I did not have much experience with surveys before this week. Truth be told, I have always kind of avoided participating in them as well as creating them. I guess I have always felt that even the BEST survey will still be faulted due to an inherent disconnect between the audience and the survey provider. After this week however, I do think there is much more of a value in surveys and the information that can be collected through surveys is both vast and in depth. With the technological developments we have seen in the last few years, it has become possible to implement surveys and reach a very large audience using just the internet and social media. Also, because of the internet, we have been able to see results immediately.
We were asked to conduct a survey of our own for our graduate program and I was initially undecided as to what I might research using a survey. I began to think of ideas that would engage my social media audience such as movies or music but found that I was not quite sure what specific questions I might ask a large audience. Then, after watching the lecture for this week, I decided to research a topic that I deal with on a daily basis: higher education. Specifically, I wanted to survey the perceived value and accessibility of a higher education degree in the United States today. Using information from the lecture, I realized that I had to be careful with the wording of my questions and must admit, I edited multiple versions of just about every question on my survey. The service that I used to create the survey was SurveyMonkey, and I must admit, I was impressed with the services that the company offers on even the free surveys. Some of my general questions (age and degree earned) were populated automatically from SurveyMonkey once I typed in just a few keywords. The lecture also discussed having an incentive for completing a survey and though I do not have one, I did make the survey very brief in hopes that it will compel more people to complete the survey. This is my first experience with creating a survey and now that I know the wealth of information that they could possible reveal, I am more eager to engage with them going forward.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XJCV5N2 <— Take My Survey Here
Have you created a survey before? What was the most surprising part to you?
Do you think that we will ever vote for President using an online survey/voting mechanism?