During the February 2011 WebLearn upgrade, several improvements to the Survey tool were implemented:
- one no longer has to close a survey to view the results
- maintainers and contributors can now respond to a survey if so desired
- it is now clear in the interface that an initial notification of a survey is always sent, whereas the sending of reminders can be configured by the user
Various bugs in the tool were also fixed by the WebLearn developers. In particular, when creating an ad hoc group, one can now supply an Oxford SSO username, and it is no longer possible to inadvertently supply an email address with no corresponding WebLearn account. It is now possible to create a public survey (requiring no log in) without having to set up a nominal ad hoc group. Manual email reminders can now be sent, in addition to any system reminders that might have been set up. Taking a survey after the end date but before the extension date no longer gives an error, and the list of questions on a template now refreshes correctly.
More details about the Surveys tool improvements can be found at http://tinyurl.com/6k5uj7t.
OUCS offers a half-day course on the WebLearn Surveys tool once per term, which can be booked via the Courses Database, when booking opens for Trinity Term. The course book for self-study can be downloaded from the WebLearn section at http://tinyurl.com/portfolioITLP. There is a step-by-step guide on the WebLearn Guidance site at http://tinyurl.com/4jgwz8j.