Surveys vs Quizzes.....

Hi all.

I have a "question" that I want to ask in the middle of my course - "Which of the following do you think are important for topic x?"

I would like then to select 1 - 10 of them, then move on with life....

I could use a 1-question, multiple-answer Quiz, or I could use a Survey.

All I want to do is have the learner answer, then hit a button, and go immediately to "Well..if you selected each one you are correct, because they are ALL important...blah blah blah"

Another option is to use the "Big Box & Hyperlink" technique Dave uses in his RSI model and Screenrs, but I like the look and feel of Quizmaker.

Oh what to do, what to do........

In a quandary, looking for braincells other than mine, which feel old and tired at the moment....

Bruce (overacting dramatically....)

9 Replies
Zara Ogden

Do you need to track the score of a response?? And really what is the difference between a Survey and a Quiz question???

I am a bigger fan of survey...less pressure. The learner has no implication any which way they answer. I am sure if you had your way you could add witty humor about how they better answer correctly or Nessy will attack them via interoffice mail the Canadian version could be I'll get a Mountie after you...or Big Foot?. Or answer honestly cause I said to...

But in all seriousness I would go with a survey. Position the question as what do you think...really not what is the correct answer. In an ideal world survey questions will encourage more honestly then "GRADED" quiz questions.

Zara Ogden

I tried to pitch for a program i am working on but it was not the right one... but in my brain for future use I plan to ask...

A survey question that all answers lead to a blank quizmaker slide that incorporates the key response. I think that is were you are going and I like it. I like to challenge a learn when I can and I believe that we are challenged with questions. Especially when asking moral questions that have multiple responses. For example in Harassment Training or something of the like.

Bruce Graham

Thanks for comments.

These questions are relatively simple - all just asking which of the 9 statements are relevant in a certain industrial process under discussion - they all are.

I'm going to have a closer look at surveys, but I have not yet got my head around the options. I do not ned an email or anything, it's just a way to get them to "click" on something, and then no matter what they choose we move on with teh course and an explanation that all were relevant.

Thanks again.


Jeanette Brooks

If you're just building a one-question interactivity, one advantage of going with a survey instead of a graded quiz is that there won't be any scoring information that appears on your quiz player template when the learner sees the question. Although it's easy to remove that stuff even if you do build a quiz, it's just one less step to fuss with if you build a survey instead.

For quick 1-question interactivities like this, it's also kind of nice to use a transparent quiz player that shows your PowerPoint slide master, so that things like consistent, like Brian said. Below is an example of something like that... I used a transparent quiz player so that I could leverage the master slide behind it, so that the heading on the quiz slide had the same look (font, color, size, etc.) as the headings on the content slides. For folks interested in learning how to make a transparent player for a quiz, here are the steps.