Office 365 – Microsoft Forms

With the Microsoft Forms tool, you can create surveys, polls and surveys – and easily see results as they come in. When you create a survey or form, you can invite others to respond to it using any web browser, even on mobile devices. As results are submitted, you can use the light-weight, built-in analytics to evaluate responses. Form data can be easily exported to Excel for additional analysis.

Data collected via the Forms tool is safe and secure as part of the Office365 environment. Since the Forms tool is relatively simplistic in functionality, we recommend using alternatives for complex research activities, for example, for logic-based branching surveys, health-related information, truly anonymous data collection or for summative and high-stakes exam and similar assessment activities.

FORMS Features and Best Practices:

Forms: Key Features

The Microsoft Forms tool provides basic functionality for forms and surveys. It offers time-saving and efficient features, including:

  • re-usable template forms;
  • option to add pictures and videos to your survey;
  • collaborative design that allows you to co-edit forms with colleagues;
  • limited ability to administer basic anonymous surveys (note: there are limitations on the ability to restricting access to specific anonymous respondents).

Data collected via the Forms tool is safe and secure as part of the Office365 environment. Since the Forms tool is relatively simplistic in functionality, we recommend using alternatives for complex research activities, for example, for logic-based branching surveys, health-related information, truly anonymous data collection or for summative and high-stakes exam and similar assessment activities.

Forms: What they Should Not Be Used for and Other Best Practices

Data collected via the Forms tool is safe and secure as part of the Office365 environment. Since the Forms tool is relatively simplistic in functionality, we recommend using alternatives for complex research activities, for example, for logic-based branching surveys, health-related information, truly anonymous data collection, or for summative and high-stakes exam and similar assessment activities.

Likewise, the Forms tool should not be used for high-stakes educational activity, such as summative assessments or course evaluations (although use of the tool for informal course feedback is fine).