How do I create Likert scale questions?
A Likert scale question is a list of statements with response points that indicate agreement. Canvas' Multiple Dropdown question type can be used for Likert-style questions in Surveys.
Set Name, Type, and Points
Quiz questions are not automatically numbered for instructors. To add a custom name to your quiz question, enter the name in the question text field . Custom names can help you identify quiz questions more easily. Regardless of the question name, students always see quiz questions in numerical order (i.e. Question 1, Question 2).
Click the drop-down menu and select the Multiple Dropdowns question type .
Enter number of points the question is worth (quiz totals are calculated based on combined total of questions) .
Add a Table
After adding in any preliminary instructions, click the table icon  in the Rich Content Editor and choose two columns  and as many rows as you need (one per statement) to contain the entire Likert scale of items. In this example, there are three rows. Click the Insert button  when you are finished.
Add Likert Items as Statements and Answer Choice Boxes
Each row of the table will be a distinct Likert item, which is a statement with answer choice boxes, and users can select how strongly they agree or disagree with that statement.
Create a name for the answer choice boxes, and use square brackets to frame the answer choice boxes. In this example, we made shoulders the reference word to create answer choices for the three statements and set them up as [shoulders1], [shoulders2], and [shoulders3].
Add Responses as Possible Answers for Each Likert Item
Each Likert item needs to have its own listing of responses as possible answers.
Select each Possible Response and add as many Answers as possible, with consistent Answer Text. You will have to input the Answer Text for each answer choice box. For example, [shoulders1], [shoulders2], and [shoulders3] will all need to have each possible response added separately.
Select the first reference item from the drop-down list . Then fill in the Likert responses. The standard five-point Likert responses are:
- Strongly disagree
- Neither agree nor disagree
- Strongly agree
Learn more about multiple dropdown questions.
When you are finished, select the second reference item and repeat the process of filling in the Likert responses.
Repeat this process until all reference items are associated with Likert response options.
Student View for Question
Student View for Responses
When you view the quiz results, Canvas will show you the answers each student selected. Students will also be able to see their answer choices if you allow them to see their responses.