How do I create a "Public" Survey?

Instructors can create a survey that can be accessed by anyone inside or outside of the course site via a URL.

Public surveys are by default "anonymous". Users do not log in to access the survey, so there is no name associated with any individual survey submitted.

Go to Tests & Quizzes.

This displays the Test & Quizzes page.

Note:  The Test & Quizzes tool is not a default tool.  Yo may have to dd the tol to your tool list using Site Editor / Edit Tools. (See: How do I add or remove tools on my Course/Project site? )

Enter a name for the survey, then click Create.

 This creates the survey and displays its edit page.

Use the "Select a question type" dropdown box to select a Survey Matrix question type.

Note: You may add any type of question to a survey. if you add a question that requires you to select a "correct" answer, mark any answer as correct and under "Settings" do not grade the survey.

For details on question types see:

Selecting the Survey Matrix question displays the Edit Survey question page.

Leave the Answer Point Value at "0".

Add Instructions (box mislabeled as "question text")

Type the instructions for the survey matrix into the text box provided.

Note: To edit with the Rich Text Editor, click the hyperlink to open the full menu.

Add Attachment. (Optional)

In the Row Choices box, enter your statements or questions.

On the Column Choices box, enter the selection of responses or answers.

Configure responses and comments.

DO NOT check Allow Only One Response per Column (forced ranking).

To include a comment box for users, check the box for Add Comment Field. In the displayed box, you can enter descriptive text for the comment field. (Note: Comment boxes have a limit of 200 characters.)

Configure column widths.

To set the column width for statements/queries in relation to column width for responses, select from the Relative Widths of Columns dropdown menu.

Assign the survey matrix question to a Part of the survey and/or a Question Pool

1. The question can be added to a specific portion of the survey, such as Part 1 or Part 2 (depending on how many parts exist). Part 1 is the default location.

2. The question may also be added to a Question Pool, if desired (See: "What is a Question Pool?")

Provide Feedback. (Optional)

Feedback is optional text available for users to view after the survey is submitted. This feedback will be released to users immediately after submitting the survey if the "Settings" for the survey includes "Feedback upon Submission",  "Release Questions and the following" and "Question-level Feedback".(See: "How do I Edit the Settings for an assessment?")

Note: To edit with the Rich Text Editor, click the hyperlink to open the full menu.

Click Save.

Continue adding questions until your Public Survey is complete.

  1. If you would like to delete a question, click the Remove link to the right of the question.
  2. If you need to make a change to an existing question, click the Edit link to the right of the question. 

Click Settings.

After you have added all of the survey questions, click Settings to configure how the assessment will be delivered to the students. For a detailed explanation of the assessment Settings see "How do I configure the Settings for an assessment?"

Example of typical Settings for a public survey:

Click Publish.

After you have configured the Setting for the public survey, click Publish to release the survey to users.

This displays the Publish Confirmation page.

Copy the survey URL, then click Publish.

This publishes the survey.

A COPY of the survey is located under the Published Copies tab.

You can now send the public URL to anyone. They will be able to open the web page and take the survey without logging into Trunk.  Site users will not be able to access the survey through the Tesy& Quizzes tool. The survey is only accessible via the URL.

Note: You can retrieve the public URL anytime by clicking Select Actions / Settings (under the Published Copies tab).  The URL is now listed under "Assessment Released To".


Example of what the survey looks like to those that access the survey URL:

Note: You may want to let your users know to click on the "Submit for Grading" button rather than the "Save" button (even though the survey is not graded).