How to give delayed FEEDBACK in a Google Form

Google Forms has several features that can provide feedback at different times based on responses to questions. This article covers how to provide DELAYED feedback after a form is submitted. We have another article on how to give IMMEDIATE feedback during a Google Form as well. 

Some of the WHY questions for using immediate (during) or delayed Some of the WHY questions for using immediate (during) or delayed feedback (after submission) are discussed below by Christy Tucker. This article’s focus is to show HOW to provide DELAYED feedback after a Google Form is submitted. 

From Christy Tucker’s article on Immediate vs Delayed Feedback

Providing feedback after a Google Form is submitted can help a student prepare for a future assessment or improve their current score if they can retake the assessment. We will show three options to allow retakes using Settings (gear icon) -> General.

Part A: How to allow RETAKES for a Google Form (three options)

General Settings for a Google Form to allow retakes

Option 1 – Select both ‘Limit to 1 Response‘ and ‘Edit after submission

In option 1, you select both ‘Limit to 1 response‘ and ‘Edit after submit‘. When both of these options selected, a form is limited to one attempt that they can edit after submission. When a student completes a form and clicks ‘Submit’, they will see two options. The first option is to ‘View score’, and the second option is to ‘Edit your response’.

The ‘View score‘ button will show which of their responses were correct or incorrect. They can also view any feedback you provide for each question, and we cover how to do this in Part C. The  ‘Edit your response’ link allows them to retry the quiz, and all their previous responses will show and can be changed. Using these settings, an instructor will only see a student’s final score and not any information on their number of attempts. The next method will let you track how many attempts they make.  

Option 2 – Do not select ‘Limit to 1 Response‘ or ‘Edit after submission

For option 2, you do not select either ‘Limit to 1 response‘ or ‘Edit after submit‘. Now when the student submits their form, they will only see the ‘View Score‘ option.

View Score only option for Google Form

A student will be able to go back to the link for the Google Form and retake it. Using option 2, the instructor can see how many reattempts a student makes and their score for each attempt. The downside is the student must enter all their answers for each attempt.

Option 3 – Select only ‘Limit to 1 Response

A third option is to select ‘Limit to 1 response’ and not select ‘Edit after submit’. Now students are in a typical summative assessment format with only one attempt. You can require students to do corrections using the feedback from the ‘View score‘ button, and then after them, you can delete their response from the Response screen on the Google Form, allowing them a manual retake. 

Delete option for student response in Google Form

For option 3, it can be challenging to find the correct student response to delete, but you can open the email select box and use the three dots icon (⋮) with the Find option to search for a particular student’s response to delete.

Search responses to a Form using the Find option

Another option is to use a second identical/similar quiz and provide the student the URL or password for the retake Google Form once you review their corrections. This avoids the hassle of deleting their response but it can also complicate importing scores if you use the form with Google Classroom. In the next part, we will cover HOW to give feedback.

Part B: Setting up your Google Form as a Quiz

In a Google Form to provide feedback, you must set enable the QUIZ option. You can set up a Google Form as a QUIZ by going to the settings (gear icon) and selecting Quizzes.

Enabling Quiz option for a Google Form

Here you can also set what shows when a student submits a form. For a formative assessment where I want to provide feedback and allow retakes, I use the following options.

Example Formative Quiz setting for a Google Form

For a summative assessment where I do not want to provide feedback or retakes, I use these settings.

Example Summative Quiz settings for a Google Form

The rest of this article will focus on the formative type of Google Form quiz and HOW to provide feedback.

Part C: Answers and Feedback on a Google Form Quiz

Now that you have your Google Form set as a Quiz, you can provide an answer for each question and feedback.

To add feedback, select Answer Key, then Add answer feedback and complete the Add feedback dialog box. You have the option of using text, URL link, or a video for feedback. You can provide feedback for both incorrect and correct responses. The feedback you provide is shown when a student selects ‘View score‘ after submitting the form. The video below by Richard Bryne walks you through the process of adding feedback to a question.

How to add answer feedback to quizzes in Google Forms by Richard Byrne

How to give immediate FEEDBACK during a Google Form

Google Forms has several features that can provide feedback at different times based on responses to questions.

