Gathering data using WebLearn’s survey tool

WebLearn has a Beta version of a tool that can be used for general data gathering such as specifying dietary requirements or choosing which session to attend for conference guests.

On 6 July 2010, a new ‘Survey’ option will appear in the list of tools available to a WebLearn site. As well being useful for course and lecturer evaluation, this tool allows general data to be collected via a web form.

The tool has an option to grant access to non-WebLearn users;  respondents would access the survey via a link placed in an email or on a website. Alternatively, respondents could be given a WebLearn account (by being added to a site) and then be asked to login in order to access the survey. As all surveys are anonymous, names must be collected via text boxes on the form.

The Survey tool allows a template to be created which can contain a variety of question types such a multiple choice, multiple response, Likhert scales and free text. At the point when the template is instantiated into a survey, it is possible to specify whether respondents need to log in to WebLearn or not.

If users are required to login the WebLearn can be made to automatically send reminders to those who have not yet completed the form.

Of course it goes without saying that all this free to members of the University!

For more information about the tool have a look at

  1. my recent blog post
  2. a special site within WebLearn dedicated to the tool (NB the tool is currently known as the Evaluations tool but we will be changing the name)
  3. the WebLearn Guidance Site
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