[ay 15-16] Moodle - Survey and Questionnaire

This articles lays out the Survey and Questionnaire activity types and points out the differences.

Main differences between Survey and Questionnaire

  1. Surveys cannot be anonymous. Instructors will always be able to go in and see students' responses. Questionnaires have a bit more ability to be somewhat anonymous; however, instructors should be warned there are still roundabout ways to dip into students' responses through the Moodle logs. If anonymity is very important, it is recommended that instructors do not use Moodle for feedback.
  2. Surveys have 5 pre-made surveys to choose from. You can not create your own questions. Questionnaires require the instructor to create their own questions.

Setting Up Survey Activity

  1. To add a survey, turn editing on (button in upper right corner) and then click the Add Activity or Resource link from the topic or week block you want the survey to appear in and select Survey.
  2. From there you must name the survey and choose one of the survey types. Use the yellow question mark button next to survey type to learn more about each type. These same descriptions are also listed below. Click Save and return to course when you are satisfied with the settings.
  3. Once students have taken the survey, you can go in to view results by clicking the survey link on the course homepage and then clicking the View xx survey responses link in the upper right hand corner.

Survey Types (Information taken from Moodle site):

  • Attitudes to Thinking and Learning Survey (ATTLS) - For measuring the extent to which a person is a 'connected knower' (tends to find learning more enjoyable, and is often more cooperative, congenial and more willing to build on the ideas of others) or a 'separate knower' (tends to take a more critical and argumentative stance to learning)
  • Critical incidents survey
  • Constructivist On-line Learning Environment Survey (COLLES) - For monitoring the extent to which the interactive capacity of the World Wide Web may be exploited for engaging students in dynamic learning practices

For more information on the survey settings, you can visit the Moodle doc at Survey Settings.

For more information on the using surveys, you can visit the Moodle doc at Using Surveys.

Setting Up Questionnaire Activity

  1. To add a questionnaire, turn editing on (button in upper right corner) and then click the Add Activity or Resource link from the topic or week block you want the questionnaire to appear in and select Questionnaire.
  2. On the settings page, tailor the options to your needs and be sure to select "Respondent Type" as "Anonymous" if you want the results to be anonymous. Click Save and display when you are satisfied with the settings.
  3. On the next page, click the Questions tab to add questions. You can choose from many question types on the drop down menu and then click Add selected question type. Use the yellow question mark buttons within the questions to learn more about formatting the answers. You can also go to Questionnaire Question Types which is a Moodle doc that details out the question types.
  4. Once students have taken the questionnaire, you can go in and view results by clicking the questionnaire link on the course homepage and then click the All responses tab at the top of the screen.



Keywords:Survey, questionnaire, anonymous, custom survey, moodle   Doc ID:28650
Owner:Elizabeth H.Group:Moodle
Created:2013-02-14 15:56 CDTUpdated:2015-06-17 16:29 CDT
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