Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Questionnaire plugin in Moodle vs SurveyMonkey

A few years back I compared the "Feedback" tool in Moodle with SurveyMonkey.

"Feedback" is one of the standard Moodle activity types, but it doesn't seem to be getting a lot of love from developers. I haven't seen any major improvement in its features from Moodle 2.1 to 3.5 over the past eight years.

One major drawback of the Feedback tool is that it is still not possible to include matrix-type questions (with rows for statements and columns for marking choices).

Here's where the "Questionnaire" plugin offers a compelling alternative, because you can create questions such as this:

Source: Moodle Docs for Questionnaire plugin

SurveyMonkey will probably always have a better user interface, a greater variety of question types, and more options to analyse responses than any feedback/questionnaire tool in Moodle.

But the Moodle Questionnaire plugin may be a better option if the following statements resonate with you.
  • Your course participants don’t have to go to a different site to take the survey – there’s no break from the course experience.
  • You can make survey completion part of the formula/criteria for participants to complete the course.
  • Even if you set the survey in anonymous mode, you can check which participants have completed the survey (though you can’t match the responses with the participants) and you can send a follow-up message with the non-responders.
  • You can easily refer to surveys used in previous courses to check which questions were included, view/download the responses again, etc.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your analysis. I need an anonymous feedback module in which users get a grade (100 %) upon completion. The Moodle feedback module has every feature I need, except for the grading option. My only problem with the questionaire plug-in is that I do not find any provision for cloning of feedback surveys. I want the same survey after each course day. Here the feedback module is best as sets of questions can be saved to templates.