Some of the WHY questions for using immediate (during) or delayed feedback (after submission) are discussed below by Christy Tucker. The focus of this article is to show HOW to provide immediate feedback during a Google Form.

From Christy Tucker’s article on Immediate vs Delayed Feedback

Part 1 – Immediate Feedback during a Google Form

Google Forms provides two ways to provide immediate feedback. These are Branching/Go to section for MC questions or using Response validation for short answer. For a complete list of question types Forms supports see this link from Google.

Two ways to provide immediate feedback during a Google Form

I have sample forms with questions that you can use as a template for each feedback type we discuss. If you click the link above all the Google forms and a google sheet with all the article links can be added to your Google Drive. Some of the settings required in Forms are not obvious, so having an example can be helpful. In this article, I’ll describe examples for each feedback type and how I use them with my students.

Part 1.1-Branching or Go to Section

A simple way to use Branching/Go to Section is to circle back to the same MC question for incorrect responses and only move forward if the correct answer is selected.

To do this in a Google Form, I place each MC question in a section and then make a second section with the same question, letting them know they missed it and can reattempt the question. This feedback type example requires the student to select the correct response before moving on to the next question. The only difference between this and a standard MC question is using the three dots option to select ‘Go to section based on answer‘. Shuffling the option order is also fine but not required for branching.

Google Form three dots (⋮) option for ‘Go to section based on answer’

The next two images show the original question section and the retry section using the ‘Go to section’ option.

The original MC question with branching to retry the same question or go to the next question for “correct” response

I name the retry section with the question number and some text to indicate they made an incorrect selection. I then place a duplicate copy of the question in this section, and all incorrect responses go to this one retry section.

Example of retry section for Question #1

I make all the questions ‘Required‘ and you can choose to make the Form a QUIZ and give point values to each question. You can make a correct response to the original question worth a certain point value and a correct retry attempt worth fewer points. Using original and retry point values can help you understand how many attempts students are taking and discourage guessing. I use this question format for lessons and weekly assignments to gauge student completion. Here is the link to the template Google Form using the basic two-section feedback method. Another option is for each incorrect response to go to a different section with specific feedback for that response.

Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning has a good article on using this branching ability to give specific instruction based on each response and Alice Keeler also discusses this in her article “Fast: Create a Branching Google Form“. This instruction could include a mini-lesson using text, images, or video added to a review/retry section of the form. Only students who responded a certain way would view this section. 

Example of branching flow from Kasey Bell’s article “How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms”

Part 1.2-Response Validation

Megan Kelly’s article on Response Validation

The second method you can use for immediate feedback during a Google form is ‘Response validation‘. This feedback only works for short answer questions, and it requires the response to be a specific word(s) or numeric value before going to the next question or section. Megan Kelly has a good article on different ways this feedback option can be used.

You access ‘Response validation’ using the vertical three dots (⋮) option. This example shows using a range of values for validation with multiple correct answers based on the graph.

My Google Form template showing this feedback method is here and all the forms and articles are part of the group “Types of Feedback in Google Forms“.

Group with all Forms and Article Links

Lastly, if you have a complicated response requirement like multiple words or a phone number Google allows using a Regular Expression for the response validation. In part two of this topic, we cover feedback options after the form is submitted.

Using Form Builder to turn a Google Sheet/Doc into a Form

Form Builder helps you to build a Google Form in a fast and straightforward way by importing fields/questions/answers from a Google Doc or Google Sheet. Google Forms are flexible and can include questions, text sections, images, or videos. You can always build a survey or quiz directly in Google Forms, and lots of videos show this process. The additional options I wanted to share are creating a Google Form from a Google Doc or Sheet. 

Part 1: Google Doc to Google Form

If you have a survey or quiz as a Google Doc, you can “import it” to Google Forms using the Form Builder add-on. I’ll show this process using a Google Doc with a student info section followed by four questions. 

Example Google Doc

Next, you navigate to Add-ons from the top toolbar and select ‘Get add-ons‘ or ‘Form Builder for Docs -> Start‘. 

Starting or Get Form Builder Add-on

From here, I made two videos showing the process of Getting the Add-on and using it.

