IT-SERVICES supports WU employees and graduate students in conducting online surveys.
We set up your own instance of our open source tool "LimeSurvey" on one of our servers. There, you and / or your graduate students can create and carry out surveys. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
If you want to conduct a survey and need further information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lime-Survey currently offers
Unlimited number of surveys at the same time
Unlimited number of participants in a survey
More than 30 different types of questions that can be customized via question attributes
Three different survey modes (question-for-question, group-by-group, all in one)
Support in more than 50 different languages in frontend and backend
WYSIWYG HTML editor for easy formatting of text blocks and integration of tables, graphics, etc.
Defining optional conditions for questions based on earlier answers
Creation of a printable survey version
Re-usable editable answer templates
Integration of pictures, movies or different types of multimedia content into a survey
Ready-made question templates for different applications
Assessment surveys, giving feedback to users at the end of a survey
Defining evaluation rules to assign points to individual responses and providing users with a predefined feedback at the end of the survey
Anonymous and Not-Anonymous surveys
Surveys with open and closed user groups
Sending of invitations, reminders, and access keys for a survey
Option for participants to buffer answers to continue the survey at a later time
Template editor for creating your own page layout
Extensive and user-friendly back-end (admin page) in different languages
Possibility to enter the data directly in the back-end
Survey starting and expiry dates for automation
Enhanced import and export function (Text, CSV, MS Excel, PDF, SPSS, R, queXML)
Integrated statistical evaluation functions with graphical results presentation and possibilities for filtering as well as exporting to PDF & Excel
LimeSurvey is an open source tool hosted by IT-SERVICES "as is". Please note, that the source code of LimeSurvey has not been subjected to any in-depth security audit. Usually, for a normal collection of empirical data this is not necessary, as personal or sensitive data are not in focus.
LimeSurvey must not be used for the systematic collection of personal data or for the collection of sensitive or highly sensitive data. Also, it is necessary to clarify up front whether may be collected at all. In case of doubt, consult with the Legal Department of WU. This also applies if data from third parties should or has to be used to carry out the survey.
Frequently Asked Questions
To whom do I send the survey?
WU students can use the "Umfragen" mailing list to send their surveys to all WU students. Every student can sign out of the mailing list at any time.
To avoid an overuse of the mailing list, please mind the following guidelines:
How to send surveys via mailing lists
We recommend sending the message text as well as the questionnaire in German and English. In the case of purely German-language questionnaires, please make sure that you add the cue "German-language survey only" at the beginning of the text.
It is absolutely vital that you have a valid return address.
“[Umfragen]” is automatically inserted before the subject line that you filled in yourself. After sending the email to the list, it can be found in the archive of the list.
What is to bear in mind when using the mailing list "Umfragen"?
Sending out surveys via mailing lists must be permitted by the Vice-Rector for Academic Programs and Student Affairs.
Please note the following:
Mailing lists can be used by WU students for dissertations and master theses;
Mailing lists should not be used for bachelor theses unless the survey results provide information that will serve the further development of teaching at the WU;
In addition, mailing lists can be used for WU internal research projects. The number of possible mailings per semester is limited within the individual departments.