Part 2: Fall 2015 Labs

27 Google Forms with John Martin — 11.03.2015

john-martinIn the Active Teaching Lab on November 3, 2015, John Martin from DoIT Academic Technology shared how he used Google Forms to remind students of course concepts while getting anonymous formative feedback on how effectively he was teaching.

Key Takeaways

  • Google Forms is fully embeddable in D2L or Moodle (as a news item)
  • Google Forms ( and Qualtrics ( have similar but not identical features. Qualtrics can do more, and is free for UW-Madison, but is more complicated to learn; one or the other might work best for your needs.
  • Get anonymous qualitative and quantitative formative feedback from students and give students credit for it by linking a “click here for credit” (not anonymous) survey where they enter their name to get credit.
  • Google Forms does branching! (insert new sections and direct certain answers there)

If you’re interested in learning more to get up and running with Google Forms, watch the videos below and try stepping through the Google Forms worksheet we created for the session!

The Active Teaching Lab, a Faculty Engagement program, provides a safe space for structured explorations of cool teaching tools and techniques that your colleagues are using to engage students and teach more effectively. During the academic year, labs are held weekly and will be listed on the Active Teaching Lab page.

John’s Google Forms Story

Want to know what happened next? Watch the discussion video:


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