Contact Richard Dumala (email@example.com) or Mat Chandler (firstname.lastname@example.org) to obtain an account to use FluidSurveys.
You must have an active UWinID to receive a FluidSurvey account.
The following information is provided to help people understand how to use FluidSurveys and the conditions under which you are granted a license to use this product.
a) For support questions, please email email@example.com) Please do make sure to watch the FluidSurveys introductory software video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCQbfM_Iczoc) You can also find the rest of FluidSurveys videos here: http://fluidsurveys.com/help-tutorials/d) If you don't have access to YouTube for watching our Video Tutorials, you can watch them on the FluidSurveys site at:http://fluidsurveys.com/fluidsurveys-video-tutorials-non-youtube/
Conditions for the use of this service.
1. This service is available only to faculty, staff and students at the University of Windsor.
2. Eligible users must have a valid UWinID.
3. Users must follow the University of Windsor's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
4. Other relevant terms and conditions can be found at http://fluidsurveys.com/about/terms/.
5. The University or FluidSurveys reserves the right to suspend or cancel this service if the above conditions are not met.
This article appeared in inSight, Fall 2011.
Creating On-line Surveys Using FluidSurveys
By Richard Dumala, Manager – Web Services Group and Client Services and Support Group.
The University has entered into a one-year agreement with FluidSurveys (http://www.fluidsurveys.com) a popular, comprehensive on-line survey creation service. This new, cloud based product will largely replace the service provided by Web Services Group for researchers who do on-line surveys. The University license allows us to create up to 500 “enterprise” level surveys over the next year. The “enterprise” edition of FluidSurveys provides the following features;
FluidSurveys is very easy to use. It features a drag and drop survey editor and loads of features. You can create and analyze surveys, polls and online forms in minutes. FluidSurveys provides a fast and efficient way to collect & analyze information online. There are a number of on-line data analysis features embedded in the service. But data can be exported to popular file formats including comma separated values (csv), Excel and others. There’s even an SPSS export facility.
FluidSurveys lets you create surveys in as many languages as you’d like. You can translate everything in one interface, so there’s no need to jump back and forth between different survey versions. This makes creating a survey in multiple languages really fast, and really easy.
The surveys are compliant with our current accessibility requirements as specified by AODA, 2005 (http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_05a11_e.htm). They conform to WCAG 2.0 AA Web standards (http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG/).
The collected data is stored on servers located in Canada. No data is stored outside the country. This should alleviate concerns that people have that are related to privacy.
You must have a valid uwindsor.ca e-mail address (UWinID) in order to qualify for a FluidSurveys account. If necessary, researchers who are working with colleagues at other institutions may apply for a “friends” account so that person can access FluidSurveys. There is no cost to use this service but you must be prepared to do the development work yourself. I.T. Services Helpdesk will provide support if you have any questions or other issues that you cannot resolve by yourself. We do anticipate offering training in the near future.
FluidSurveys may not be for everyone. For the time being we have a one year contract for this service. So if you are running a longitudinal study or expect to be using the on-line form beyond August 2012 you want to talk to Web Services Group to see if it makes more sense to host the on-line survey on campus.
University policy requires that anyone interested in doing any kind of survey must obtain clearance from Research Ethics Board or REB (/reb). There is an administrative survey policy that can be found on the Office of Institutional Analysis web site (/info/adminstrative-survey-policy).