choose the type of question from the New menu (see above).
  7. Create your questions. You may click Save, or Save and New if you wish to create more than one question.
  8. When finished, click Done Editing Questions.
Creating a New Survey
  1. Enter the Survey tool on the navigation bar.
  2. From the Manage Surveys tab, click New Survey. 
  3. Enter a name for the survey in the Name box.
    • If you want students to see feedback to question, check give instant feedback box.  Note that this feature is currently only providing question-level feedback, not answer-specific feedback.
    • There are also areas to provide messages at the beginning and end of the survey (Description/Submission messages), as well as a page footer.
  4. Next, click on the Restrictions tab.
  5. To make a survey active, you will need to choose Active in the Status menu.
  6. Enter a start and end date for the survey's availability.  If no start or end date are needed, leave each box unchecked. 
  7. If you wish for the students to only take the survey once, select Limited and either enter "1" or the number of your choice.

  8. Survey results can be tied to a specific user or anonymous on the Properties tab. Once a survey is made anonymous, it cannot be switched back.

    • Click on Add/Edit Questions to add questions to your survey.
    • To import questions from the Question Library, click Import.
    • Choose Question Library from the Source Collection drop-down menu, and choose the correct section folder from Source Section. If you did not create a section folder, select Collection Root.
    • Place a check next to the questions to be used in the survey and click  when complete.
    • Click Done Editing Questions to return to editing your survey.
    • When finished, be sure to click Save and Close; also, be sure to save your survey periodically throughout the editing process.
    • To send your survey, select Invite Participants and mark the check box for those who you wish to send the survey to. Note that the check marks at the top of the page and next to each role name ("Student", etc.) will select all of those participants. Finally, click Submit.

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    Keywords:learn@uw learnuw d2l desire2learn survey creating create making make   Doc ID:2596
    Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
    Created:2004-03-23 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-12-01 12:21 CDT
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