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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

Checking Your Qualtrics Survey Display on a Mobile Device

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

Since mobile devices are often the access point for email, it’s logical to assume that someone might view your survey link on a mobile device. Checking to see if your questions will display properly is an easy thing to do.

First you should know that Qualtrics surveys are built to be “adaptive” to a device’s screen size and type. The devices that are recommended as compatible, include Android, iOS, and Windows Phone systems. Secondly, while all surveys are set up to be adaptive, be aware that some questions may not display well because they are too wide in their format. So, it’s useful to check your survey questions with the Mobile Compatibility Advisor in Qualtrics.

To use the Mobile Compatibility Advisor, from the edit mode on your survey:

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  • Click on Advanced Options and then select Mobile Compatibility Advisor. The Advanced Options tab is in the upper right of your screen.
Mobile_Compatibility_Advisor button

Advanced Options tab showing Mobile Compatibility Advisor

  • In the survey, small mobile icons appear to the left of any question box that might have a display concern. You can click on the icon and read the display issue message. An orange icon means the question might wrap or display poorly due to the length of the answer choices.  A red icon means that question format will not display consistently on mobile devices or may not display at all on a mobile device. In either case, you may adjust your question format and run the advisor again to recheck the survey before sending it out or posting the link.
Example of a Red Mobile Icon Image

Example of a Red Mobile Icon

Review of Blackboard’s Mobile Learn app

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By in Blackboard Learn, Distance Education, Mobile, Tools on .

How can students use the Blackboard Mobile Learn app on their iPad?

With the arrival of new technologies there is always the questions posed by higher education, “what could it do for us”? Blackboard Inc, the makers of the course management software we use at Purdue, has created a mobile application that allows students to access their courses using a tablet device and/or smart phone. Since the introduction of Blackboard Learn at Purdue, the application gained attention from faculty who are curious of its capabilities and limitations, there is an overview of what has been tested.

The Review

Note on testing the app: Two Educational Technologists, Chris Callahan and Ben Holmes worked together to test the app. Ben supplied a demo course and Chris took on a student role in the course and wrote what he experienced using the app with the course in this review.

Announcements- The course came with an announcement already put into place, which was posted by ITaP with an automatic caution message setup to warn of not using an iPad or any other mobile devices for taking assessments. It popped up correctly and could be closed without issue. A review on assessments completed using an iPad is provided below.

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Course Content-

    • A video: Once the popup appears it asks students to “View in Browser”, which means once they click it another popup with content appears, in this case the page containing the video. The new popup shows a small video thumbnail and once clicked it displays the video. A student can use touch gestures to enlarge its view, use the enlarge button on the top left of the popup to make it larger or even close the video. Sometimes, the video takes a while to load. When this review was written, only a white outlined rectangle was visible. If the video is closed (by clicking on the top right part of the video thumbnail), the student is returned to the course in the traditional browser view of course content, which is easier to see if the popup is enlarged.

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  • A PowerPoint: Another Popup shows. If a student clicks “View in Browser”, it will take him/her to the traditional browser view on course content. From the desktop browser view a student could zoom in and click the attachment that opens the PowerPoint file. Instead, there is another link under the section attachments in the popup that links directly to the PowerPoint file. By clicking on this, the PowerPoint slides appear in a popup and you can view the slides as a static vertical list of images (static meaning no animations or transitions are shown in this view).Screenshots are shown below.

    • Test for Chris: Ben created a test that contained two types of questions, one as a multiple choice and the other was a calculated formula, which contained two variables. Once the link was clicked, this text was displayed: “Unfortunately, this test is not mobile compatible because it includes unsupported question types or settings. We recommend you take this test in a PC [or non-mobile] browser. Check out our help section in the Settings area to learn more about test compatibility”- as shown in the screenshot below. Thus I’m guessing the calculated formula which was simply a two variable calculation “[x] times [y] equals” is what caused this test to be unavailable on the Mobile Learn app.

