Forms and Surveys at Hampshire

The Hampshire Form Generator

For over ten years, Hampshire IT has supported a custom tool, built by students, for generating online forms. Many staff, faculty, and students have used the Hampshire form generator to create online forms and surveys for different purposes. While this system has worked OK for the needs of some, it is lacking in features and has some bugs of its own. Rather than focusing our time and attention on maintaining the Hampshire form generator (and, frankly, rebuilding the wheel) we are embracing other tools that already exist with similar and better features. Enter Qualtrics…

Qualtrics

Qualtrics Research Suite is a powerful tool for building complex surveys and doing data analysis. Hampshire has a license to use this software, which has been a key part of collecting data for the Office of Institutional Research for the last few years. Much like the Hampshire form generator, anyone with a Hampshire username and password can create forms and surveys using this software. Learn more about the latest version and features of Qualtrics.

We will be hosting workshops this Spring for folks who are interested in learning more about Qualtrics. In the meantime please contact Asha Kinney with any questions or to request training.

The Future of the Hampshire Form Generator

Hampshire IT has made the decision to slowly retire its custom form generator. The slow retirement will look something like this:

  1. The ability to create new forms will no longer be available as of March 1, 2016. People will still be able to submit responses to existing forms, and owners of those forms will still be able to access and export responses, but nobody will be able to create brand new forms.
  2. The ability to submit responses to forms will no longer be available as of August 1, 2016.
  3. The ability to access and export responses to forms will no longer be available as of September 1, 2016.

What Does this Mean for Form Owners?

  1. If you have any forms in the form generator that need to be active after August 1, 2016, the forms will need to be recreated elsewhere. Unfortunately there is no way to export forms out of the form generator. We recommend creating forms in Qualtrics, but if you find that Qualtrics is too much for your needs and you want a more simple form building tool, please get in touch with IT and we can discuss other options for creating basic online forms.
  2. If you want to save responses to any of your forms you must export that data before September 1, 2016. Here is a quick video that shows how to download form response data.

Questions?

Contact the Applications and Web Services team.

Are You a Programmer? Come Work @Hamp!

The Hampshire College IT department is looking for an awesome programmer to join our fun, flexible office. You can read the job requirements (and APPLY!), but we wanted to use some of this space to share what working in IT @ Hampshire is like, and why we love our jobs.

Who Are We?

Applications and Web Services is one group within the centralized IT department at Hampshire. We have many responsibilities within our group of 7 people, which could be summarized as:

  • College websites (dozens and dozens of them)
  • Enterprise applications (for admissions, course registration, human resources and more)
  • OneCard (access to buildings, meal plans, bookstore, etc)
  • Reporting services (both ad-hoc as well as longitudinal analytics)

We do many other things, but that covers most of it. This position we’re seeking to fill is a developer within Enterprise Applications.

What Is Working @Hamp Like?

First of all, we’re people. We have likes and dislikes. We work hard. We have fun. And we like to eat and talk about food. A lot.  Some of us love to cook, bike, hike, walk, ski, paddle, play games, watch movies, play music, read; the list goes on and on. We have varied interests and skills both in and out of the office. I suppose one way to convey some of the awesomeness of our office is “show, don’t tell”.

Join Us!

Don’t be misled by the awesomeness above – we work hard. But we play hard and respect the creative efforts of everyone to make our office both productive and fun.

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Tech Tip Extra: Unplug for the Holidays

It’s always a good idea to unplug electronics before heading off on an extended break. This will save electricity and protect devices from power surges should the power go off and back on again during the break.

We have seen printers as well as computers and monitors fail from power surges. If you’re the last one to leave the office before break, take a look around and see what is left on or plugged in; write a note to remind yourself or a colleague to plug them back in in 2016.

Have a wonderful break!

hamp.it URL Shortener

hamp.it is a Hampshire-branded URL shortener. This offers anyone (students, faculty or staff) the means to post a short URL to a Hampshire webpage without having to use a commercial service like tinyurl.com or bit.ly. There are a few policies in place to use it appropriately, but if you see a news item or announcement with hamp.it in the URL, you should know that this is a legitimate Hampshire domain.

Read the full policy »

Say Hello to Another New Programmer

Please join us in welcoming Kevin Wiliarty, our new senior web programmer in IT. Kevin is joining our small team of web programmers in Applications and Web Services that is responsible for technologies supporting the web presence of the College. Kevin comes to us with a great deal of experience in higher education, including active participation and development in the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP) community. He’ll be kicking off this summer with an upgrade to Hampshire’s Moodle installation.

Our New Web Programmer

Please join us in welcoming Vincent Abruzzo, our new web programmer in IT. Vince is part of a small team of web programmers in Applications and Web Services that is responsible for technologies supporting the web presence of the College. These responsibilities include recommending, installing, maintaining and administering content management software and supporting users in a decentralized content model; and recommending, installing, maintaining and administering learning management software and working with the technology for teaching and learning staff to support instructional technology needs. We are also responsible for designing and developing new database-driven web applications in addition to maintaining and enhancing existing ones; performing quality assurance testing to ensure cross-platform and cross-browser compatibility; resolving structural problems; and providing technical support for various web sites and services.

Hampshire College IT Seeks Network Engineer

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is accepting applications for a network engineer in its Information Technology Department.

Reporting to the Director of IT Infrastructure, the network engineer will plan, design, upgrade and troubleshoot local and wide area network infrastructure, including routers, firewalls, switches, gateways, wireless access points and controllers; DNS servers; DHCP servers;  and related hardware, software, and services.  The engineer will supervise the work to the cabling plant; and will work closely with the campus electricians and the Director of IT Infrastructure in planning the low voltage portion of new construction and renovations, as well as the systems team to implement services and monitoring as required. The engineer will manage the College’s telecommunications services including telephone and voicemail systems and voice services. This position may be required to work nonstandard hours in order to complete off-hour upgrades and maintenance, and will be on-call 24/7/365 for College systems and networking issues unless otherwise arranged.

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum of five years of job-related experience is required. Qualified candidate must possess an extensive knowledge of Ethernet and phone network design, protocols and operating systems. An extensive knowledge of network routing, phone switching, and other related skills is also required.

This is a full time, 12-month benefited position. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefit program. Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at https://jobs.hampshire.edu/

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity in education and employment.

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