Mid-Semester Unit Survey

How to link the Mid-Semester Unit Survey to your Blackboard course.

There are two ways in which you can do this.  You can use MS Forms (part of the Microsoft 365 suite) or use Qualtrics if you have access to it.  With MS Forms, you can use our form template to get you started.

Alternatively, the advantage of using Qualtrics is that you can embed the form directly into Blackboard, whereas MS Forms will link out and away from Bb. (Thanks to Alexander Gunz for this top tip and instructions.)

Skip to the Qualtrics method here.


MS Forms method

Step 1:

  • Duplicate this form to your own account by clicking the green ‘Duplicate it’ button in the top right-hand corner (as shown in the picture below, circled in red).

Step 1, showing the position of the Duplicate It button at top-right of the form.


Step 2

  • 2.1 Click the green ‘Collect responses’ button (circled in red below):

Indicates the Collect Responses button, which is top-right of the copied form.

  • 2.2 Select your preferred privacy setting, (recommended = ‘Only people in The University of Manchester can respond’):

Indicates the Only people in The University of Manchester can respond setting. Also checked is once response per person, the record name box is unchecked.


  • 2.3 Click ‘Copy link’ on the right-hand side of the window that pops up. You can also choose to shorten the URL by ticking the checkbox that appears underneath:

Indicates the "copy link" button, on the right hand side of the form, next to the URL of the form.


Step 3: Copy the URL to your Blackboard course

  • 3.1 With the link copied to your clipboard, open the Blackboard page where you would like to link the form. Select ‘Build Content’ and choose the option ‘Web link’ (both circled in red). Indicates the Build Content drop-down menu and the Web Link item within that menu.


  • 3.2 Title the link with the name of your survey and paste the copied URL into the relevant box. Scroll down to add a description to tell students what to do, and to choose visibility options or restrictions.

Indicates the Name and URL fields in the Web Link Information section of the Create Web Link form in Blackboard. Below this is the Description textbox.


Step 4: Post an announcement on Blackboard to your participants.

  • 4.1 On the Home Page of your Blackboard space, click ‘More announcements…’ Indicates the More Announcements link within the Announcements section of the Blackboard course's Home page.


  • 4.2 Select ‘Create Announcement’ Indicates the Create Announcement button


  • 4.3 Title your announcement and describe where the survey is linked in the page. Scroll down to add further details and links. Click ‘Submit’ in the bottom right-hand corner to complete.
    Indicates the Announcement creation form, with a Subject which says: Mis-Semester Course Unit Survey - Please Complete! Following this, the Not Date Restricted item is seleted. The message for the announcement in this example says: This sememter's course unit survey is linked in the Course Content of this Blackboard page, please use the link to complete the survey by the end of this week.


Qualtrics method

With Qualtrics, you can embed the form directly into Blackboard so that students don’t have to click any links to answer the questions (response rates for humans drop every we have to click on something).

  • 1. Copy your questions into a blank Qualtrics survey
  • 2. Obtain link for new survey
  • 3. On Blackboard create a new “item”
  • 4. Click the same “Source Code” button (it looks like “<>”)


    Indicates the Source Code button, 3rd row of the toolbar

  • 5. It will pop open a text window into which you enter the following code:


    <iframe width=”100%” height=”400″ src=”https://SURVEY_LINK”>

    Insert your survey link.  Change the width or height values as desired (if you leave them out, it apparently defaults to squeezing the survey into a small box)


  • 6. You need to put a title on the item. I use: “A quick mid-semester check-in (please only do once – it’s not smart enough to hide after you’ve done it)”

(Thanks to Alexander Gunz for suggesting this method.)