Survey designer elements

The survey designer is accessible from Survey > Survey Designer.

The survey designer contains controls, a header bar, and the design canvas.


To create a question, drag the appropriate data type control from the Controls palette and drop it onto the designer canvas.

Figure 1. Controls
Data type controls for questions
The assessment engine provides a built-in result calculation feature that converts responses to scored question data types to a score between 0 and 10.
Table 1. Question data types
Data type Scored Description
Attachment No Question with a Manage Attachments icon that allows users to attach one or more files.
Boolean Yes Question with a check box or Yes and No choices for user responses.
Choice Yes List of predefined options. For more information, see the definition of the Choices field in Create a question in the survey designer.
Date No Date field.
Date/Time No Date and time field.
Number No Number field with predefined minimum and maximum values. The default is 1-10.
Percentage No Percentage field with a prescribed range.
Scale Yes Predefined Likert scale. Answer options appear as radio buttons.
Numeric Scale Yes Selectable number scale. The default is 1-5. Answer options appear as radio buttons.
String No Single or multi-line text field.
Template Yes Choice list of templates that provide a predefined scale of options. For details, see Quiz scorecards.
Reference No Choice list of fields from a specified reference table. This data type does not support reference qualifiers.

For example, a user could select a user name if you specify sys_user as the reference table.

Image Scale Yes Question with a choice of images that can be selected.

A template can be used to apply the same images to multiple questions.

Multiple Selection Yes Question with multiple check boxes that can be selected.
Ranking Question with an order number to be selected for each option.

One order number cannot be selected twice. This question can be mandatory and it can also be dependent on a parent question, but not vice versa.

Header bar

The tabs on the header bar display views and a menu of functions.

Figure 2. Survey Designer header bar and menu
Survey Designer header bar
Click a tab to change the view on the canvas:
  • Design: Add and configure the properties of categories and questions. This is the default view.
  • Configuration: Create introductions and end notes for surveys and select a signature.
  • Availability: Select the recipients for each category in the survey.
Point to the menu icon (Menu icon) to select an option. The list of options depends on the currently open survey.
  • Save: Save the current survey.
  • Preview: Display a preview of the survey as it will appear to recipients.
  • Publish: Distribute the survey to the selected recipients.
  • Save and Publish: Save and distribute the survey in one step.
  • New Survey: Open a fresh canvas for a new survey.
  • Load Survey: View the list of existing surveys.

Design canvas

New surveys open in the canvas of the Design view. The survey Name field appears above first category in the canvas. A blank question field appears in the category container.

Figure 3. Initial appearance of the Survey Designer canvas
New survey question field