Office 365 Education now offers the Forms module for online assessment

Recently, Microsoft's Office 365 Education suite added Forms, a tool for creating and sharing online assessments.

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Recently, Microsoft's Office 365 Education suite added Forms, a tool for creating and sharing online assessments.

The component Forms, newly added to Microsoft Office 365 Education, allows you to create and share online assessments that save teachers a lot of scoring and preparation time.

Using a computer or mobile device, the Forms component is accessible to teachers and students of Quebec school boards by logging into their Office 365 Education account. It allows the creation of formative or summative evaluations, quizzes, surveys or questionnaires that are automatically registered online.

Essentially, the teacher creates their questions (short answer, essay or multiple choice) and determines the correct answers when necessary. It is also possible to mix them in order to avoid plagiarism, the answers being able, for example, to be identified as A for one student and B for another. The component also offers the possibility of adding photos and videos as a visual aid to the questions.

To access the questionnaire, students connect to their Office 365 email and follow a link previously sent by their teacher. When it is multiple choice, it corrects itself in real time and thereby provides instant feedback. Based on their responses, pre-defined automatic messages suggest they review concepts or check their textbook or whatever.

Safely saved in cloud mode, the responses and results are then exported by the teacher to an Excel file in order to be counted or analyzed in more detail. The teacher thus saves precious correction time.

For collaboration, Forms also allows forms to be shared with other Office 365 users or with non-users. By creating an accessibility link, several participants can access the same file, modify it and use it.

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Felipe Antaya
Felipe Antaya
Pursuing studies in educational technology, Felipe Antaya has worked for several years in the field of education at the secondary and college level. Holder of a master's degree in Quebec studies and a bachelor's degree in philosophy, he has also worked in the field of written media.

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