After I discovered Office Forms two weeks ago I wanted to give it a try to do some testing (I wanted to do a very short final exam on the topic of „functions – basic understanding“) within my tablet PLUS class with it. So in this blog post, I want to share my „set-up“ and the experiences with Office Forms as a testing tool and how I did an assignment with my students. I want to describe the workflow and make some remarks to the process.
So with Office Forms I can easily create Quizzes, BUT there are only
three five types of answer formats. You can create „multiple choice questions, text-answers questions and Ratings. EDIT: Since two days you can also create Quiz-questions and date-input:
So I was very limited, but since I wanted to get some text-input from my students it was OK for me and I created a quick survey with only 8 questions:
The Quiz was very easy to distribute, as every student just had to open a dedicated link on his/her Surface and after the login with the school’s Office 365 account they could quickly take the quiz. The answers are all collected automatically after they hit „send“ and I could even get a first glimpse at their work within the „Responses“ tab:
I then exported the whole data to Excel with just one click:
„Mail merge“ with Word
Then I created a „bulk letter“ with Word and took the dataset from the Excel-file I just downloaded. I took this idea from a class hack Jim Pedrech did at the #hacktheclassroom contest in January. So I quickly set up a document with all the answers to the questions and created a page for each student. Then I started to correct the each page for each student using my stylus on my Surface Pro 3.
Distributing work within the OneNote Class Notebook
After I assigned the final points I used the „Print to OneNote“-feature to put the pages into the OneNote Class notebook. I decided to print all pages at once and distribute it by just copying and pasting it to each student’s section.
The OneNote class Notebook Addin was very useful for this, as I could easily navigate to the same page within the students‘ sections. So I could get my students their work back without showing all the other works to every student:
So this was definitely just a first try and a test, but I think it was worth it… I did an assignment 100% digitally, without handing out and collecting paper sheets, with doing all the correcting with digital ink. I have done this before within teh OneNote environment, but I want to give Office Forms a try. Office Forms is very easy to use, but I hope that there are more options for questions coming and you can easily create automatically evaluated questions. (EDIT: Seems this is already possible right now). I also wish for the ability to insert Audio, Video and Pictures into the questions AND answers.
The main reason, why I was trying Office Forms was the ability to get unique answers with the students unique Office 365 IDs. But in the future I will have a deeper look into using OneNote class notebooks as a testing environment or – of course – Microsoft Classroom. It will be crucial to future 1-to-1 classes in my school to have a good, reliabel and secure testing environment. I hope that the recently announced Windows 10 Anniversary Update will bring some really cool and easy to use features for setting up an exam environment
All in all I think there are other workflows better and easier, but I wanted to give it a try and see how far you could use the tools Microsoft provides to depict the whole testing process digitally, from designing the questions to giving back the final results.