Response Validation with Google Forms

While Google Slides is my most used GSuite app, Google Forms is a close second.  I have used Google Forms in a variety of ways over the years, such as:

  • Creating assignments and assessments for students.
  • Creating a system for peer to peer feedback with immediate results.
  • Creating self-assessments for educators.
  • Creating and delivering surveys to students and staff members.
  • And more…!

I could go on and on about all of the ways that I have used Google Forms over the years but that is probably best for another blog post.  In this post, I want to share with you one of my favorite features in Google Forms: Response Validation.  Response validation is a way that you can create rules for users to follow as they fill out your Google Form.  For example, if you want students to be required to enter a particular answer before they can move on to the next page, then you can create a rule that only allows that specific answer.

Interested in learning more?  Watch this video below!

Want to go into greater detail?  Visit this tutorial: Response Validation in Google Forms Details

How Can I Use This in the Classroom?

As always, I want to bring the focus back to pedagogy and how this can be used in the classroom to support student learning.  Below I have listed five ways that you can use response validation in your classroom:

1.) BreakoutEDU Digital Games

More than anything else, I have used response validation to create “locks” for BreakoutEDU Digital games.  In these games, students have to break a series of codes and input them into the form to unlock it.  Click HERE for an example!

2.) Lesson Practice, Homework, and Assessments

In a similar way to the BreakoutEDU, you could also create lesson practice, homework, or assessments where the students have to input the correct answer before moving onto the next page or submitting the form.

3.) Password for Assessments

If you use Google Forms for assessments, it can be really helpful to create a lock on the assessments that the students and/or teachers have to input before entering the assessment.  In my classroom, I have always allowed my students to retake assessments in different versions.  By having a lock on the assessments, I can ensure that the students are only taking the assessments that they should be taking.

4.) Require Specific Character Length for Responses

Have you ever assigned students a short response answer but wanted to give them a minimum character length?  You can do that with Google Forms!  This is a great way to get longer responses for students on short response or paragraph answers.

5.) Specify Number of Correct Answers.

In the assessments I give my students, I regularly have questions that have checkbox answers with multiple correct answers.  One thing that can be misleading for students is whether they need to check 2, 3, 4, etc boxes.  With this feature, you can specify the number of correct answers to add more clarity to the question.

Have you used the response validation in your classroom?  If so, in what ways have you used it to support student learning?  Share your comments below!

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