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Surveys

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12:25, 28 Jan 2014

Surveys are used for polling purposes and evaluations. Surveys are not graded. You can find surveys in any content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder. Your responses to survey questions are anonymous.

Taking a Survey

Your instructor lets you know when a survey is available and where to find it in your course. Before you begin, make sure you have a strong internet connection. A wired connection is more reliable than a wireless connection in some instances. Have any materials you need at hand before you begin. Click the link to launch the survey. Read all of the instructions. If you have any trouble taking your survey or understanding the questions, contact your instructor.

Although your instructor will be notified that you have completed the survey and a check mark will appear in My Grades, your instructor will not be able to see your individual answers.

Do not refresh the page, close the window, or click the browser's back button while taking a survey. If you experience problems during a survey, contact your instructor.

How to Take a Survey

Contact your instructor if you encounter issues or problems while taking your survey.

  1. Navigate to the survey and click the link associated with it.
  2. Click Begin to take the survey.

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  3. Your instructor may choose to have you type a password to begin taking a survey. If necessary, type the valid password and click Submit to begin the survey. The survey continues to prompt for a valid password until the correct one is provided.

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  4. As you work, answers will be saved automatically, or you can click Save next to each question or Save All Answers at the top or bottom of the page as you work.

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  5. Click Save and Submit when you complete the survey.

    Do not use the browser's back button during a survey. This may cause loss of data. If you have difficulties while taking an assessment, contact your instructor.

Timed Surveys

If your instructor chooses a timed survey, the scheduled time is included in the instructions before you begin.

You are notified of the instructor's choice of Timer Setting, which determines whether the survery saves and submits automatically when time expires, or if you have the option to continue beyond the time limit.

If you save and exit the survey, the timer continues running. If you start your survey on Tuesday, save and exit it, then complete it on Thursday the timer will show that it took you 48 hours to complete the survey.

If the auto-submit feature is selected, when the timer runs out, the survey saves and submits and the Survey Submitted page appears. If the option is not selected, a pop-up window appears with the choice to submit or continue.

The remaining time appears on the survey page. Click the chevron next to the timer to collapse or expand it.

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Timer warnings appear when half the time, five minutes, one minute, and thirty seconds remain. When the remaining time reads 1 minute, 30 seconds, the status bar will turn yellow. At 1 minute, the warning will be red, and at 30 seconds, both the status bar and the warning are red. If the timer is collapsed, the color changes are not visible.

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Retaking a Survey

If you are allowed to take a survey multiple times, it is noted at the top of the survey. If the instructor has placed a limit on the number of attempts, it is also noted at the top. A link to take the survey again appears when the survey is re-opened. 

Presentation Options

Force Survey Completion

If force completion is enabled, you must complete the survey the first time it is launched. If force completion is enabled, it is noted at the top of the survey. You are not allowed to exit the assessment and continue working on it at a later date. The Save function is available for you to save the survey as you work through it, but you are not allowed to exit and re-enter the survey.

Backtrack Prohibited

You are not allowed to go back to questions you have already answered if backtracking is prohibited. If backtracking is prohibited, it is noted at the top of the survey. When you take an survey that does not allow backtracking, an error appears when you attempt to use the Back function within the survey.

Survey Presentation

Your instructor has two different options for presenting questions in a survey: all-at-once and one-at-a-time.

All-at-once surveys present all of the questions at the same time. The following options are available while taking this type of survey:

All-at-Once Options
Function Action
Store answers Select Save All Answers. A saved icon appears in the question status indicator. You are allowed to change answers after they are saved.
Finish the assessment Select Save and Submit. You receive a confirmation followed by a receipt page stating that the assessment is completed.

One-at-a-time surveys present questions separately. Only one question appears on the screen at a time. You decide when you are ready to move onto the next question. The following options are available while taking this type of survey:

One-at-a-Time Options
Function Action
Navigate through questions Use the navigation arrows (<<, <, >, or >>). The question/section indicator describes the current location in the survey and the overall number of questions. When backtracking is prohibited, these arrows do not appear.
Save answers Select Save All Answers. Questions answered up to this point are saved.
Finish the assessment Select Save and Submit. You receive a confirmation followed by a receipt page stating the survey is completed.

Question Completion Status

The question completion status indicator provides an up-to-date look at complete or incomplete questions in an assessment.

The status of which questions have been answered is displayed at the top of the page. Click the chevron next to the question completion status to collapse or expand it.

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When you answer a question and move to the next question in a question-by-question assessment, the status box is edited on the next page to show that the previous question was answered. If you do not answer a question and move on to the next page in a question-by-question assessment, the status box will show on the next page that the previous question was not answered. Navigate between questions by clicking on the question number in the status indicator.

When you take an all-at-once assessment (an assessment where the questions all appear on the same page), click Save Answer to save a specific question without scrolling to the bottom of the page to save. Saving either a single question or all of the questions that have been answered (with the Save All Answers at the top or bottom of the page) changes the status indicator to show which questions have been completed.

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