University of Cambridge Qualtrics
Online tools are a popular means of polling a mass audience, but some solutions do not provide sufficient flexibility for academic research purposes. Qualtrics Research Suite is a professional online survey tool that offers more than 100 question types and a great degree of flexibility in terms of designing the user experience. It is widely used for academic research.
Qualtrics is available to Academics, Students and Administrators and is supplied on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) basis.
Alongside the Research Suite product, the University is licensed for 4 add-ons namely;
- File Upload: File Upload allows respondents to browse their device and upload a file (document, image, etc.) to a survey. They can upload files up to 16 MB in size. The files can be downloaded from the reports one by one or all together as a .zip file. (https://www.qualtrics.com/support/survey-platform/survey-module/editing-questions/question-types-guide/advanced/file-upload/)
- Table of Contents: This feature allows respondents to take surveys like reading an anthology of stories. Start one story, stop midway, start another, finish the first, and start yet another before finishing the book entirely. (https://www.qualtrics.com/support/survey-platform/survey-module/survey-flow/advanced-elements/table-of-contents/)
- Qualtrics API: The REST API allows you to link Qualtrics with any other database to be able to push and pull information from one database to another. (https://www.qualtrics.com/support/integrations/api-integration/using-qualtrics-api-documentation/)
- Offline Surveys: Qualtrics Offline Surveys is an application for iOS and Android that allows you to administer surveys on your mobile device without an internet connection. Responses can be collected in the field on your mobile device, and then uploaded back into Qualtrics as soon as you have an Internet connection. (https://www.qualtrics.com/support/survey-platform/distributions-module/mobile-distributions/offline-app/setting-up-the-offline-app/)