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Automatic Feedback with Forms

Whether it is to check what students remember from an activity, what they understood from a reading or what they learned about a concept, using forms that are set up to correct students’ answers and give them feedback automatically can be a powerful tool to implement in your classroom. In this article, you will learn how to use Microsoft Forms to create basic multiple-choice questions forms that provide students with feedback based on their answers.

When should you use these forms?

Of course, this since this approach is limited to multiple-choice questions, it can’t and shouldn’t be used to assess students’ learning globally. Rather, we suggest using these forms as checkpoints that students can complete autonomously, making sure they got the essential before moving on. It both increases the amount of feedback each student can receive and facilitates self-paced learning and scaffolded activities.

Here are a few suggestions of ways to use automatic marking and feedback forms:

Students have a series of levelled books or articles to read. Once they are done one reading, they answer a few multiple-choice questions to make sure they took the time to read and understand. If they answer correctly, they move on to the next reading.

In your multi-level classroom, students are all at different stages of learning about fractions. As they complete an activity, they use the corresponding form to check their answers and get feedback. If they are on track, they move on to the next activity.

Students preparing for a formal assessment that covers many concepts. For each concept, they answer a few questions in a form. Based on their answers, they are either redirected towards the next concept, or towards a video that helps them review more thoroughly.

How to create a form?

In this tutorial you will learn how to use Microsoft Forms to create a series of multiple-choice questions that will, upon completion, automatically provide students with the right answer and feedback.

  1. Open a web browser and go to forms.office.com.
  2. Click on Sign In.
  3. Type in your KI username (the same you use for emails).
  4. Click on Next.
  5. Type in your KI password (the same you use for emails).
  6. Click on Sign In.
  1. Click on New Form.
  2. Type in a title and a description for this form in the corresponding fields.
  3. To add a question, click on Add…
  4. Select Choice, as you want to create a multiple-choice question.
  1. Type in your first question.
  2. Type in the multiple choices students can select from.
  3. To add more choice options, click on Add an option.
  1. Identify the right answer by clicking on the checkmark next to the corresponding option.
  2. Add feedback by clicking on the speech bubble. Feedback can be added for right and/or wrong answers.
  1. Make the question mandatory by clicking on the toggle switch on the left of that word. This way, students will not be able to skip questions.
  2. If you want the form to provide a score, determine how many points you want this question to weight.
  3. To create another question, repeat steps 9 to 17.
  1. To see what students who complete the form will see, click on Preview.
  2. To make the form available to your students, click on Share.
  3. Make sure the form is set to Everyone can answer. That will allow students to complete the form even if they don’t have a KI email address.
  4. Choose a sharing method, such as a short URL that can be sent to your students.

How to see the answers?

Once your students start completing your form, you will be able to see their answers. However, if you want to be able to track who answered, and their results, you must add a question for students’ name to your form. To access the form’s answers:

  1. In your form, click on the Responses tab. You will see an overview of all answers received.
  2. To see a specific student’s answers, click on View results. You will be able to see all the answers of each respondent.
  3. You can also choose to export all the answers to a spreadsheet by clicking on Open in Excel.

Example

To provide you with an example, we have created a five-question quiz following the procedure above. After answering these questions on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the Québec Education Program, submit the form to see the correct answers and receive feedback automatically.

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