Collecting Anonymous Feedback from Students

We've set up four different feedback surveys via Google Forms for you to distribute to your students. You can access a read-only version of each form using the links below:

Distributing an anonymized feedback form to students via Google Forms

Below are some step-by-step instructions for how to distribute a feedback form to your students:

  1. Take a look at the read-only versions of each feedback form above. Decide which form you'd like to use for your class(es).
  2. After deciding which form you want to use, access your own copy of that form from this Google Drive folder. This folder has all four form versions in it. To make your own editable and distributable copy of a feedback form, click the link to the folder and select the form you want to use by clicking on it once. Then, right click on the form and select 'Make a copy':

    Screenshot demonstrating how to make a copy of a form from linked Google Drive folder
  3. You will then see a message appear in the bottom left corner of your screen that says "Created 'Copy of Feedback Form' in My Drive". Click the 'SHOW FILE LOCATION' button on that message.
    Screenshot showing the SHOW FILE LOCATION button
    If this message goes away before you can click on SHOW FILE LOCATION, you can always find the copy of the form by clicking 'My Drive' on the left hand side of the page.
  4. Google Drive will then show you where your copied form is. Double click on it to open it. 
  5. Edit the form by doing the following:
    • Click into the title of the file (in the very top left corner) to edit it. Example: 'Fall 2020 CC-100-01 Student Feedback'
      Screenshot showing where one can edit the title of the Google Form file
    •  Click into the title of the form (in the top center of the page, under where it says 'Questions' and 'Responses') to edit it. Replace '[Course code]' with your course code, e.g. CC-100-01. Feel free to remove the word 'Midterm' from the title of the form if it's not applicable to you. 
      Screenshot showing where one can edit the title of the Google Form

    • Click the 'Responses' tab at the top center of the page. Toggle the switch next to 'Not accepting responses' to start accepting responses.

      **Please note: your students will not be able to submit the form until you set the form to 'Accepting responses':Screenshot showing where to toggle the form to set it to 'Accepting responses'


  6. Click 'Send' in the top right corner when you're ready to send the form to students. 
  7. On the 'Send form' window that appears, click the link symbol then click 'Copy'. 
    Screenshot showing how to retrieve and copy a link to send to students to fill out form
  8. You now have the link to the form copied. You can paste the link into an email to your students or into your Canvas course, either in an ungraded assignment, announcement, page, or anywhere else you think it should be. 
  9. Repeat steps 1-8 for each course you are teaching, meaning that each of your courses should have its own dedicated Google Form.

Viewing responses/response data

There are few different ways to view responses. To see responses, you will need to click on the form in your Drive to get to the edit mode. Then, click the 'Responses' tab in the top center of the page. From here, there are four different ways to view your students' responses: 'Summary' view, 'Question' view, 'Individual' view, and spreadsheet view.

Summary view

Click 'Summary' toward the top of the page. Here, you will see each question on the form listed, and underneath each question you will see all the responses you've gotten for this question so far. 

Question view

Click 'Question' toward the top of the page. Here, you will see one question at a time and all the responses for that question. You can toggle through the questions by selecting a question from the drop down menu or using the left or right arrows.

Individual view

Click 'Individual' toward the top of the page. Here, you will be able to toggle through students to see how each student responded to all questions on the form. There are no names attached to submitted forms so the only way to toggle through students is to use the arrows under where it says 'Summary'. 

Spreadsheet view

Google Forms allows you to export all responses to a Google Sheet. To do this, from the 'Responses' tab click on the Google Sheets icon toward the top right of the form. In the window that appears, select 'Create a new spreadsheet' and then hit 'Create'. The spreadsheet will open automatically. 

Each row in the spreadsheet corresponds to one student who submitted the form. The first column indicates the date and time that the student submitted the form. After that, each question has its own column under which each students' response to that question is included. 

Need more help?

Don't hesitate to reach out to ITG at itg@emerson.edu or 617-824-8090 with any questions or concerns!

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