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Questionnaires are learning resources in OpenOlat that can be integrated into (several) courses and made available to people in this way.

Questionnaires can be used to evaluate online courses and blended learning events both as a final evaluation and as formative feedback. With a questionnaire you can determine the expectations of the participants at the beginning of the course or evaluate the course offering at the end of the course.

Questionnaires are created using the Questionnaire Editor and can include different question types. Each questionnaire consists of a page with one or more questions. Like all learning resources, a questionnaire can also be copied, exported, and deleted.

Using the course element "Survey", a questionnaire can be added to a course and then completed by the participants. In addition, questionnaires can also be used as a rubric evaluation in the course element "Assessment".

OpenOlat ensures that each course participant can only complete the questionnaire once. Questionnaire results are saved anonymously by default. However, personalization is possible.

A new learning resource "Survey" has been used since OpenOlat Version 13.  It is not possible to automaticly transfer old questionnaires into the new format! Consider which question types are suitable for your new survey. Tip for transfer: For questions with the same answer scale, it is advisable to use the question type rubric.

Before using the Questionnaire Editor, we recommend that you consider a concept for the survey and prepare the questions. This allows you to quickly create the survey using copy+paste.

Editing surveys

As soon as a questionnaire has been integrated into a course and the first participant has called up this course element, only limited changes can be made under "Edit content". An exchange of the questionnaire in the course element "Survey" is not possible.

Why is this so? Assuming you could still add questions to an integrated questionnaire, not all people would meet the same requirements. On the other hand, results may already have been saved that cannot be clearly assigned to a version of the questionnaire file after the change. Therefore the editing of already integrated questionnaires is strongly restricted.

If you want to change a questionnaire after its integration into the course, simply add a new course element "Survey" and re-integrate the questionnaire there. A change in the same element is not possible.


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