Surveys are used to gather feedback from users and are not graded. Most often used in surveys, Opinion Scale or Likert Scale questions are designed to measure attitudes or reactions using a relative scale. Users select a multiple-choice answer that represents their attitude or reaction.
Survey results are anonymous, but you can see whether a learner has completed a survey and view aggregate results for each survey question.
Surveys are an effective method of collecting data in a timely and efficient manner. The data can then be extensively analysed to inform decision-making. To ensure your survey is effective, consider the following:
- Ensure every question is necessary; each question should obtain important insights
- Order questions in a logical manner; avoid changing topic areas without reason
- Ensure your questions are direct and offer the opportunity to gather genuine insight
- Avoid bias in questions; be careful in your use of adjectives and adverbs that may point to specific perspectives
- Use response scales instead of single-answer questions
What survey tools are available?
Qualtrics is a powerful survey engine that enables you to collect data from participants using a large number of question types for quantitative and qualitative analysis. LBS has a site license for Qualtrics, which can be accessed via the link below.
Canvas has an integrated survey tool which may be more suitable when collecting data from students on a specific course.