Immediate Feedback in a Google Form using BRANCHING

Part A: Using BRANCHING to allow multiple attempts

You can provide immediate feedback in a Google Form using the Branching/Go to Section option to allow students to retry the same question for incorrect responses.

To do this in a Google Form, place each MC question in one section and then make a second ‘retry’ section with the same question that all incorrect responses go to. In the second retry section, I let them know they missed the question and allow them to reattempt it. 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 can be used and does not interfere with the branching to the correct location.

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. I made a Google form template you can get here to see this structure.

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 again 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.

Part B: Using BRANCHING to go to a different section

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”

The link to this Google Form template is here. I also made a Group with all the Google Form templates for this article. If you sign-in and click open, all the forms used in this article are added to your Google Drive, and you can view and edit them. For more articles on Google Forms and SharingTree see our website blog. We are here to build a community of educators from around the world who share and collaborate on G Suite lessons. Try adding a lesson today at today.

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