Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The simple things: images in forms

I was excited to see the following tweet from Richard Byrne earlier this week:

I immediately re-tweeted ...

[Note: I gathered embed codes a day after the original tweet; as a result it looks like I re-tweeted a tweet before it was originally posted.]

Why? When Google moved Forms away from Google Docs into Google Drive a number of useful features, such as simple html for text display, heading tags, and ordered and unordered lists were eliminated. Luckily existing forms did not lose set formatting and functionality remained intact, but project /form presentation options were limited including a diminished  number of themes.

That said, I have to mention the updated form menu is easier to use.

I use Google Forms - and spreadsheets - with Flubaroo in an instructional technology course; students create self-grading quizzes. The assignment remained, but it will be necessary to recreate supporting video tutorials moving forward.  Access to drive is different and steps for connecting the form to a spreadsheet need to be addressed.

A member of the ALAO 2013 conference planning committee,  I was excited to have the opportunity implement Google Forms for conference proposal submissions. Proposals are submitted online and compiled in the accompanying spreadsheet, a quick form script allows for immediate email response for each submission, and each submission form 'type' was branded a different color. What was lacking was opportunity to brand the form with the conference logo for immediate visual impact and recognition.

At least, it was lacking until yesterday ... ALAO 2013 Presentation Proposals

Adding images is quick and easy; the only problem is they are added using the same process as headers and section breaks; text and questions are placed above or below, not with the image.  Inserting images into existing questions or the form description is not optioned.  Therefore, in order to add the ALAO Conference logo it was necessary to insert the image, create a new section header directly below to incorporate a form title and description, and then delete narrative in the default title and description fields. The empty space created does not display in the live form. Overall, I'm thrilled with the image option and hope Google continues to add more functions in the near future.

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