If you want to download and follow along with the videos, I made a group in SharingTree with the Google Doc, Google Form, and video links. Just click “Open” to have everything added to your Google Drive so you can follow along and modify to make your own Google Form from a Google Doc.

Group in SharingTree with Google Doc, Google Form and Links to Videos

Once you click ‘Open‘, a folder is added in your Google Drive with the Google Doc used in the video, the matching Google Form, and a Google Sheet with links to the How-to videos

Files in your Google Drive after ‘Open’

If you have any issues or suggestions, the developers of Form Builder can be reached here and are very responsive. 

Part 2: Google Sheet to Google Form

Using a Google Sheet provides the ability to set many Google Form options like the question type, point value, required options. This ability makes writing questions in Google Sheets much quicker than entering each one in Google Forms directly. I made a Group with templates and videos for this section as well if you want to try them out. We start with the Google Sheet shown below.

Google Sheet Template

When you use a Google Sheet Form Builder uses a feature called ‘Automatic Mapping‘ to identify the type of field/question/answer based on the column heading. The Google Sheet template I used has a number of these options set, and clicking the link above shows you all the possible options. The complete list of question types Form Builder supports is below. 

From Builder for Sheets – Supported Question Types

The magic happens in Form Builder when you check the ‘Range includes header‘ option, and your fields/questions are automatically recognized. I again made two videos showing the process of Getting the Add-on and using it.

Selecting options in Form Builder for Question/Field Import

If you make a Google Form from a Google Doc or Sheet and Form Builder, it would be helpful to share both as a Group in SharingTree so users can easily edit and then submit their version as a Collaboration. Our goal at SharingTree is always to help you share and collaborate with others. Let us know at contact@sharingtree.net if you have any questions or suggestions.

What is a Leaf?

Content that is published to SharingTree is called a Leaf. Any file in your Google Drive or on an electronic device can be published in minutes using our service. You can choose to publish your original content for free or charge any price. Users then use Paypal for paid content or just OPEN the leaf to have it transferred directly to their Google Drive. Publishers can also add a title, tags, and a description to help others find their content. For education resources, the grade level and standards can also be entered. Leaves looks like the following in SharingTree:

Leaf Page
Preview of Leaf

For Leaves you have published you can also revise any information and add different preview images to it by going to Leaves -> Published

You also have the option to delete any content you have published using the Trash can or Remove options.

If you would like us to add additional features let us know by going to Account -> Contact

What is a Group?

A Group is a collection of content from one publisher. They can include leaves (published content), images, and links to YouTube videos. Groups are easily recognized in SharingTree by their blue Group banner in the upper left corner.

Group Preview Page

Purchasing or opening a free group creates a folder in your Google Drive with all the content inside in one simple click!


Editable content can then be customized for your personal use. We also include a Google sheet in the Group folder with links to all the images and YouTube videos. Groups can be offered at a discount compared to purchasing the individual Leaves and you also qualify for free updates or additions to any content in the group. Check out shared “Groups” by going to the right toolbar on the desktop or clicking the three dots ( ⋮ ) icon on mobile . And all of this works identically on your phone as long as you have Google Drive app installed (see link below).

Google Drive App (iOS)

Google Drive App (Android)

Right Toolbar with Leaf and Group search options

Hopefully we have inspired you to share your content 🙂 Start by clicking ‘Add a Leaf today or to publish a Group by going to Groups -> Published -> New Group. For more on how to make a Group see this article.

Option to make a ‘New Group

What is a Collab?

Collabs are free content (Leaves) published under a copyright option that allows others to “remix” and publish a modified version of the original file. This article focuses on the WHY behind collabs and then how SharingTree supports collaborations on remixable content.

As teachers, Eddie and I spent a lot of time developing custom G Suite lessons for our students alone. As we talked, we realized we wanted to build a community where teachers from around the world could collaborate and not have to create content by themselves. One day we drew out a tree diagram, like the one shown below, to model the sharing of lessons, and this image led to the name SharingTree. It is also why we call published content ‘leaves’.

