Setting Up Surveys in Blackboard (Movie 4:55)

Survey Settings do not include options for assigning scores because survey questions are not graded. When questions are added, you do not specify which answers are correct, i.e., a survey does not have a correct answer.

NOTE: All surveys are anonymous by default, you cannot determine which users selected a particular response.


  1. On the Control Panel, under Course Tools, click Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. On the Tests, Surveys, and Pools page, click Surveys.
  3. On the Surveys page, click Build Survey.
  4. On the Survey Information page, enter the survey Name
  5. Also enter the survey Description and enter any Instructions.
  6. Click Submit.
  7. On the Survey Canvas page, click Question Settings on the Action Bar.
  8. On the Survey Question Settings page, check boxes for your selections.
  9. Click Submit.
  10. On the Survey Canvas page, add the questions. Repeat this step for each question you want to add.
    Click Submit.

Topic: Deploying Surveys within Content Areas

  1. In Edit Mode, navigate to the Content Area where you want to deploy the survey.
  2. Tab over the Assessments content button.
  3. On the Create Assessment drop-down list, select Survey.
  4. On the Create Survey page, select the survey from the Add Survey box.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Specify the name of the survey.
  7. Enter a description of the survey
  8. Select whether you want to make this survey available to your students and if you want to add an announcement.
  9. Select various options about how the survey is deployed.
  10. Select when you want the survey to be displayed from and until.
  11. Select a Due Date for the survey.
  12. Select a late Due Date.
  13. Select the type of feedback your students will receive.
  14. Select how the survey will be presented.
  15. Click Submit.

    Viewing the Survey Results

    For each survey, you can view the aggregate responses to each question, including the distribution of student responses for each question.

    QUICK STEPS:  viewing aggregate survey results

    1. In the Grade Center, click the survey column’s Action Link to access the contextual menu.
    2. Select “Attempts Statistics”.
    3. On the Test Statistics page, review the statistics.
    4. Click OK at the bottom of the page to return to the Grade Center.

    In the Grade Center, a check mark indicates the survey has been completed.

    The response rates provide the percentage of students who chose each answer.

Need Help?

  • Call our Blackboard Help line 24 hours a day, every day at (213) 740-5555 and choose option 2.
  • Faculty can request help and training from USC’s Enterprise Learning Technologies group by submitting a request to