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    • An Assignment: Once clicked a popup appears that shows a form field for submitting a sentence or a “View in Browser” button. The “View in Browser” button, once clicked returns us again to the traditional browser view and shows us the assignment submission page. If the student clicks on “Browser My Computer” the only thing this activates are two options “Take Photo or Video” or “Choose Existing”. Thus, it is assumed it is not possible on a default iPad to upload any other type of documents, such as Word docs or PDFs. Alternatively, a student could click on “Browser Content Collection” and then have to click on the “My Content” link on the left to get to their saved documents on Learn.

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      • Alternative, using Dropbox: There is a built in plugin that allows students to submit documents into the course’s assignments using Dropbox. They must click on the settings button and provide the login to be able to access these documents. Apparently the Dropbox login will only last as long as the student is logged into Mobile Learn, so they would need to provide their credentials again when they open the app after powering on their iPad. However, when I went back to the Assignment page and clicked on Browse My Computer, no button/link appeared that would allow Dropbox documents to be uploaded.

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Media Gallery- Once the link is clicked, a popup is shown and provides the “View in Browser” button. This takes the student to the traditional browser view. This view presents students with two video thumbnails, the video player (shown on the right of the third screenshot) which automatically plays the first video shown in the list. When this video player was clicked, it played normally. Also, I had no problem skipping around in the video or adjusting other settings, such as the video size.

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Discussions- A simple, effective setup which allows the student to view each forum > thread> and messages in a linear fashion. It is easy to add new forums, threads, and messages (depending on permissions given to the student). Nothing out of ordinary and seems to work as it should.

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My Grades- Another simple view for seeing grades, which lists the columns in the same order as they are shown in the traditional browser view of My Grades.

Student Help- Lists the same links that are shown on the “Student Help” page, except the descriptions are only shown in the popups of these links. By clicking on the “View in Browser” buttons of different popups, the student is shown a different page in a normal browser view; here is the list of what each one does:

  • General Information about Blackboard Learn at Purdue
    • Takes student to the “General Information about Blackboard Learn at Purdue” Dashboard page on Confluence.


  • Blackboard Support Documentation
    • Takes student to the “Blackboard Support Documentation” page from the official Blackboard Help page


  • Support for Common Tasks
    • Takes student to the “Support for Common Tasks” or the traditional browser view for Learn “Student Help”

  • Supported Browsers, Plugins and Operating Systems for Blackboard Learn
    • Take student to the “Supported Browsers, Plugins, & Operating Systems for Blackboard Learn Release 9” page on Blackboard Boards KB.


  • On-Demand Learning Center for Students
    • Takes students to the “On Demand” Learning Center for videos on how to do certain tasks in Learn. By click on any of these videos’ “Watch it” links however, it is revealed that they are Flash-based, thus unless they go to page on a regular computer or flash-enabled device, these videos won’t play for the iPad.


  • Purdue Library
    • Takes the student to the homepage of the Purdue Libraries.

Other features reviewed on the app

Top left search bar above links to courses- It only functions to find courses, but from what I found, it does NOT search for content inside courses.

Settings- Several options available, including “Notifications” “Link” “Dropbox” “Help” “Privacy” and “Logout”. Notifications are the messages the app sends an individual while they are on their iPad, Link Dropbox are the login options for connecting to the service, Help is a resource link to help with the apps’ functions, Privacy is information related to the apps conditions and uses, and Logout allows students to securely logout of the app.

Dashboard- Contains essentially information on what has changed in a course, such as content being added or edited, and announcements made by the instructor. Students can sort these dashboard notifications by date, type, and class.

Verdict on the app: After reading the review, students and instructors alike may have varying opinions of the usefulness of this app. Given that the app is licensed out by Blackboard through the Apple app store at $1.99 per year or $5.99 for life, the question students and instructors may be asking themselves is “Is it necessary to have this?”. Students can still interact with Learn through any mobile browser, which can present its own limitations given the screen size of the device and some mobile browser compatibility with Learn’s coding. Thus, if a student or instructor uses the app, it should be used mainly for viewing content and discussion boards. For Assessments, assignments, and adding content activities, it is our suggestion that these take place on either a desktop computer or laptop browser. Lastly, it is expected that this application will receive upgrades in the future that will provide noticeable improvements that fix the issues addressed in this review. Stay tuned in the coming months for any updates on our findings.

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.