September 30, 2015|News, Survey Trends & Best Practices|
survey software academic educators

From grade school to grad school, today’s savvy educators are using survey software like Checkbox Survey to measure and monitor student performance and school-based trends – and it’s easy to see why. The automated functionality embedded in survey tools makes it easy for educators to capture information online, saving them time while helping them collect more accurate data about their school, curriculum and student performance.

So what are the five key ways educators are using survey software?

1. Measure performance

Scored surveys can be a big time-saver when it comes to grading tests, quizzes and assignments. With them, educators can assign points to survey questions and add them up to get a total score – and real-time measurement of a student’s performance. Survey software from Checkbox also gives educators the choice of keeping scores private or forwarding them to students through email or message alerts. Detailed reports can also be generated to analyze an individual student’s performance or to dig deeper into the survey results to see how classes or groups performed as a whole.

2. Monitor satisfaction

Online satisfaction surveys provide a fast and convenient way for educators to gather student, parent and community feedback about their curriculum and student life. By embedding surveys into school websites or posting them on social media channels, students and educators can capture public opinion and get satisfaction ratings on a wide range of topics. Students can rate classes, parents can rate school performance and teachers can provide feedback to administrators. It’s a great way to identify opportunities for schoolwide improvements so educators can be more responsive to and engaged with their communities.

3. Streamline research

Use online surveys to simplify academic research for class projects, thesis papers or dissertations. Open-ended questions can be used to identify new trends while closed-ended questions can be used to gain measured responses on targeted information. With Checkbox Survey, educators can give students access to online surveys to run opinion polls and send out ratings scales, to name a few uses. CAPTCHA can be embedded into surveys to validate respondents. For more sensitive research at collegiate levels, survey software can be installed on secure servers and integrated into existing infrastructures along with permissions and user controls to secure access to survey data.

4. Simplify administration

Replace paper-based data collection and forms with online information capture via web forms posted on school websites and teacher pages. With them, important student information can be captured and stored, eliminating the need for duplicate data entry and enabling faster responses to inquiries. Use embedded forms to collect contact information, request program updates, or sign up for school notices and events.

5. Encourage participation

Choose a survey tool that supports multilingual surveys so you can remove language barriers to survey participation and ensure the best possible responses by your entire community. Checkbox Survey supports multiple language survey questions to provide a uniform experience for all students regardless of their preferred or spoken language.

Checkbox Survey offers hosted or installed versions of survey software that blend secure integration and ease of use via standard browsers. Check out our special academic pricing for schools or try it free for 30 days.