Google Docs: We’ll do it for you!

Posted by Brad J. Ward | Posted in Free, Google, How-To Tuesday, Recruitment, Research, Technology, Web | Posted on 09-02-2008

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I have long been a supporter of Google Docs, and a recent update just made me that much more excited to continue to spread the love to others.

This post will supplement my previous post on how to create a form in Google Docs. The latest update is that Google Docs will now compile data for you! Here are some screenshots.

First, open your spreadsheet/form and then click to edit form.

After that, just hit ‘View Responses’.

Voila!  A quick look at your statistics so far.  When you’re compiling several hundred responses, it’s a great way to view data without doing all of your number crunching early.

Googled it, google search, google, internt search engine, google, i googled it, used google, google, google…..

Wait, where were we? :)

It spits out some nice bar and circle graphs as well.

So there you have it.  If you have not tried to run a survey or form through Google Docs yet, give it a try! Very easy to use.

Comments posted (5)

Is this an accessible survey form? I’d love to survey some of the students who use our Disability Resource Center.

Marilyn – that’s a good question. I am not that familiar with web accessibility standards, but here is a sample form that you can check:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pjG19CBpNu8d7xumKr_xaQw&hl=en

How does it stack up to survey monkey?

In terms of reporting, I have not done a lot with survey monkey. The ease of Google and integration into my current workflow will sell it over SM for me every time, though.

I think Google Docs is miles ahead of SM in terms of how it looks, though. I shudder every time someone on staff sends a SM link to students, it’s just plain ugly.

I do love the manner in which you have framed this situation and it really does supply me a lot of fodder for thought. On the other hand, from what precisely I have seen, I only hope when other opinions pile on that individuals remain on issue and in no way get started on a tirade associated with the news du jour. Yet, thank you for this outstanding piece and whilst I can not really agree with this in totality, I respect the viewpoint.

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