The Questionnaire activity allows you to survey your students using a wide range of question types. For example, you can collect informal/ungraded student feedback on your course or on a particular topic. You can view all responses or individual student's responses (and control whether or not students see only their own response), and you can download the data collected in a .csv file. Here's a video tutorial on creating a Questionnaire activity, followed by details and step-by-step documentation.


1. Create a Questionnaire activity.
2. Add (or Edit) Questions in a Questionnaire
3. View Responses
4. Download responses to a separate file if desired.

Step-by-step guide

Create Questionnaire

Add the steps involved:

  1. From the course page, Enable Edit mode (top right).
  2. Locate the topic where you will add the questionnaire activity. At the bottom-right of the Section, click, +Add an activity or resource. The Add an activity or resource chooser will open.

  3. In the window, from the chooser's All or Activities tab, select Questionnaire and then click Add. The Adding a new Questionnaire page will open.

  4. In the Name field, enter a name for the questionnaire (Required).
  5. In the Description field, enter the text you want students to see at the top of the questionnaire. This text precedes the actual questions, which you will specify in a separate step after you finish adding the activity. 
  6. Click the Availability heading to set start and end dates/times limiting when students may take the questionnaire. Note: The Timing settings allow students to view results even after the end date, whereas the Restrict Access setting (see below) completely hides all parts of the activity from view.
  7. Click the Response options heading to customize the way student responses are handled:
    Type determines the frequency with which students may respond:
    Respondent Type sets whether results will show students' names:Students can view ALL responses determines whether and when students can view a summary of submitted responses (in addition to their own individual response, which they can view at any time):Save/Resume answersAllow branching questions enables Yes/No and Radio Buttons questions to have child questions dependent on their choices in your questionnaire.Automatic numbering of questions and pages determines whether questions and/or pages will be automatically numbered. You might want to disable automatic numbering for questionnaires with conditional branching.Submission grade gives you the option to assign a grade to the questionnaire. Select a point value from the Submission grade drop-down menu. Note: Unlike with a Quiz activity, with a questionnaire you cannot grade each question; you can only specify one completion grade for submitting the questionnaire activity.

  8. Click the Content options heading to view and adjust the settings:
  9. Click Save and Return to Course. You will be returned to the main course page. The next step is to add questions to your questionnaire.

Add (or Edit) Questions in a Questionnaire

  1. On your main course page, click the Name of the questionnaire you want to modify. The Questionnaire page will open.
  2. If your questionnaire does not yet contain any questions, click the Add questions button.
    If you have already added questions, click the Questions tab in the options along the top.
  3. On the Questions tab. The list of questions will appear.
  4. Select one of the 11 different question types from the drop-down menu (set by default to Check Boxes) and click Add selected question type.
    Note: To edit an existing question, click the Edit icon (edit gear icon) in the list above the question's name. See documentation about the available questionnaire question types.
  5. Configure each question. For all question types:
  6. Click Save changes to finish adding a new question.
    Note: If you are editing an existing question, you can optionally click Save as New Question to create a new question instead of replacing the existing question. You can use this option to create a series of questions that are similar to each other. Saves time!
  7. To preview your questions, click the Preview tab in the Questionnaire options along the top.

Questionnaire Usage

Here's a video tutorial on using the Questionnaire activity, followed by details and step-by-step documentation.

View Responses

  1. On your course page, click the questionnaire activity to open.
  2. If students have submitted responses, you will see a button labeled View All Responses. Click View All Responses. The View All Responses page will open.
  3. By default, all responses will display grouped by question on the Summary tab, with all the responses submitted for that question. 

    To view responses grouped by student, click the View All Responses tab on the top rank, then click List of responses on the 2nd rank. Each student's name will be displayed on a single page, and you will be able to click on a students' name to view all responses by that individual.

Download Responses as a file

This feature enables you to save all the responses of a questionnaire to a text file (CSV). This file can then be imported into a spreadsheet or a statistical package for further processing of the data.

  1. On your course page, click the link to the questionnaire activity.
  2. If students have submitted responses, you will see a button labeled View all responses. Click View All responses. The View All Responses page will open, and all responses will be displayed for each question.
  3. While in the Summary view, in the third rank of tabs, click Download. The Options for CSV download page opens.
  4. On the Options for CSV download page, choose one or both options:
  5. Click Download. The text file will be saved to a location on your computer/device based on your browser's download settings.

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