Blackboard Tip: How to Use Surveys

Surveys are ungraded assessments that you can use to poll your students. They are very similar in Blackboard to tests, including sending results to the grade center, but can’t be given a point value.

Here’s a video covering the step-by-step on creating a survey.

Once you’ve created your survey, it’s much like a test — the survey options (except for the gradebook stuff) follow the test options and you can even assign a due date or use the survey for opening an adaptive release rule.

Once deployed, you’ll see a new column in the full grade center for your survey and green check marks in the cells of the students who have completed it.

Keep in mind, though, that survey results are meant to be anonymous. The course won’t show how any one user answered. So, if you’re looking for more of a self-assessment or are asking questions that have a right and wrong answer (even if not awarding points), don’t be afraid to use the test content item instead.

Reviewing survey results

Once you’re ready to look at the survey results, go to the full grade center and click on “download results” from the column’s header chevron.


This will prompt your browser to download an Excel file with the information. (Here’s my very basic example: survey.)

You can manage surveys, just like tests, from the Tests, Surveys and Pools area under Course Tools.


Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at

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3 comments on “Blackboard Tip: How to Use Surveys
  1. jgarvey4 says:

    I have a question, I would like to know how other departments that use an outside website similar to our Serv safe lab, such as my math lab, etc incorporate the two sites, BB and myserv safe lab into their lessons?

    thank you

    Jo Anne Garvey CEC Chef Instructor Institute for the Culinary Arts Metropolitan Community College Omaha, Ne ________________________________

  2. IDS@MCC says:

    Good question. For the gradebook, you can enter manual columns to type in the outside-website grades (

    Various departments have different levels of integration based on their needs and their specific publisher. Most have work done in Blackboard and work done in “outside site.” The instructor then enters grade information from outside website into Blackboard’s grade center to calculate a final grade.

    If you have specific questions or would like some consultation, please email Thanks for your comment!

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