Recruitment Method

Posting Survey Links to Student Portals and Learning Management Systems

In addition to these recruitment methods, institutions can post unique survey links to their student portal and/or learning management systems, such as Canvas, Blackboard, and Moodle.

How does it work?

NSSE provides individualized survey links for each student in your population, which are then posted on the individual page for distinct students within the portal by IT staff on your campus. Various institutions have graciously shared examples of how survey links have been posted.

Because portal applications are typically customized when adopted by campuses, and because there are so many applications in use, NSSE staff cannot provide technical support for how to post links. It is therefore critically important that campus contacts managing NSSE connect with colleagues in IT on your campus several months before the survey launch to determine feasibility for posting links. Since NSSE cannot consult on technical specifications, we annually solicit information from institutional contacts who successfully post these links: view technical advice for several commonly used platforms.

Accessing the Survey without a Link

Finally, institutions may also direct students to nssesurvey.org; students enter their email address and access the survey following a quick verification process. This direction is used in the additional messages sent by campuses and may be used in promotional materials advertising NSSE around campus.

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