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How do I set up a Survey?

Surveys on Brightspace are very similar to the Quizzes tool in most ways. There are a couple of key differences.

  1. Unlike Quizzes, Surveys can be made anonymous so the instructor cannot see who submitted them.
  2. Surveys cannot be connected to Grades, meaning that they are better suited to informal information gathering rather than class work or assignments.

Create your survey in your Brightspace course by clicking on the tab called Activities & Assessments, then click on the Surveys option from the drop-down menu.


Click the big blue New Survey button to create your survey. In the new survey screen, give your survey a name and select the options that apply to your survey. If you have questions about the available options, click on the little question marks next to the options for more information. Be sure to click on the Restrictions tab to set up time and user restrictions. The Reports Setup tab will allow you to create a report to see your results after the survey is over. 

Now the only thing missing is the survey questions. You can create new survey questions or re-use questions from a previous quiz or survey. Check out our guide on creating and adding questions to a quiz as the process is mostly the same. 

Inviting students to take the Survey

Once your quiz is complete, you will need to let students know where to find it and when it will be available. You can easily add Surveys to your Content area by clicking on Existing Activities and then Surveys. Then you choose your Survey from the list and Brightspace will create a link to your Survey in the Content area.


You can also add Surveys to Announcements, Emails, or other text boxes within Brightspace using the Quicklinks button from within any text box.

As always, if you have questions, reach out to us at Brightspace support.