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Creating Surveys

Whether you are creating a survey for general-purpose information gathering from your students, or to supplement the SIRS with your own questions, you'll find that there are several survey tools to choose from. Below are a few that we have found to be particularly useful for surveying students in a course, with instructions on how to use them.

Please keep in mind that surveys for research or publication must meet legal requirements, possibly including Human Subjects Certification. Please contact the Office of Research Regulatory Affairs for guidance.

Additional information about using midcourse surveys is available in our recorded midcourse workshop (log in to canvas required)

Rutgers-supported options

BluePulse (pilot): Available from Summer 2020 through Spring 2021, allows instructors to quickly poll the students in their course with several question types. Student feedback can be collected anonymously, and two-way communication can maintain the anonymity of the students. Information about using BluePulse

CTAAR Midcourse Survey Tool: This tool is limited to a shortened version of the formal SIRS, and is appropriate for instructors who want to gather anonymous feedback during the term that they can they compare to the SIRS results at the end of the semester. It does not allow you to add or alter the survey questions. Create a midcourse survey.

Microsoft Forms (Rutgers Connect) Recommended Easy to use, quick to set up, and handles many question types (scales, comments, multiple choice, etc.). Start by duplicating the CTAAR Midcourse Template in Rutgers Connect, then edit and distribute to your students.

Google Documents "Forms": Recommended. Easy to use, quick to set up, and handles many question types (scales, comments, multiple choice, etc.). You can use a Rutgers ScarletMail account, or a standard Google account will also work. Read how to create a survey in Google Documents, or sign in with your scarletmail address and use the “template gallery” (upper-right corner) to see the ready-made “CTAAR Midcourse Template”.

Canvas Quizzes: For instructors already using Canvas, you can add an semi-anonymous, ungraded quiz to collect survey responses from students in your class. Read how to create a survey in the Canvas quiz tool, or use the “Commons” tool to search for “Midcourse Survey Template”

Sakai "Polls": Simple to use, but limited. You can only ask multiple-choice questions. Ideal if you are already using Sakai for your course web site. Read how to create a survey using the "Polls" tool in Sakai.

Sakai "Tests & Quizzes": This robust testing tool can also be used to create surveys with any type of question - rating scales, multiple choice, comment boxes, etc. This is a more difficult tool to use than the Sakai "polls" tool. Surveys take longer to set up, but you can save and reuse them from semester to semester. Read how to create a survey in the "Tests & Quizzes" tool in Sakai.

Blackboard "Tests, Surveys, and Pools": (Newark only) Instructors using the Blackboard platform for their course site can quickly add a survey to the current course materials. Read how to create a survey in the "Tests, Surveys, and Pools" tool in Blackboard.

Qualtrics: Qualtrics is a robost and complicated survey platform, and is better suited for research and general purpose surveys. If you are already familiar with Qualtrics, you can use it for a simple midcourse survey.

Other options The "Student Assessment of their Learning Gains" allows you to create a surveys based on a premade template focusing on the degree to which a course has enabled student learning. You can modify the existing questions or add your own. SALG can be used for pre- and post-testing, or for midcourse surveys.

TooFAST: Specifically designed for instructional rating surveys. Instructors can use their free service, or if you have your own web server and the technicial skills, you can install the software on your own system.




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