Responsive Learning & Google Forms

Before I explain the more technical aspects of creating a responsive Google form, its important to understand why one would want to do this.

By asking the right questions of students, we get more meaningful feedback and can adjust our teaching to ensure it is relevant. Questions are one of the most powerful tools for an educator – effective questioning is a strategy to engage learners. Engagement and active learning leads to deeper understanding of content.

Every question we ask should have a pedagogical purpose. Do you want the students to reflect? or to focus on a particular area of the material? or to practice a particular skill?

There are many ways to ask questions. It can be useful to run a pre-class survey – this can get students in the right mindset, and helps give us an understanding of their current level of skill and talking points for class.

Interestingly, (thought not surprising) students are more likely to respond to anonymous electronic polls (e.g. try using the ‘poll everywhere’ platform) than with the traditional ‘hand up’ approach.

One tool that enables us to ask questions of students is Google Forms. It is useful to prompt students to reflect, understand the gaps in their knowledge and to help us improve our lessons. When creating the form think – what am I asking and why? How?

You can use ‘branching logic’ to create different feedback, or lines of questioning, for student answers in Google Forms. This is not used for formal assessment but for engaged learning. It basically means that students are directed to a particular page, chosen by you, depending on their answer. Multiple-choice questions enable specific differentiated feedback, long text answers can provide a general ‘best answer’ feedback. This means you can tailor the user experience.

A short tutorial on creating this type of form can be viewed on YouTube:

 

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