I believe it is very important to create a class community in online courses. One strategy I use is to collect students’ bios using a Google form embedded into my Blackboard course. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Go to Google Drive click on “create” then “form”
Step 2: Choose a theme for your form, or you can keep it as a simple text form. I like to have fun with them and use a creative theme.
Step 3: You can now add all the survey questions you would like to. You can use short answer or multiple-choice. In my online course I like to use the following questions: name, bio/interests, technology skill level, number of online courses taken, and what topics they are most excited to learn about in the course.
Step 4: Now that you have completed the form you are ready to embed it. Go to “file” then “embed”. Then copy the html embed code.
Step 5: Now go to Blackboard and choose “build content” Click on add “item”.
Step 6: In the textbox editor click on the html button and then paste in the html embed code.
Step 7: You now have your form embedded in Blackboard! Here is an example:
Step 8: Now you need to provide a link to the results page. Go to build content and then “web link”. I like to set it to open in Blackboard.
If you have any questions or want to share other ways of using Google forms please comment below!