Friday, November 2, 2018

Google Forms - A Quiz You Can't Fail?

I've long been a huge fan of Google forms for exit slips, surveys, and formative assessments. For me, it is one of the easiest tools to efficiently engage my students in reflective learning and assessments. I've even dabbled with using Google forms as a HyperDoc. (I still prefer slides and docs, so I'm not ready to recommend forms as a resource to create HyperDocs.)

Another great feature of Google Forms is the ability direct learners to different sections of the form based on the answer chosen in a multiple choice question. This is a great way to support differentiated learning experiences. Students can be directed to a statement, video, website or other digital resource based on the answer they choose. 

If you want to see this in action, I've put together a quick formative assessment connected to Copyright and Fair Use. This is not perfect, but I think it is a good starting point to demonstrate how powerful branching in Google Forms can be. 

Copyright and Fair Use Formative Assessment

This is not a new idea, and I owe my exploration of this feature to some incredible educators. Several years ago Tom Mullaney wrote a great post about an "Impossible to Fail" Google Quiz. Alice Keeler as has a more recent post about these types of branching forms, "Creating a Branching Quiz". I highly recommend both of these posts if you are looking to learn a more about branching in Google Forms.

Here is a quick peek behind the curtain to see how this is done. Alice's and Tom's post go into a bit more detail if you need something more. 

The first step is to plan the sections you will need for each question. For the first question on the quiz, I needed to create 3 sections on the quiz. 

Section 1 is the first multiple choice question. The correct choice leads to section 3 and the incorrect choices all lead to a video about copyright protection. Each wrong answer could also be set to a different section based on the response. 

Section 2 is the check for understanding section that contains a video for students to review if they choose any of the incorrect responses.  You don't need the yes, no question, but I like this having this so students recognize that they should watch the video before moving on. When answers yes, they are brought back to section 1 to try the question again. Note that there is no way to force the student to watch the video, so they could just keep going back to the question until they guess right.  

Section 3 is reached when the correct answer is chosen and the student can then move to the next question.

The process then repeats for each question. As you can probably guess, this takes some time, but once you create one you can easily copy the form as a template for new branching quizzes. 

How could you use this with your students? Please share in the comments below.

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