Assessment on the Go: Surveying Students With an iPad

Jennifer L. Jones, Bryan Sinclair

Abstract


Ongoing assessment in academic libraries, particularly the measurement of student perceptions, preferences, and satisfaction, can be a challenge to schedule and execute.  This paper describes a pilot project at Georgia State University Library that combined assessment with the portability of the tablet computer.  A tablet computer--in this case, Appleâs iPad--loaded with survey software became a digital clipboard with the added benefit of automatic data compilation.  Subjects were surveyed quickly in the library buildings, maximizing convenience for both subjects and researchers alike.  The result was a model that other libraries, as well as campus student services divisions and classroom instructors, can easily adopt.  Methodology, benefits, lessons learned, and ideas for future projects are discussed.


Keywords


academic libraries; assessment; surveys; user satisfaction; tablet computers; Apple iPad

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ISSN: 1947-525X