Category: Scanning & Scoring

Qualtrics: an easy online tool for surveys

July 12th, 2013 in Announcements, Data Analysis, Qualtrics, Scanning & Scoring

Boston University has something new to offer those who use a survey tool to conduct research or course evaluations, offer tests and quizzes, get student feedback, and analyze data.   A group of IT Partners from SED, CAS, ENG, SMG, and BUMC, together with IS&T, have purchased a site license for Qualtrics, a highly advanced yet easy to use survey tool.  This means you should not have to pay for your own or a department survey tool license as long as the site license is renewed.  It’s provided at no charge — to students, faculty, staff, students, even guests sponsored by a department.

To access Qualtrics, visit www.bu.edu/qualtrics and enter your BU login name and Kerberos password.  On-line, you can create a survey, collaborate with others in and outside the University, distribute to anonymous or invited participants, view results, and build reports. Response has been very good.  It’s a simple and productive tool.  Introductory courses are now offered; you can sign up online.

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Scanning and scoring services available

July 5th, 2013 in Announcements, Data Analysis, LXR, Scanning & Scoring

BU offers a scanning and scoring service for a variety of paper-based needs including course evaluations, surveys and exam scoring, as well as data collection and professional form design. The scanning and scoring staff’s mission is to collect, analyze and report all these varieties of data in a manner that is effective, timely and accurate.

BU’s high-speed OPSCAN scanners can read both ink (black or blue) and pencil marks (#2). Quizzes and midterm exams are processed within 48 hours. Final exams are guaranteed to be processed within 24 hours, including item analysis and statistics. Scores can be provided via email.

Reports from course evaluations and surveys are generally available two to three weeks after receiving the evaluation or survey package, and within a week for data collections. Raw data and results can be provided electronically in database-compatible format for your own analysis. The scanning and scoring service also offers its extensive experience in forms design and scanning projects; its staff can assist you in tailoring forms that are intuitive and will accurately capture data needed for a project.

The Scanning Service is available to BU faculty, researchers, staff and departments, and can also be requested by outside clients or institutions. The cost varies by service. Visit links to learn more about BU scanning services in general, or specifically about test scoring, course evaluations, surveys and data collection, or custom form design.

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