Tree Diagram showing sharing of remixed content and our Original SharingTree Logo

When you publish a lesson using a remix license, you are allowing others to collaborate and share their version with our community. SharingTree will always provide the ability to charge for copyrighted content, but we also want to provide tools to make collaborating on lessons with teachers from around the world possible. The next part of this article shows how we enable collaborations on SharingTree.

How do I find remixable content?

You can search for remixable leaves using the ‘Collab’ option on the right toolbar. Anytime you ‘Open’ a free leaf on SharingTree and notice it has a ‘Collabs’ button next to it, then the leaf can be remixed.

Right search bar with “Collab” option selected to find remixable leaves
Collabs” button shows on all remixable leaves

How do I add a remixed lesson?

Clicking the ‘Collabs‘ button will take you to the bottom page where other Collab leaves based on the original are shown. Here you also have the option to add your own remix using the ‘Add a Collab‘ button.

When you click the ‘Add a Collab‘ button, you select a file from your Google Drive or Device to publish just like ‘Add a Leaf‘. The file you publish should relate to the original (extension, different format, modified grade level, etc.) and it will inherit the same copyright options. Using ‘Add a Collab‘ links your new remix to the original in the Collab section of both leaves. Your new Collab will be marked with a yellow ‘Collab‘ label to distinguish it from the original with a green ‘Leaf’ label.

Video showing linking between Original Leaf and Leaf publish using “Add a Collab”

Try ‘Add a Leaf‘ or ‘Add a Collab‘ today. We are excited to build this community with you.

Who are we?

SharingTree was started by two teachers, Eddie and Dave. Our goal is to allow people to easily publish content from their Google Drive and collaborate with others from around the world.

Eddie and Dave are both science teachers in Oceanside, CA. Oceanside is about 20 miles north of San Diego and enjoys temperate weather most of the year.

Eddie moved to Oceanside, CA in 1986 and was raised by a hard-working single mom. He grew up skateboarding the streets of Oceanside during the birth of street skating. Science and Art have always been something he enjoys. Eddie is a 2001 graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor’s degree in Crop Science and minor in Plant Pathology. After graduating, he worked in Africa, helping farmers with crop production and plant disease problems. Eddie taught for 12 years in Pomona at the high school and middle level and then returned to Cal Poly for a Master’s degree in Educational Technology in 2013. He has been a high school science teacher in Oceanside Unified School district since 2013.

When Eddie is not helping around the house with his two boys, he enjoys doing bodywork on vintage cars and scooters, organic gardening, video game programming, and skateboarding.

Dave grew up in the Bay Area and moved to Carlsbad after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999. He worked as an engineer for the Navy and then transferred into teaching 15 years ago. Dave currently teaches physics at Oceanside High School and recently adding engineering courses to support their new STEM pathway. His hobbies outside of education are his family, biking, CrossFit, coffee, and donuts.

If you have any feedback about SharingTree or how we can better help G Suite users collaborate, please reach out to us at contact@sharingtree.net. We are excited to build this community with you.

How do I make a Group?

A group is a collection of leaves (published files), and it can also include YouTube videos and images with or without links. Users can open/purchase all the content in a Group in one click, and SharingTree makes a folder in their Google Drive with all the content for that Group.

To make a Group open the left account toolbar using the three bars icon (☰), then navigate to Groups -> Published.

Going to Accounts (☰) then Groups -> Published

Once here, you can make a new group or update any published groups.

Click the ‘+’ to make a New Group

You start by selecting a Group name. Hyphens are the only special character allowed. This name will also be part of the URL for the group.

Make a Group options

Next, you can select any published leaves to include in the Group, add a Youtube video, and any images with or without a URL link.

Lastly, you will identify a resource type, short description, optional long description, and a price ($0 for free) for the Group and click Save.

An example group to view is Kelly Hilton’s The First Days of School. This group contains resources from her ebook by the same title. When a user Opens/Purchases a Group, all the leaves (files) are added directly to their Google Drive in a folder with the Group name, and an additional spreadsheet called Other Content shows links to all additional resources.

Group transferred to user’s Google Drive

Let us know how our Group feature works for you and if you have any suggestions to improve it. Try publishing your first Leaf or Group today.

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