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.


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, click on the Turn editing on button (top right).
  2. Locate the topic block 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 window will open.

  3. In the window, 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 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 Add questions.
    If you have already added questions, click the gear wheel and select Questions.
  3. On the Questions tab. The list of questions will appear.
  4. Select a question type 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 Settings icon () next to the question name.

    Moodle documentation about 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.
  7. To preview your questions, click the Preview tab.

View Responses

  1. On your course page, click the questionnaire activity to open.
  2. If students have submitted responses, you will see a link titled 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, then click List of responses (below the tabs). Each student's name will be displayed on a single page, and you will be able to click on a students' name to view responses by that individual.

    questionnaire response tab

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 tab titled View All Responses. Click the View All responses tab. All responses will be displayed for each question.
  3. While in the Summary view, in the third row 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 based on your browser settings. For example, if you are using Safari on a Mac, the default setting is to save downloaded files automatically to your Downloads folder.

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