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Sebastian E. Wenz
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Angelika Ruf
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Course 6: Design and Implementation of Web Surveys

Lecturer(s):
Prof. Dr. Christopher Antoun, Prof. Dr. Frederick Conrad, Prof. Dr. Florian Keusch

Date: 09.08 - 13.08.2021 ics-file

Location: Online via Zoom / Time: 11:00-13:00 & 14:00-18:00 (CEST)

About the lecturer - Prof. Dr. Christopher Antoun

About the lecturer - Prof. Dr. Frederick Conrad

About the lecturer - Prof. Dr. Florian Keusch

Course description

[This is a 30 hour class.]
This course introduces students to the design and implementation of online survey data collection instruments. The course is both hands-on and conceptual. It begins by discussing what is unique about web surveys and when their use is most appropriate, followed by an introduction to survey errors that can affect the quality of web survey data. Small groups of students will each develop a research problem and a questionnaire to address their problem, designed for online administration. They will pretest the question wording, program the questionnaire using a web survey development platform (no programming experience is required), and assess users' (respondents') experience while interacting with the web-based instrument. Students will also develop basic plans for data collection and analysis. Finally, each group will present its problem, online questionnaire, evaluation, and plans to the rest of the class.


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Target group

Participants will find the course useful if:
  • Anyone (whether in government, business, academia, or non-profit organizations) who wants to collect survey data online can benefit from this course.
  • This includes people who are new to web surveys but also people who have used web surveys in the past but fell that they need to improve the design of their surveys.


  • Learning objectives

    By the end of the course participants will:
  • have implemented a functioning web survey instrument
  • be able to evaluate survey questions and their usability in an online questionnaire
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    Organizational Structure of the Course:
    Each day will consist of about 4 hours of lecture and discussion on various aspects of Web survey design, and 2 hours of lab including demonstrations and hands-on practice working with the LimeSurvey software to implement group projects. The instructors will be available for individual and group consultations on participants' projects, and provide support on using LimeSurvey to design and implement a Web survey during the course.


    Prerequisites

  • Some familiarity with survey research.
  • Plans to use a web survey in a project is helpful but certainly not essential.
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    Software and Hardware Requirements:
    We will conduct all sessions via Zoom. Participants should join with an Internet-enabled laptop/desktop computer with a webcam. Participants will develop a web survey instrument using the LimeSurvey platform. They should register for a free LimeSurvey account at www.limesurvey.org prior to the start of the course.