With Office 365 launched this week, here are four easy ways to include an assessment – quiz, test, exam or survey – within Office 365. These methods all work with SharePoint Online, the SharePoint component of Office 365.
1. Use a SharePoint survey
SharePoint has a native survey capability. You can easily create learning evaluation or other surveys for your colleagues or learners to answer.
Creating a SharePoint survey is really easy – it’s simply one of the options when you create a new List in SharePoint as shown in the screenshot below.
2. Embed a knowledge check or other quiz or test within SharePoint
Although SharePoint allows surveys natively, it doesn’t have an inbuilt capability to create and deliver quizzes and tests, so you’ll need an associated program to do this. Several programs let you do this, including Questionmark Perception. The easiest way to include an assessment inside SharePoint is using the Page Viewer web part, which takes a few simple steps to include an assessment on any SharePoint page.
See my post “Easily include a knowledge check assessment on a SharePoint page with the Page Viewer Web Part” for instructions on how to do this. See the screenshot below for an illustration of Learning Content on the left and a Knowledge Check on the right.
3. Include an assessment on your Office 365 public website
Associated with SharePoint within Office 365 is the public website, which lets you create a simple, public face of your organization. The public website is SharePoint-like but different. See my post “How to put an assessment in your Office 365 SharePoint Online Public Website” for how to embed a quiz or survey on a public Office 365 website.
4. Use a custom list to ask for information
SharePoint lists let you collate many kinds of information together, you can easily use them to create forms that people fill in – for a skill survey, for comments on learning or for many other information gathering purposes. Here for example is an illustration form (created using out of the box Office 365 List capability in literally 5 minutes) to capture comments on a learning programme:
I’ve been playing with the beta of Office 365 and am very impressed – almost all the power of SharePoint and Exchange without the work involved installing and managing it. I’ll keep you posted on my experience using the production version and more on how to use assessments on it. I’d also love to hear from others using Office 365 for learning and assessment.