Surveys

A survey is a course activity that provides a number of verified survey instruments, including COLLES (Constructivist On-Line Learning Environment Survey) and ATTLS (Attitudes to Thinking and Learning Survey), which have been found useful in assessing and stimulating learning in online environments. Teachers can use these surveys to gather data from their students that will help them learn about their class and reflect on their own teaching.

Moodle’s surveys use pre-made questions. If you wish to create your own questions, use a feedback activity instead.

How do I add a survey?

  1. Navigate to your Moodle site and turn editing on.
  2. Scroll down to the topic or week you would like to add a survey to.
  3. Select Add an Activity or Resource.Screenshot of Moodle course with arrow pointing to "Add an activity" link
  4. In the windows that pops up, select Survey for an activity and then Add.
  5. On the Add a survey page, provide a name.
  6. Select a Survey type. There are three available survey types:
    • 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 – This survey is based on a well-known survey from Stephen Brookfield. By asking students to reflect on critical moments that they remember from the course you will (all) learn a lot about what is working and what is not.
    • Constructivist On-line Learning Environment Survey (COLLES) – For monitoring the extent to which the interactive capacity of the World Wide Web may be used for engaging students in dynamic learning practices
  7. Provide a Description if desired.
  8. Change the settings for Common module settings and Restrict access if desired. The default settings are usable, so these may be left unchanged.
  9. Select Save and display.

What types of surveys are available?

There are three types of surveys available. They are described as follows. For more information, select the survey title to view Moodle’s documentation.

  • 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 – This survey is based on a well-known survey from Stephen Brookfield. By asking students to reflect on critical moments that they remember from the course you will (all) learn a lot about what is working and what is not.
  • Constructivist On-line Learning Environment Survey (COLLES) – For monitoring the extent to which the interactive capacity of the World Wide Web may be used for engaging students in dynamic learning practices

How do I view survey responses?

The survey report section in each survey allows you to view the data by course, by student, or by question. You can also download the data as a spreadsheet or text file.

Moodle surveys are not anonymous. While students cannot see each other’s results, you can view each student’s survey. There is no way to assure anonymity. If you are using these results for research, you must develop a scheme to download the data and assign participant numbers. You should also inform students of this limitation.

To access various reports:

  1. From your course homepage, select the name of the survey.
  2. In the upper right corner, select View [X] survey responses.Screenshot of online survey with arrow pointing to "View responses" link in upper right
  3. You can now view responses in any one of four formats. Use the tabs to select a view.Screenshot of online survey results report with arrow pointing to boxed tab titles
  4. To view responses for only a specific group, use the Visible groups drop down menu.Screenshot of online survey report with arrow pointing to "Visible groups" drop down menu
  5. To download results, select Download and choose a download format.Screenshot of online survey results download page with arrow pointing to "Download" tab in center.

For further details on surveys, visit Moodle’s own documentation.

Now that you know how to add surveys, take a look at how to create feedback activities. These are similar to surveys, but you can write your own questions.