Qualtrics is a really cool survey tool available to UAA faculty, staff, and students. This tool can be used to post a poll in your Blackboard course or add a survey link to your department website, for just a few examples. Note: I have to make a plug for the importance of getting regular feedback from students, especially in an online class. Here’s how:
To go to UAA’s survey tool, go to http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/surveys/ and log in with your UAA username and password (the same one you use for Blackboard). To get started, click Create Survey. From there, you can use the Quick Survey Builder to create a survey from scratch or browse the Survey Library (use the Global Library). You can choose from many different question types and the display logic is very intuitive! Once you have added all the questions and chosen a “look and feel,” you can distribute your survey to get the survey link to add to your site. [Later you’ll use View Results to see the report.] This survey tool is collaborative, so you can invite others to help you create the survey if you want.
Here is an example I created very quickly using a web evaluation survey from the global library: http://uaa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_e8Mtul4MAdLyqK8. Go ahead and fill it out to give me your feedback on my blog!
The UAA Technology Knowledge Base includes lots of good information about this survey tool: https://kb.uaa.alaska.edu/Wiki%20Pages/Qualtrics%20%28UAA%20Survey%20Tool%29.aspx
Qualtrics University has some video tutorials on how to use the survey tool (http://www.qualtrics.com/university/tutorial-videos/) as well as great information on research in general.
There are two simple alternatives to UAA’s Qualtrics survey tool that come to mind. Both are much more basic than Qualtrics. Blackboard has a survey manager that is much like the test manager but set up for anonymous summarized responses. Also, a Google form (from Google Docs) works well and is easy to embed in a blog or website (like Blackboard). I don’t think I’ll go back to these options after playing around with Qualtrics!