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Using Mobile Device Logic and Tracking in Qualtrics Surveys

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By in Distance Education, Mobile, Software, Tools, Training, Uncategorized on .

Qualtrics online survey software, provided to faculty, staff and students at Purdue, is providing more options for mobile device display choices and tracking. We often want to know these days whether someone is accessing our survey from a mobile device or perhaps ask questions that are specific to a particular device being used to complete the survey.  Qualtrics allows you do both of these actions.

If you have a survey that contains questions pertaining to specific access, either desktop or mobile; use Display Logic for those questions and select Device Type conditions.

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  • Select the question that you want to add a display condition to and use the drop-down box to select Display Logic
Display Logic Choice on a Question

Display Logic Choice on a Question

  • In the Display Logic dialog box, select the first condition to be Device Type.
  • Select your Device Type from the drop-down choices.
Device Type condition box

Device Type condition box

  • The logic confirmation box will appear on the top of the question with your selections.
Display Logic Confirmation box

Display Logic Confirmation box

  • This logic for Device Type display may be used in the Survey Flow structure as well.

Additionally, you may want to track what type of device is being used to complete the your survey. Qualtrics allows this tracking by providing a hidden Meta Info question that you may create and insert anywhere in your survey. That question will provide data back to you regarding the browser and operating system used to complete the survey. Since the user never sees this question, you may insert it near the beginning of the survey.

The following fields are available for tracking/reporting as a table in your report or in the downloaded data set: Browser, Version, Operating System, Screen Resolution, JavaScript Support, and User Agent. (User Agent contains the data string for the question. If you forget to add the hidden Meta Info question before you launch your survey, you may add it later using an embedded data field to the Survey Flow area; which is called “UserAgent“.)

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  •  Add the Meta Info question, by selecting Create a New Item and then Meta Info Question
Meta Info Question Type Selection

Meta Info Question Type Selection

  •  The following image shows the question as it displays within your survey in Qualtrics.
Meta Info Question Box

Meta Info Question Box

DAISy Readers for Android Devices

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By in Accessibility on .

I have written articles on DAISy(Digital Audible Information System y)  readers for Windows, Macintosh, and IOS (iPod, iPhone, and iPad).  I would like to finish the series by mentioning DAISy readers for the Android operating system.  The two most prominent DAISy readers are:

Darwin Reader https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ndu.mobile.daisy.full

GoRead https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.benetech.android

David Schwarte

 

Digital Learning Badges at Purdue

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By in Mobile, Student Technology Kit on .

Studio by Purdue is proud to announce Passport, a digital badge learning platform developed here at Purdue University.

Passport allows instructors to create challenges that a student can complete to earn badges. Purdue’s Passport platform integrates with Mozilla Open Badges. Bill Watson, an assistant professor in Curriculum and Instruction, was instrumental in the creation behind Passport.

“Typically in courses, we have a number of very broad learning goals, and grades are given out on student assignments tied to these broad goals,” Watson says. “But really, it is more a comparison of students rather than a focus on student learning and attainment of desired learning outcomes.”

Passport provides a framework allowing students to earn badges through uploads, sharing links, taking assessments, and through instructor approvals.

Students can show what they know by displaying their digital learning badges through Passport’s portfolio app or as a  Mozilla OpenBadge. By actively sharing badges, students can display the evidence tied to each challenge, giving a clearer picture of their learned skills and competencies to potential employers.

Purdue is accepting test pilot applications for a limited number of beta users so that instructors everywhere can explore digital badges for learning. Visit http://purdue.edu/studio to find out more.

The Google Map App Ups The Ante

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By in Mobile, Tools on .

Google AppsUsers of the Google Map App on Android phones will soon get a nice upgrade that will allow the app to render map images quicker, show 3D building representations, use the built-in compass to orient the map, and allow for offline caching.

It seems like Google has upped the ante yet again for mobile apps. The upgraded app has a new rendering engine that allows maps to be drawn as you activate them, making them load faster and using 100 times less data per map. This new renderer allows for the 3D generated buildings to be displayed as the user zooms into the street-level view; making for smoother transitions while zooming at different levels. Because of the way that the renderer works, Google Maps will have offline capabilities on mobile phones allowing for turn-by-turn navigation to recalculate a route even while not having a data connection.

The upgraded app will also use the built-in compass on the phone to automatically change orientation of the map for the user holding the phone. This feature alone will make this upgrade worth while, allowing the user to get their bearings quickly in unfamiliar locations.

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