How do you know?   Dennis Dew & Vicky Maloy        April 27th, 2011
Why do you collect information?1.   For research/analysis2.   To improve teaching3.   To make decisions4.   All of the abo...
PART ONE:HOW TO WRITE BETTER SURVEYQUESTIONS
Basic IdeasBefore you create your survey, be sure to know:• What are you trying to measure?• How is it defined?• How will ...
3 Basic types of questions1. Open ended questions2. Partially close-ended questions3. Close-ended questions with a Rating ...
Variety• Ask questions that produce a variety of  responses.• Accommodate all possible answers – have an  option for “I do...
Writing better questions:1. Ask only one question at a time.2. Be sure responses are mutually exclusive.3. Design the surv...
More helpful tips• One concept = one question.• Do not presume or suppose a situation.• Be specific. Just ask “How old are...
PART TWO:ONLINE RESOURCES FOR CONDUCTINGSURVEYS
Part Two: Technical Details• Many different options on the internet for  collecting information.• What type of questions w...
Options!          MyCampus     Google     Wufoo   MySignUp    Doodle   SuperSaaS           Surveys     FormsAddress   myca...
Main purpose?           MyCampus    Google     Wufoo     MySignUp      Doodle   SuperSaaS            Surveys    FormsDesig...
Who can create here?           MyCampus       Google     Wufoo     MySignUp    Doodle    SuperSaaS            Surveys     ...
Types of Fields MyCampus         Google   Wufoo    MySignUp Doodle SuperSaaS                                   Surveys    ...
Distributing Forms       MyCampus    Google      Wufoo      MySignUp     Doodle      SuperSaaS        Surveys    FormsHow?...
Answering Forms           MyCampus     Google      Wufoo         MySignUp       Doodle     SuperSaaS            Surveys   ...
Example: Advisee ConferencesMySignUp(http://www1.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=advisingtimes)Doodle(http://www.do...
Example: Beginning of term surveyMyCampus           WuFoo
Answers please!          MyCampus      Google        Wufoo      MySignUp       Doodle     SuperSaaS           Surveys     ...
MyCampus SurveyReport tool:Using the Item Analysis tool can giveyou a breakdown on the answers thathave been collected.
Wufoo’s Reporttool:There are many “widgets” in thereports in Wufoo that can help youanalyze your entries.
From: Clapp, JasonSent: Monday, April 04, 2011 2:02 PMTo: Fulltime Faculty; Parttime Faculty           FERPA Reminder     ...
Any questions?      Please e-mailDennis Dew or Vicky Maloy       Thank you!
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How do you know? Asking questions!

  1. 1. How do you know? Dennis Dew & Vicky Maloy April 27th, 2011
  2. 2. Why do you collect information?1. For research/analysis2. To improve teaching3. To make decisions4. All of the above.
  3. 3. PART ONE:HOW TO WRITE BETTER SURVEYQUESTIONS
  4. 4. Basic IdeasBefore you create your survey, be sure to know:• What are you trying to measure?• How is it defined?• How will I use the data?
  5. 5. 3 Basic types of questions1. Open ended questions2. Partially close-ended questions3. Close-ended questions with a Rating Scale All types of questions have reasons to use them, depending on the situation.
  6. 6. Variety• Ask questions that produce a variety of responses.• Accommodate all possible answers – have an option for “I don’t know” or “Not applicable.” Otherwise you are wasting the respondent’s time.
  7. 7. Writing better questions:1. Ask only one question at a time.2. Be sure responses are mutually exclusive.3. Design the survey to be similar to a conversation with your respondent.4. Do not use emotionally loaded or vaguely defined words.5. Do not use unfamiliar words or abbreviations.6. Don’t waste your respondents time.
  8. 8. More helpful tips• One concept = one question.• Do not presume or suppose a situation.• Be specific. Just ask “How old are you?” don’t ask for a range. (One exception – asking about money.)• Have someone else read your survey before you send it out.
