New Survey Tool Available Through PAWS
The U of S Survey System -- a new tool recently released by Information Technology Services (ITS) -- is integrated with PAWS and can be used to conduct surveys from within the University web portal. From PAWS courses, instructors can use the tool to easily poll their students. In PAWS groups, group leaders can use the survey tool to poll group members. Because the tool's database does not connect answers with respondents and the data is hosted in a secure environment, Survey allows for anonymous responses, making it useful for gathering feedback on a wide range of subjects.
The tool can be found in both Course Tools and PAWS Groups applications in the left-hand Course and Group Tools menus. Instructors and group leaders can administer surveys through the Manage Surveys link in the left-hand Content Tools menu. Survey creators are responsible for their own surveys, including consideration of ethics approval requirements and more. More information can be found in the survey tool reference manual available online at https://survey.usask.ca/docs/.
In addition to the Survey tools offered through PAWS Course and Groups applications, the University community can add a new My Surveys channel to their PAWS layout; the channel shows individuals a list of surveys they can manage and ones that are targeted to them for participation.
A training workshop on how to use the survey tool is offered by ITS Training Services. To sign up for the next offering on Jan. 11, 2007, visit http://focus.usask.ca/courses/registrationcourse.cfm?courseid=566.
The survey tool is accessible outside of PAWS at http://survey.usask.ca.