Funding and Assistance for BU Faculty, Administrators, and Postdoctoral Fellows
What is Qualtrics?
Qualtrics is a tool used for creating and distributing surveys. It is particularly effective for gathering qualitative research. Qualtrics allows users to create surveys online, collaborate in real time, distribute surveys, analyze the results, and export data in multiple formats.
Skip logic and display logic programming are available through Qualtrics. In other words, users can program their survey to change the line of questioning based on the responses.
Qualtrics runs advanced statistics to identify underlying trends in all forms of data.
Qualtrics can extrapolate data from social media and websites, extracting both general attitudes and hard data about online interactions.
Qualtrics has many, many options for question formats, and they are organized clearly with visual models so that users can easily see which format works best for their purposes.
Qualtrics is user-friendly and easy to adopt, but it is also very complex. Individuals can use Qualtrics to the level of complexity that they are comfortable with.
Some of the Applications for Qualtrics at BU
- Use a mid-semester survey to gauge students’ satisfaction with classroom practices such as quizzing, tutoring, supplemental resources, and assignment structures.
- Give students a diagnostic quiz when they begin a course
- Identify key factors of student engagement that improve their experiences in learning contexts, like assignment formats or assessment practices.
- Give students a helpful tool with which to gather qualitative research for class projects.
Support for Qualtrics
IS&T offers trainings on the use of Qualtrics. For a consultation or one-on-one training on using Qualtrics, reach out to EdTech through the firstname.lastname@example.org email. There are also online resources for using Qualtrics on TechWeb.