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Creating a Survey

A survey is a data collection tool available on VU Collaborate, which can be used to gather information about students. Surveys are commonly used in research to collect self-report data from study participants. A survey may focus on factual information about individuals, or it might aim to obtain their opinions. 

This article will guide you through the process of creating a survey in VU Collaborate.

This article covers the following topics:

Step One: Creating a Survey in your Unit

1. Go to Learning Space and choose the Module where you would like to place your survey. 
2. Click Add Activities, then select Surveys.

add survey

3. Click Create New Survey.

Create new survey button

4. Give the Survey a Name and optional Description, then click Create and Insert.

field for name and description of survey. Create and Insert button below field highlighted

Step Two: Creating and Adding Survey Questions

1. Your survey is now created and inserted into the module. Click on the Title of the Survey to add survey questions.

Content space with newly created survey highlighted

Note: Your survey will be created in Draft and will need to be published once you have finalised all elements.

2. Click Survey Setup.

 Survey setup button

3. Select either of the options for your survey to give instant feedback or make results anonymous.

Feedback option and add/edit question button highlighted

4. Click Add/Edit Questions. 

These boxes are optional but note that if a survey is anonymous, it cannot have any restrictions put on it. The survey can not be edited to change the anonymity at a later stage.

5. When you select make results anonymous, the following message it is going to appear.
6. Click Yes to continue.

7. Click on New and select the question type you would like to add.


Click on one of the question types to learn more about creating them: 

Note: Creating Survey questions does not require you to select/allocate points to the correct answer.

2.1 Likert Scale Survey Question Example

1. Select Likert Question.


2. A new page is going to open. Enter an Introductory Text to guide students through the survey.

fields for title of question and introductory text

3. Select a type of Likert Scale.


4. In the Value section, enter your questions which will correspond to the Scale that you selected in the previous step.
5. To add more questions, click Add Option located on the top of the Value section.
6. Once completed, click Save.

2.1.5 SURVEY

7. Your question is now completed. To check the question that you have made, click on the drop-down arrow next to the question and then select Preview.
8. From here, you can also edit your question by clicking Edit (located above Preview). 

Dropdown next to question with options for edit, preview and attempt. Preview is highlighted

9. A preview of how the question will appear to students will be displayed. 


10. Click Done once reviewed. 

Step Three: Adding your Questions to the Survey

1. Click Done Editing Questions once you have created all the questions for your survey.

Done editing questions button

2. You will return to the Edit Survey screen, click Restrictions on the top tab.

Restrictions tab highlighted

3. Click on the Status drop-down arrow and select Active. This will allow students to submit their responses to the survey. 

Status dropdown with options for active or inactive

4. Below you can set time restrictions if required.
5. If you want to add the survey in the Calendar, click on the button beside Display Calendar.  

Display in calendar

Note:  To know more about Calendar & Dates, please visit Creating Calendar Events Guide. 

6. Decide on the number of times you would like a student to submit their feedback:

  • Unlimited - No capped number of survey responses per student.
  • Single Attempt that is editable - One survey response which can be changed by the student.
  • Limited - Select the number of times a student can submit a survey response.

user responses allowed. Unlimited selected from dropdown

7. Click Save and Close to save the changes you have made to the survey.
8. Your Survey will look like this in the selected Module: 

 final final survey



Further Support

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