  9. 9. PART TWO:ONLINE RESOURCES FOR CONDUCTINGSURVEYS
  10. 10. Part Two: Technical Details• Many different options on the internet for collecting information.• What type of questions will be asked?• Who will be answering?• What needs to be done with the answers?
  11. 11. Options! MyCampus Google Wufoo MySignUp Doodle SuperSaaS Surveys FormsAddress mycampus. docs. wufoo. mysignup. www. www. mtmercy. google. com com doodle. supersaas. edu com com com
  12. 12. Main purpose? MyCampus Google Wufoo MySignUp Doodle SuperSaaS Surveys FormsDesigned Surveys Anything Anything Collecting Scheduling Schedulingfor: information meetings
  13. 13. Who can create here? MyCampus Google Wufoo MySignUp Doodle SuperSaaS Surveys FormsRestricted Instructors Anyone College Anyone Anyone Anyoneto? / Group with a has an can can can Leaders Google account - register register register account Also, can for free for free for free register level of level of level of THIS for free service service service INCLUDES level of STUDENTS! service
  14. 14. Types of Fields MyCampus Google Wufoo MySignUp Doodle SuperSaaS Surveys Forms Multiple Choice True / False Yes / NoTypes of Fields Multiple Select Likert Scales Text fields Number fields Predefined list Other? Questions Date, Can add support html Time, pictures to & pictures Price, form, if hosted E-mail elsewhere.
  15. 15. Distributing Forms MyCampus Google Wufoo MySignUp Doodle SuperSaaS Surveys FormsHow? Form in Form can Form can Form on Form on Form can MyCampus be be the the be e-mailed, e-mailed, internet. internet. e-mailed, embedded embedd embedded in an ed in an Link to Link to in an iFrame iFrame form sent form sent iFrame and on through through and on Google. e-mail, e-mail, internet. Facebook & Twitter * - N.B. Links to websites can be shared.
  16. 16. Answering Forms MyCampus Google Wufoo MySignUp Doodle SuperSaaS Surveys FormsRestricted Only to Whole Whole Whole Whole Wholeto? accounts in internet internet internet internet internet your groups / classes OR OR OR OR Private* Private* Private* Private* with link with link with link with link OR OR Password Password Protected protected * - N.B. Links to websites can be shared.
  17. 17. Example: Advisee ConferencesMySignUp(http://www1.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=advisingtimes)Doodle(http://www.doodle.com/m7n84gfrx4crhz9r)
  18. 18. Example: Beginning of term surveyMyCampus WuFoo
  19. 19. Answers please! MyCampus Google Wufoo MySignUp Doodle SuperSaaS Surveys FormsDownload Can export Can export Can export Can export Can export Can exportto? submission submission submission submission submission submission data to data to data to data to data to data to .CSV .CSV .CSV .XLS .XLS .CSV .TXT .TXT .TXT .PDF .XLS .XLS .XLS HTML .PDF XML HTML ICS Open Office
  20. 20. MyCampus SurveyReport tool:Using the Item Analysis tool can giveyou a breakdown on the answers thathave been collected.
  21. 21. Wufoo’s Reporttool:There are many “widgets” in thereports in Wufoo that can help youanalyze your entries.
  22. 22. From: Clapp, JasonSent: Monday, April 04, 2011 2:02 PMTo: Fulltime Faculty; Parttime Faculty FERPA Reminder A word of warning!!!Subject:All,As you work with students in your classes, please recall that the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)must guide how we use and disclose student information. This act is intended to protect the privacy of studentinformation....Given the list of directory information above, one will note that the following may not be disclosed without thestudent’s written permission: Grades GPA Student ID numbers SSNsMany of you have access to this information via the course roster, academic plan and transcript. Please be cautiousto not disclose non-directory information, and to use discretion when disclosing directory information. This is atime when many students meet with you. Please take care regarding the information on your desk and computerscreen as well.Please let me know if you have any questions.Thank you,Jason ClappRegistrarMount Mercy University
  23. 23. Any questions? Please e-mailDennis Dew or Vicky Maloy Thank you!

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