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Creating Web-based surveys using Quickdata 

** Note: Quickdata is deprecated.  For the best current options for conducting web-based surveys at DePaul, see http://surveys.depaul.edu **

Quickdata is an interface to a database for storing data from Web forms. You can use your Campus Connect username and password to access the system and set up surveys. You can use your own Web forms, or use the Quickdata site's tools to create one.

Creating a Web survey with Quickdata. If you find that you need more guidance, contact DePaul Instructional Technology Development.

POINT YOUR BROWSER AT THE QUICKDATA WEB PAGE

http://www.itd.depaul.edu/quickdata2

If this URL changes some day, try typing "Quickdata DePaul" in the search box at www.google.com for the latest version.

CREATE A NEW GROUP

Click on "Group Options - New Group" in the left panel, and give your group a name. For an example, the name could be "mygroup".

​CREATE A NEW FORM

In the left panel, click on "Form Options - New Form". Select the group to place it in ("mygroup") and give your form a name. For an example, "myform". It will ask if you want Quickdata to help you create a form. If you want to use your own Web form, click "no." If you click "yes" it will walk you through a wizard to create a new form (nice if you do not know anything about HTML).

COPY THE TAG TO YOUR THE FORM ON YOUR WEB PAGE

A window will pop up containing something like the following:



This should be the opening tag of the form you want to submit data from. It will be different for each form you "create" in Quickdata. What you have really done is to create a table in the Quickdata database where user input from a Web form can be stored. The URL in the tag points to a server-side script that puts the data from your form into that database. You can then access the data using the Web interface at the Quickdata website.

TECHNICAL NOTE: NAME VERSUS ID

Quickdata currently does not seem to understand id= labels for a form input field, so be sure to use name= instead of (or in addition to) id labels.

CHANGING THE DEFAULT "THANK YOU" PAGE

By default, Quickdata displays a "Thank You" page after the form data is submitted. You can change this to be a Web page of your choosing (such as your debriefing page). Here is how:

Once inside QuickData, click on your form. Then choose "form properties" on the left-hand side. A new window will pop up. Choose the "edit" button on that window. (You may have to scroll down to find it.) Type your URL, preceded by http:// in the box called "next page".