Online Survey Training. Dr. Beverly Tremain provided an online survey training webinar for the grantees on October 26, 2010.
She provided an overview of the free version of SurveyMonkey - a popular and user-friendly online survey program.
We started with creating a survey, including yes/no, multiple choice, and open-ended questions.
Then she explained how to use the Question Logic option or skipping option - to jump from one question to another string of questions (depending on your response to the initial question).
Bev continued the demonstration with a focus on data collection, primarily by sending the survey URL to everyone in the community or placing the URL on Facebook. She concluded the demonstration with suggestions for sharing the findings, including saving the bar charts as an html or pdf file. One member of the webinar suggested taking a computer screen snapshot and emailing that out to everyone. (It can be edited with PhotoShop if needed.)
Bev highly recommended piloting the survey before launching. She also reminded everyone that this tool is designed to create surveys and help with data collection and display. It still requires a separate and concerted effort to construct quality survey questions.
An added bonus of the demonstration is that it was conducted using free DimDim software, which facilitates group online demonstrations and webinars. It allows the presenter to share their desktop with all of the webinar participants. This allows the presenter to demonstrate the software, in this case SurveyMonkey, on her screen and simultaneously project it to the computer screens of every webinar participant.
Bev also mentioned another resource during the demonstration, which is called FreeConferenceCall.com. This enables you to conduct a conference call for fee for up to 20 people at a time.