Session Title

Clear Eyes, Open Source, Can’t Lose: Pairing Assessment and Open Source Tools for a Winning Combination

Presenter Information

Shiva Darbandi, Credo Reference

Description

In the library and information science landscape, assessment serves as a powerful tool for evaluating programs, measuring learning outcomes, understanding user needs, and much more. Today’s do-it-yourself-librarian can use sites, such as SurveyMonkey and Zoomerang, to create questionnaires in a matter of minutes. These online tools can also make the task of data collection as simple as hitting a download button. Although online surveys have certainly made our lives easier, these tools still have a ways to go before assisting us with the often overwhelming task of data analysis. This traditional lecture style session will explore assessment tools beyond SurveyMonkey. Learn about free and Open Source programs that will quickly and easily help with the analysis of your raw data. From importing information into a user-friendly statistics tool to designing colorful infographics, this will be a quick and useful guide through the process of turning raw data into a format that’s more visually engaging for your stakeholders. Best practices, as well as several innovative examples, will be shared with attendees.

Start Date

21-3-2013 10:30 AM

End Date

21-3-2013 11:30 AM

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Clear Eyes, Open Source, Can’t Lose: Pairing Assessment and Open Source Tools for a Winning Combination

In the library and information science landscape, assessment serves as a powerful tool for evaluating programs, measuring learning outcomes, understanding user needs, and much more. Today’s do-it-yourself-librarian can use sites, such as SurveyMonkey and Zoomerang, to create questionnaires in a matter of minutes. These online tools can also make the task of data collection as simple as hitting a download button. Although online surveys have certainly made our lives easier, these tools still have a ways to go before assisting us with the often overwhelming task of data analysis. This traditional lecture style session will explore assessment tools beyond SurveyMonkey. Learn about free and Open Source programs that will quickly and easily help with the analysis of your raw data. From importing information into a user-friendly statistics tool to designing colorful infographics, this will be a quick and useful guide through the process of turning raw data into a format that’s more visually engaging for your stakeholders. Best practices, as well as several innovative examples, will be shared with attendees.