What is a pulse survey? Whilst there are several definitions, a pulse survey measures the employee experience and is named after the idea of checking the “pulse” of something like employee satisfaction at a specific moment in time. They allow companies to measure and compare feedback continually and analyse the effect of initiatives and are typically run week to week as opposed to annually. The benefits of taking regular pulse surveys include on the spot insights, higher response rates due to being both shorter and targeted and greater employee satisfaction. The fact that Microsoft Forms has now added pulse survey templates means that pulse surveys can be easily created, and used with your Team. This is a nice add leveraging existing functionality across Microsoft 365 applications. You can gage the mood in the team on a regular basis, you can get regular feedback, and you can use this feature to foster a more inclusive team
Like most people I know, Polly has been my go-to-app for polling in Teams. Why? Because it is easy to setup and Polls are effective in a number of collaboration scenarios - opinions, feedback, choice, sentiment. In a learning context, they are great for formative assessment and driving incremental improvements to the learning. However, imagine my surprise when I recently discovered that Forms can also do polls - something which I either missed in the absolute avalanche of new functionality which has come this year or which has always been there and which is an astounding oversight on my part. Either way, I'm a big advocate of Forms - I use it a ton and am enjoying seeing it mature. On it's current trajectory, I anticipate that it'll displace the use of Polly - particularly for people like me who almost always take Microsoft apps over third parties. Of course, whether it builds on the quick poll context outlined here - as in snap polls of a very simple nature - remains to be seen. You know me. I very much hope it does.
This blog is part of a series on Teams. For more articles, check back often. Written: 09/12/2019 | Updated: N/A Last week, we looked at video quizzes for the team. It was whilst making this blog that I started thinking about series. A series of instructional videos, a video subscription service, videos which are arranged … Continue reading Teams Real Simple with Pictures: Adding Video and Podcast Series for the Team using Teams, Forms and Stream
Some months ago, we looked at setting up a video channel for the Team. We then looked at pinning Stream to the Teams App Bar for personalised video watchlists as well as playing video in meetings which leveraged the shared system audio function. Today, we'll look at Stream Video Support and the ability to insert a Stream video into a form. This can be a YouTube video or an internal video. The ability to add video's to forms, and therefore, quizzes, makes formative assessment significantly richer and more valuable. From the managers or trainers perspective, it's not just about answering a simple set of multiple choice questions which recur in the same format - team members can be more rigorously tested to show mastery of the content where they must use higher order skills such as evaluation and synthesis in order to complete the quiz
From time to time it's important to get feedback to the Team. Within the Team itself this can be done in several ways. Two examples are Polly - the app which allows the pollster to snap poll members of the team, as well as Yammer Q&A's via a Yammer Tab. However, today we'll focus on feedback from outside the Team and getting feedback to the Team. An effective way to do this is with Microsoft Forms. Microsoft Forms is a simple, lightweight app that lets you easily create surveys, quizzes, and polls. It's a very popular app - very pragmatic and meaningful, yet its also a young app. It means that it still has a long way to go and a lot of development needs to occur for it to have parity with competitors such as SurveyMonkey.