Let Teams Grade For You (or How to Use Forms in Teams Assignments)

A couple weeks back, we showed you how to use Teams to create assignments. However we glossed over another option in Assignments, which is to use Microsoft’s Forms.

This can be a powerful option for quick formative assessments that, if objective, will automatically score them and give those results back to students.

Read below to find out how you can create assignments using Forms.


Create a quiz in Microsoft Teams

Create assignments for your students in Microsoft Teams. Manage due dates, instructions, adding resources to turn in, and more.

  1. Navigate to the General channel under the desired classroom, and then select Assignments.Select the Assignments tab in the General channel.
  2. Select the Create button and select New Quiz from the dropdown menu.Select the New Assignment button.
  3. A window will open that is called Forms. There will be a search box and a list of recent Forms. There is also a button to create a new form. Choose wisely.
  4. If you choose an existing form, you can skip the directions on creating a quiz (immediately below). If you choose to create a new form, follow the directions below to create a quiz and set answers. Please note that right now, if you choose New Form, a new tab will open with the Forms dashboard and you will have to start over on creating the assignment in Teams (but this time choose your form from the list because time is a circle man.)

Create a quiz with Microsoft Forms

As an educator, you can use Microsoft Forms to quickly assess student progress and get real-time feedback through the use of quizzes that you design and share with your class.

You can create a quiz with questions that are required to be completed, display question hints, and even display students’ points and feedback after they complete the quiz, which make for a more interactive learning experience for your students.

  1. Under My Forms, click New quiz to begin creating your quiz.Create new quiz form
  2. Enter a name for your quiz. You can also enter an optional subtitle for your quiz.

    Note: Quiz names can contain up to 90 characters and a subtitle can contain up to 1,000 characters.

    Name and subtitle entered for a new quiz

  3. Click Add Question to add a new question to the quiz. Choose from ChoiceTextRating, or Datequestions. You can also click More More options button , and select RankingLikert, or Net Promoter Score® questions.Choice, text, and rating question types displayed for a form.

    Note: Your quiz is saved automatically while you create it.

  4. Enter the text you want to display for the question and each of the choices.A quiz question displayed with options with correct answers marked.Want to add more choices? Click Add Option to add more choices than the default two choices. Click the Correct Answer check box button next to each correct answer. To remove a choice, click the trash can button next to it. You can also choose to make a question required or allow multiple choices for a question by changing the settings at the bottom of the question.

    Tip: Click More settings for question More options button , and then select Subtitle to add a subtitle for the question.

    Enter a number in the Points text box to assign a point value for a correct answer to the quiz question.

  5. Click the Message button next to the choices if you want to display a custom message to your students who select that choice as their answer.A quiz question displayed with correct answer text next to two correct answers
  6. To display math formulas, click More settings for question More options button , and then select Math.Subtitle, Shuffle, and Math optionsClick in each question text box and now Microsoft Forms displays various math formula options for you to use in your quiz.Math keyboard for math formulas
  7. Some math formulas will trigger auto answers.Suggested results for math formulaClick on the suggested option to add it as a choice.
  8. Click Add Question to add more questions to your quiz. To change the order of the questions, click the Up or Down arrows on the right side of each question. For text questions, select the Long Answer option if you want a larger text box displayed on the quiz.

    Tip: To copy a question, select it and then click the Copy Question button in the upper right corner.

  9. Click Preview at the top of the design window to see how your quiz looks on a computer or mobile device. To test your quiz, enter answers for the quiz questions in preview mode and then click Submit.

    Math quiz displayed in mobile preview mode

    Click Back when you are finished previewing or testing your quiz.

    Now create your assignment in Microsoft Teams

    1. Don’t forget steps 1 and 2 above 🙂
    2. Enter a title for this assignment—this is required. Your title will appear on the assignment card in the weekly assignment view.
    3. Provide more information for the assignment. The following steps are optional:Add assignment details
      • Choose multiple classes or individual students in one class to assign to.
      • Add additional instructions
      • Attach resources to the assignment by selecting +Add resources.During this step, add a document from your personal OneDrive, computer, or create a blank Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document to hand out to your students. Leave the default as Students edit their own copy to distribute an identical document to each student to edit and turn in. Choose Students can’t edit if you’d like to attach a document for reference only, such as a PDF or link.
      • Select a due date or time
      • Select late turn-in if you’ll allow students to turn in this assignment late.
      • Select the amount of points this assignment is worth, if any. You can use points on any number-based scale including whole numbers of 100 and set your own denominator. Examples: 88/100 or decimals 3.7/4.0.
    4. Select Assign. Your students will be notified of the new assignment. A card will also appear in the Conversation tab of the General channel with the due date and a link to the assignment’s details.
    5. Select Discard to discontinue work on this assignment or Save as draft to return to the assignment and edit it later.

      Note: Select the Expansion icon (diagonal, double sided arrow) to enter full-screen mode.

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