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Three Ways to Create Online Forms to Collect Files

Throughout the course of a semester or year there are some materials that you need to collect from students and or parents that for one reason or another aren’t easy to collect through an LMS. A few cases that I’ve experience in the last year were permission slips for field trips, a feedback form filled out by hand, and media samples for an application into a program. Here are three ways to create online forms to collect files.

For the last few years Google Forms has had an option to accept file uploads as responses to questions. The key to using this option is that respondents must be signed into a Google account in order to upload files. Here’s a video on how to enable file upload in Google Forms.

An update to Microsoft Forms in late 2019 added the option to accept file uploads in response to questions. Microsoft Forms lets you choose the maximum file size you’ll accept and choose the file formats that you’ll accept as uploads.

JotForm is another good tool for creating online forms that accept file uploads. JotForm also lets you create forms that people can fill and sign online. Watch this video for an overview of some of JotForm’s key features.