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Upload a File from Google Forms

I’ve worked on two projects that needed to be able to have people upload a file in a Google test form. A couple of years ago, Esther McGinnis, Assistant Professor and Horticulturist, held a contest for the Master Gardeners to submit a new logo for their newsletter. At that time, the upload file wasn’t available. I’ve been working with the Drought team and Adnan was looking for a way for staff to not only send in their county observations in through the form, but a way to upload picture of the drought impact in their county.

I was excited to see there is now the functionality to do this - to upload a file such as an image or a word doc, etc. right from a Google form. Unfortunately through testing the Drought form, I found only people with an NDSU.edu email can submit the form and they must log in to their NDSU Google Apps account. The Drought leadership team (Carl Dahlen, Adnan Akyuz and Miranda Meehan) thought that the mandatory login would be a barrier for people filling out the form and they wanted as much response as they could get so we ended up scrapping the feature.

It’s good to know you can use this question type in Google forms, as long as your respondents have an ndsu.edu login and are able to login (instructions here from NDSU ITS Helpdesk).

Here’s a 5 minute overview of the feature.

upload file

If you think this would be a handy feature to collection data and need help testing, please let me know.

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, 701-231-6403

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