Presented by: Troy Waller, Microsoft Learning Delivery Specialist
As your school moves from Remote Learning to a Hybrid Learning model (a combination of face-to-face and digital learning), you will need an easy way to assess student progress on an ongoing basis. Microsoft Forms is an assessment solution that will save you time, help differentiate instruction for all students and provide your students with just-in-time personalised feedback.
We designed Forms so you can confidently create assessments and easily see results as they come in. Forms lets anyone with an Office 365 Education account create and/or respond to assessments. When you want to assess how well your students understand a given topic, you can quickly create an assessment directly from your desktop or mobile web browser. You write the questions and then chooses an answer type, such as multiple choice, short answer or long answer. Forms is a great assessment tool because the question types are unique. Teachers can indicate the correct answer(s) while writing questions and can enter feedback for each answer.
When your assessment is ready for your students to take, you send a link or QR code, or embed the assessment into a web page, blog, LMS page, OneNote page, or a Stream video. Students can complete the assessment on their tablets, PCs or mobile phone.
What makes Forms unique and so valuable for busy educators is the automatic grading and embedded feedback functionality. Automatic grading greatly reduces the time you would spend marking and literally recovers hours of teacher time. Our feedback feature lets teachers personalise messages depending on how a student answers a question. For example, if a student answers a question incorrectly, they may get a message, such as: “The answer is incorrect. Please see p. 27 of your textbook.”
Accessing the real-time responses in Forms, you can quickly see formative data that shows where the class may need additional instruction or advance more rapidly. Forms responses are automatically exported to Microsoft Excel, saving you more time as you no longer need to collect that data. Of course, having all the results in Excel means you can undertake a richer analysis of the data.
Creating assignments for your students in Microsoft Teams is very simple. You can manage assignment timelines, instructions, adding resources to turn in and more. Adding to the richness of Forms, you can now create and send a Forms assessment to students using the Assignments feature in Microsoft Teams. After your students take the test in Teams, you can also grade it right inside Teams. It’s never been easier!
Recently we asked our MIE Experts for their feedback on Microsoft Forms.
“I use Forms for peer assessment. It allows me to scaffold feedback and ensure it is appropriate before collating and sharing it.”
Michelle Dennis, Head of Digital Learning and Innovation at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School
“We have used Microsoft Forms across a range of subjects this year. It is great for formative and summative assessments and easy to share amongst colleagues to build assessment task.”
Georgina Bishop, Deputy Head of Middle Years at Peninsula Grammar
“It is an excellent tool for formative assessment at any point on the teaching timeline. It allows for images and documents to be discussed for History. By providing a list of possible words that may or may not be appropriate to a source, and allowing multiple possible answers, students are challenged to demonstrate their understanding of nuances and definitions of terminology. This is a powerful way to teach perspective and interpretation.”
Marg Simkin, Head of Library at The Hamilton and Alexandra College
“Microsoft Forms is such a versatile tool. We use them for formative quizzes with branching content for flipped learning, exit tickets in Teams, surveys to collect valuable data and as an event form for professional learning. This is seriously one of my favourite tools that just keeps getting better.”
Simon Harper, teacher
“Forms is such a useful tool for formative assessment. I use it in class to gauge student understanding during the teaching of a concept. I can immediately see if the students are understanding the work being covered. This information can then be used to inform the next learning experience.”
James Jenkins, teacher
“How Forms works with groups in M365 is a very strong feature which supports team collaboration. No need to share the form on via a link you can simply build a team form that everyone has access to. Highlighting that, like all M365 products, the interoperability they provide creates enhanced team collaboration and communication.”
Dean Pearman, Head of Digital Learning
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