This is the 4th installment on using Microsoft Forms in the classroom. This week we have covered how to use Microsoft Forms to create a survey and how to use Microsoft Forms to create a quiz. When the Math Quiz generator in OneNote debuted in June, I couldn’t wait and covered that awesome feature right before ISTE. Today we will look at one of the coolest tools in Microsoft Forms, Branching.
How Branching Works
Branching means sending different students or respondents to different questions based on their answers. Think of it as choose your own adventure for quizzes and surveys. Unlike in Google’s version of Forms, where you have to plan well ahead, because you have to create sections, and put question sin the right sections, and certain responses send you to certain sections, and if you decide to try that after you started building your quiz, so you really just need to start over, branching in Microsoft Forms couldn’t be simpler.
Branching only functions in the Choice question-type, but it does so even when you turn on the drop-down option. You cannot use branching with questions with multiple answers. (Think about, which one would it send you to?)
To use branching, create your quiz or survey first. You may find it useful to write out a “map” of where you want different responses to send users if it’s going to be complicated. Then, in the top right corner next to the Share button, click on the ellipses.
Next, click on Branching.
Branching from a question
Now when you click on any question, your branching options will appear for that question. Most question types will simply have a drop-down list underneath the question to select which question to go to after answering that question. It may seem like that isn’t useful if you can’t vary that by answer.
But consider this:
If you answer question 1 correctly, a multiple choice question, you go on to question 2. If, however, you answer it incorrectly, you are sent to question 11, which is an open-ended (text) question asking you to explain your answer. I can then send you back to go on with question 2.
Branching from an Answer Choice
When you click on a Choice question, you have branching options for each answer choice. This is true both from standard Choice questions, and those that you enable drop-down menu for. In a survey, this could work like this.
“Did you purchase from the food truck on Monday?”
If you answer “Yes”, you are sent to the question to give feedback about that food truck.
If you answer “No”, I can either send you on to Tuesday’s food truck, or I can send you to a question asking why you didn’t purchase from Monday’s food truck.
Alternately, in a
quiz, branching could look like this:
If you answer a question correctly, you go on to a harder question. If you answer incorrectly, go to an easier question or a similar question. Or, if you answer a question incorrectly, you can be directed to a “question” that has more instructions than you would put into the feedback space.