I used Survey Monkey to create this survey. I have used the tool before, but this time I tried a new question type – ranking. In my case the tool was not difficult to learn. The templates made it relatively easy to build a survey which can be modified later. New users might spend some time figuring out how to share the survey and analyze the results.
I have used a paper version of this survey in my physical geography course to discover student expectations at the beginning of the semester. The online survey has a new question (the ranking one) and I will now use the survey in my online course for the first time. Analyzing results, especially multiple choice and ranking questions, is easier on Survey Monkey using the reporting that is available.