Faculty Exchange/Peter Sternberg & Ben Nagle Talk About Collecting Data

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General Information

  • Audience - All WSU instructors interested in doing student research with survey methods.
  • Interview Date - 5/22/204
  • Tools Used - Qualtrics

Meet the Faculty Member

Dr. Peter Sternberg, WSU Professor in Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.

Benjamin Nagel, Database Developer in Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research (IPAR).

Viewing the Interview Segments

The full interview is divided into six segments. Select play to begin viewing Segment 1. To advance to another segments at any time by using the Next Next button.

Segment Descriptions

  • Segment 1 Introduction Peter and Ben introduce themselves and their specialties.
  • Segment 2 Could you tell viewers why you approached TLT and IPAR? Peter explains that doing survey research requires subjects, but blanket emailing campus with requests for participants causes survey fatigue and considerable student frustration.
  • Segment 3 Could you describe how IPAR is using Qualtrics to prevent survey fatigue?Ben explains how IPAR provides random samples of students with the parameters faculty specify without sending to every student on campus. This increases the quality of the sample and prospect of higher participation.
  • Segment 4 How does a faculty go about requesting this sample for Qualtrics?Peter explained how to approach IPAR and Ben follows this with some more details about the way faculty can request specific data request through the use of Qualtrics Panels.
  • Segment 5 How does this improve the survey research process?In this segment they both talk about the way this new method allows improve the sample, increase sample response rates with followup emails, and reducing survey fatigue at the same time by not sending emails out to the entire campus.

Good Practices

  • This process allows the timely scheduling of surveys.
  • It also reduces the need to blanket campus repeatedly with emails requesting participation.
  • This also assures a random sample is drawn based on specified parameters
  • Following up with only participant's who have not take the survey assures you can reach desired response rates for your survey.


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