ERIC Number: ED264249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
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A Computer Support System for the Entry and Analysis of Questionnaire Data.
Shale, Douglas G.; Milinusic, Tomislav O.
This paper describes a computer support system that eliminated many of the problems associated with the usual methods of transcribing and analyzing questionnaire data. The system was created to support the course evaluation system at Athabasca University, a distance education university in Canada. The courses evaluated were all home study courses, and they varied significantly in design and with respect to the kinds of instructional materials they incorporated. Consequently, the evaluation questionnaires were custom tailored to each course, and little standardization was possible among courses. The sheer volume and variety of questionnaires required that some form of computer support be used. Within two years, the system supported the evaluation of 42 different courses requiring 125 distinct questionnaires. Software was written in the C programming language to run on a VAX 11/780 under the UNIX operating system. This configuration allowed for text editing features, specific and global scanning, and global alteration of sets of codes. Technical aspects of the system, as well as its limitations, were discussed in detail. (LMO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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