Gathering student feedback is a useful way for students, particularly the quieter ones, to let you know what they think about your class and give you suggestions for change. Doing this using a paper form means photocopying a class set, having them fill it out at the end of a class, and then manually analysing their responses using your chosen method. If you use Google Forms instead, you just need to send one link to your students, and Google collects the data and makes graphs for you! Having a Google Form also means students can give anonymous feedback any time they like instead of being restricted to when you ask for it.
If you are comfortable using Google Forms and know what questions you want to ask your students, feel free to skip this tutorial and make your own feedback sheet! Otherwise follow the instructions below to use a template feedback sheet I have made. Look for the red rectangles or arrows in the screen shots.
Click the link below to make a copy of the template feedback sheet I have made to get started (you will need to be logged in with your school account).
https://docs.google.com/a/upperhutt.school.nz/spreadsheets/d/12yiV7KBcSlckrLrwnc-lzcdFOvZLd_PNJt38oGER9fc/copy?usp=sharing. The link will open in a new tab, and ask you to make a copy of the document. Select Make a Copy to open the Google Sheet file.
Rename the spreadsheet to something logical (e.g. ECO101 Student Feedback Term 1) by clicking on the title up the top. It would also be a good idea to organise the file in your Drive so you can find it later when you are ready to view the responses.
Select Form then Edit Form from the toolbar at the top. This will open the form in a new tab, where you can edit if you wish (although this will be a tutorial or Tech Tuesday for another lesson!).
Change the name of the form so you can find it later in Google Drive. To do this click on the title in the top left corner. Give it the same name that you gave the Google Sheet in Step Two.
Preview your form before you send it to students so you can see what they will see. To do this, click the eye image in the top right corner. If you are happy with how it looks you can close the preview tab.
Now you need to send the form to students. You can use one of the following methods, depending on the class.
Google Classroom Assignment
If you have a Google Classroom page set up for your class you can create an asignment with the form as a Google Drive attachment. When a student completes the form the assignment will be marked as done, however, the responses will remain anonymous (unless you change the form settings).
Google Form Link
Every Google Form also has a unique link. You can write or project this link on your whiteboard during class for students to visit on their device if you don’t have a Google Classroom page. Click on the Send button in the form to get this link.
Once your students have completed your feedback survey, the final step is to check the results. Depending on the type of question, Google makes graphs of the information so you can see the responses visually. You can either do this from the original Google Sheet you copied (hopefully you remember where you moved it to!), or from within the form creation tool.
Google Sheet Responses
Open the Google Sheet you copied in Step One. This will hopefully now be filled with responses from your students! To view the summary graphs go to Form, then Show Summary of Responses.
Form Editor Responses
In the form editor page select the Responses tab at the top. This will show you the same information, but is sometimes summarised slightly differently. You can also view the individual responses by selecting Individual instead of Summary.
This concludes the not-so-brief introduction to setting up a sending out a Google Form! Below is a list of other ways you could use Google Forms at school. Pleae add your own suggestions in the comments!
- Homework sheet – you can add images or links to questions and use different question types (text, multiple choice, ranking etc.) to gather student answers. There are also Google Sheet/Forms add-ons that will grade them for you!
- Parent feedback – email a form to parents so they can give feedback too
- Trip or event data – e.g. have parents RSVP to an event to find out expected numbers
- Students gather data – students can create their own forms to collect data for statistical analysis, for example when Commerce students are conducting Market Research