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Faculty - Create a Survey in Blackboard


Faculty - Create a Survey in Blackboard

You can use surveys as an information-gathering tool, for such purposes as instructor or book evaluations or for polling student opinions on a particular subject. When students respond to surveys, their answers are recorded anonymously and not graded. Grade Center will only reflect that the student completed the survey, but you have no way to differentiate one student’s response from another. The process for creating surveys is exactly the same as creating a test, with the exception of adding point values to each question.

Create a Survey

1. Log into the Blackboard course where you wish to add a survey.

2. Under Course Management, click the Control Panel button.
3. Click the Course Tools button.
4. Near the bottom of the drop down, select Tests, Surveys and Pools.
5. From the next screen, click the Survey button.
6. Click the Build Survey button.


In the Survey Canvas, under Section 1: Survey Information, fill out the following:

  1. name of the Survey,
  2. description of the Survey,
  3. what instructions the students need in order to complete the Survey.

8. When finished, click the Submit button.


Adjusting the Question Settings

Note: It’s a good idea to set up the Settings prior to creating questions. It is a step that is important, but often forgotten.

1. Within the Survey area, click the Question Settings button.

Within the new window, determine what settings you wish to have for your survey:  
a. Section 1: Images, Files, and Web Links - if there will be any external links, images, or files added to a question or a submitted response.

b. Section 2: Question Metadata - this information is helpful when you use the question in the future within
c. Section 3: Display - this section allows you to determine the order and layout of the questions to the students
2. When finished, click the Submit button


Creating the Questions

Note: If you have already created a bunch of questions in another test, survey, or pool you can add them by clicking the Reuse Questions button. In addition, you can Upload Questions from another location. In this example, we will create new questions that Blackboard will add to the survey.

1. In the new window, click the Create Question button.

2. From the drop down list, select one to begin creating the survey.
  Note: You can use any number of question types in a single survey.
3. Create as many questions that are necessary for the assessment.
  Note: The most commonly used question for Surveys are: Either/Or, opinion, ordering, or multiple choice.




Question Types

Question Type

Student Response



Calculated Formula

Students taking the survey will receive a random set of parameters and be prompted for an answer.

Answer sets are randomly generated. The question contains a formula, the variables of which can be set to change for each user. The variable range is created by specifying a minimum and a maximum value for each variable.


Calculated Numeric

Student to enter a numeric answer in response to a question or formula.

Question is similar to fill-in-the-blank.

The user enters a number to complete a statement. The correct answer can be a specific number or within a range of numbers.



Students are presented with a statement and asked to respond either by: Yes/No Agree/Disagree




Students type or cut/paste a response in the essay field.

Instructors must grade this type of question manually although sample answers can be placed in the Reference section.


File Response

Users upload a file from the local drive as the answer to the question.

File Response could be used for prompting submission of a visual or audio assignment, or other submissions that are not text based.


Fill in Multiple


Similar to Fill in the Blank, but allows multiple blanks within the same question.

This question type uses variables to designate the different blanks.


Fill in the Blank

Students type the answer to the question.

Very sensitive to spelling and ordering mistakes on the part of the student.


Hot Spot

Students will click on certain areas of an uploaded picture, graph, grid, etc. to answer the question.

The student gets full credit if the location where they click is within a rectangular region of the picture set by the pool maker.


Jumbled Sentence

Allows students to compose a sentence or paragraph with multiple blanks by selecting answer choices for each blank from a single drop-down menu.



Students match information from one column to answers in another column.

You can also include multimedia clips in your question column.


Multiple Answer

Students can select multiple answers from the list.

Students respond to this question by clicking in a radio button.


Multiple Choice

Students can only select one answer from the list by clicking on a radio button.

You are limited to 20 in the number of answer choices available.




Student to choose from an instructorspecified number of answers. This question type is almost identical to a Multiple Choice question.

Question type based on a rating scale designed to measure attitudes or reactions. Users indicate the multiple choice answer that represents their attitude or reaction



Students must place a column of information in the correct order.

When you create the question you will need to put in the correct order; however, it will scramble them for the student view.


Quiz Bowl

Questions must be a hand typed interrogative.

All answers must come in the form of a question.


Short answer

Short Answer questions are similar to essay questions.

The length of the answer can be limited to a specified number of rows in the text box.



Students select either True or False.

No other wording options are available.



Note: If this is the last question of the survey, make sure to click the OK button in the bottom right corner to save the survey in preparation for deployment to the students.


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