Selection Fields: Single Selection, Drop Down, Search List and Multiple Selection Questions

In addition to the preset options of the Yes/No and True/False selection fields, you can design your own options and have them displayed in a format that best suit the number of options that you have.

Examples of drop down, single selection, search list and multiple selection questions.

Examples of drop down, single selection, search list and multiple selection questions.

The image above shows the different types of selection questions available.

The differences between the four selection questions are:

Single Selection

Single Selection Fields are the fastest way for an athlete to see the possible answers for your question and click on the correct one. They are the recommended option because they do not require two clicks to see the answers. These can be arranged vertically or horizontally to be optimised to meet you form layout requirements.

Multiple Selection

Multiple Selection allow an athlete to select more than one variable as an answer. However, it is very hard to use this information for analysis. You are better to try and find a different way to capture this information (e.g. ask an additional question) because Multiple Selection questions are used purely for information gathering (much like text fields), not analysis tools.

Drop Down

When you want a number of possible answers to be hidden in a drop down box use this Field. If you have more than 16 possible answers, you may want to consider using a Drop Down Box instead of a Single Selection Field.

Search List

When you want a number of possible answers to be hidden and you don't want the entire list to appear in a drop down format, the user can type directly into the search box for the selection options. If you have more than 16 possible answers, you may want to consider using a Drop Down Box instead of a Single Selection Field.

 

Click to add in the specific type of selection that you require. Set up the Question settings and Visibility and then create your options that are available for that field.

Click to add in the specific type of selection that you require. Set up the Question settings and Visibility and then create your options that are available for that field.

For this example we are going to add in a single selection field called "Readiness to Train"

Set up the Question's Selection Options. Choose your options from existing field options, from the common categories, or add in your own specific options (as shown here)

Set up the Question's Selection Options. Choose your options from existing field options, from the common categories, or add in your own specific options (as shown here)

The Options are the different answers that a user can select from that appear beside the question name.

To add in your Options you can:

#1. Click on the "Copy Options from" drop down box to copy the existing options from other question in that form

#2. Click on "Common Categories" to be shown some prebuilt options such as Worst-Best (as shown in the option box in the Image).

#3. Copy and paste your list from an excel or word document directly into the Option Text Box (ensuring that there is ONLY one option per line).

#4. Write each selection option in the Option text Box (ensuring that there is ONLY one option per line).

#5 You MUST click on the "Update" button. If you do not, any changes will not be uploaded to the question, and your options will not be updated.

2.4.6 Adding Scores to each Option

2.4.6 Adding Scores to each Option

You can assign Scores to each of the Option Fields. All of the Options that you just added on the "Options" Tab are now available to set scores for on the "Scoring" Tab. This is critical if you want to calculate a score for a lifestyle or stress questionnaire, and is a handy feature for a number of other forms.

To add scores to each of the Options from a question/field:

#1. Click on the Scoring link

#2. Write the Score in the boxes beside each selection option

#3. Click Update

Now you have a score assigned to a specific variable in your form. This means you can graph it, use it in calculations such as total daily score* etc, as well as set up the Average and Total calculation across the field

* N.B To actually calculate the total score in a daily review Form from these Selection based Fields, you need to use a Calculation Field and write your equation to include the questions that you want, e.g. sum(Appetite + Sleep + Muscle Soreness etc). See the lessons on calculations for more information on how to include and write calculations directly in your Event Forms.

Set the Best Value, any Default Values

Set the Best Value, any Default Values

Set up the Advanced Properties accordingly.

Best Value:

Allows you to specify which of the selection question is the "Best Value". In the options shown here it is obvious to see that "Best" is the Very Focused option. Select the best value from your options and if there is no desired value, leave as default (No Best Value).

Orientation and Default Value

Orientation and Default Value

Orientation (for single selection fields only)

Orientation lets you set the layout of the questions as either horizontal or vertical. The readiness to train question has been set to horizontal.

Vertical: This a common sense setting, if your question options are too long, or you have too many, you will want to have a Vertical Orientation (as shown in the image above).

Horizontal: If your questions options are brief, and you only have a few, such as a Yes/No or True/False you are best to have a Horizontal Orientation to reduce the space that each question takes on the page.

The image above highlights how to vertical and horizontal layout work optimally, and NOT optimally. Use your common sense!!

Default Value

Default Values allow you to specify that every time that specific Form is loaded, if a question has a default setting it will already be selected on the Event Form.

This is an excellent way to reduce data entry time in forms such as Medical Screening or Musculoskeletal screening forms where you only record the differences from normal.

To add in a "Default Value" select the drop down box and select the option that you want to set up as the default. Every time that field loads, it will already be completed with this default value. The image above shows that Average and OK have been set as the default values and are pre-loaded.

To remove the default value select on "No default Value"

Default to Critical

Default to Critical should be set to no. This is only used on fields where critical info is selected to show.

Status Indicator

Status Indicator should be set to no unless this is a field that is being used to set the injury/ill status for the athlete. See the Athlete Status lesson for more information on this field.

 

Again, always check the form on the application to ensure it is showing the correct defaults and works well on the application. The form here needs to have the page/field layout improved as it is very hard to follow.

Again, always check the form on the application to ensure it is showing the correct defaults and works well on the application. The form here needs to have the page/field layout improved as it is very hard to follow.

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