Within the context of online course delivery, a survey is an ungraded questionnaire used to solicit responses electronically from students. The content of the surveys are completely flexible, and ITS offers several course evaluation surveys such as "How's it going?" mid-semester survey and the LRS faculty and student surveys.

Please contact Dr. Jim Julius, Associate Director Instructional Technology Services (619-594-5852) for guidance on selecting a survey and/or a web-based tool to meet your needs. There are a number of advantages to using surveys that have been tested, and have a body of data to be used for comparison to your data. However, if you would like to create a custom survey, here are some of the tools that can help.

Blackboard Survey Tool has a survey manager built in that many faculty like to use for mid-semester feedback and that sort of thing.

SurveyMonkey.com offers great flexibility in formatting surveys and analyzing data. Contact ITS (619-594-5852) for more information on surveymonkey instruments available for course assessment.

SurveyGizmo.com is a subscription-based service for online software that creates surveys easily. Contact ITS (619-594-5852) for more information about using this tool.

Zoomerang.com is a powerful online survey tool that offers free and premium services. Some of the features it offers include:
  • Post survey results to your blog.
  • Free survey templates.
  • Statistical analysis.
  • Comparison report.
  • Survey graphs and charts.

QuestionPro.com offers a full suite of tools for creating surveys, sending email invitations, and analyzing results. They offer a free basic account as well as premium paid services. See their web site for details.

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