ARS Self-paced testing/surveys
can be conducted with the Reply IQ System using ARS wInquiry software’s
standalone module. The standalone module takes advantage of Reply
IQ’s IQK-MEM feature connector (FC), which allows participants
to utilize a special self-paced keypad polling mode that the IQ
keypads are capable of performing when they detect that the IQK-MEM
feature connector is present.
In this mode, the keypad’s upper-most left and right buttons
(see A & B) can be used to navigate through a set of questions
(1-170) that have been downloaded to the feature connector memory.
The standalone entry mode will always be multi-digit; therefore,
some care must be taken to avoid entering “11” where
“1” was intended.
While the keypads are in this mode, communication with the IQ base
station is not strictly necessary. The keypad could be taken out-of-range
of the base, for test/survey data collection purposes, and then
brought back within range when data is available for download to
the computer using the Standalone module, an add-on to the ARS wInquiry
software. Using the “Send” key on the keypad is also
not strictly necessary. When the “Send” key is used,
the operator will receive the one response and may view the question
data through the operation panel that is constantly monitoring the
keypad while in this mode. When the “Send” key is not
used, the data becomes available when the operator chooses to download
data from one or all keypads.
The two basic Standalone scenarios are as follows:
- Give a keypad to each participant and let them go about inputting
data at their own pace based on the question text on the IQ keypad
display and/or a written test/survey. The group's responses would
then be collected at the end of some period of time (all at once).
The data gathering session is then complete and we return to wInquiry
to view, display, and print the results.
- Send out a group of data gathers' each with one or more keypads
and wait for each of them to return before collecting the data
from one keypad at a time. The keypad’s data may then be
“erased” and sent back out to gather more of the same
question data while other keypads are still in use collecting
data. This is a "public survey" application.
Using our wInquiry’s already advanced
reporting features, data can be viewed, displayed, printed and exported
in a variety of ways.
Self-paced testing is perfect for trade show
surveys, market research, and