TypeForm Review

I currently use Google forms for multiple work tasks, especially gathering student feedback and quickly assessing writing samples. Most of my students will encounter at least one, if not a dozen, Google forms over the course of a semester, like the one below from a freshman-level technical writing class.

screen capture of a google form for a group evaluation

I like being able to export the resulting data as an Excel spreadsheet, not to mention sharing any particular form results with another Google user. But I always like to try out other free online form sites, so today, I’m taking a look at Typeform.

I signed up for a free account and then skipped the overview video (I always do this, to get a sense for how intuitive the user interface is). Creating a new form is as simple as clicking on the box with the big + sign and then choosing a template or “from scratch.” I counted about 37 different templates, with themes like student satisfaction, teacher evaluation, sports sign-up, party RSVP, self-evaluation, and so on. I selected the Demographic Survey and got this:

choosing a demographic survey

It was pretty easy to figure out that the next step would be “Customize this template” in the bottom right corner, and as you might expect with a template, it’s pre-populated with several questions. Hover over a question bar with the mouse, and you get a menu on the far right that lets you modify and/or delete that specific item. Click on the question bar, and you enter the editing menu, which allows you to set whether or not the answer choices are randomized or required.

demo2

Adding a new question type is as basic as drag-n-drop. With the opinion scale, I could add an image or even video, as long as the file size was relatively small — great for creating student quizzes.

dragging a new question type into the form

Once the form is ready to go, you click “Distribute” to get the stable URL and scripts / codes to add the form to a web page.

Overall, I think that the results that the end user sees would be far more visually impressive than a Google form, especially since it’s so easy to render answer choices with graphics. As someone who creates forms on a computer with a keyboard, however, sometimes I really appreciate the bare-bones options. I suspect that tablet users will enjoy the drag-n-drop functionality of TypeForm.

Interested in learning more? Check out their samples gallery.

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