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2010 Sakai Multi-Institutional Survey Initiative

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Survey instruments for the "core" survey items are available here:
Instructor "Core" Survey Items
Student "Core" Survey Items

MISI, or the Multi-Institutional Survey Initiative, is an endeavor among Sakai institutions to ask similar questions of instructors and students across Sakai implementations. Through this initiative, we hope to be build on the successful 2009 effort to compare and contrast similarities and differences between institutions as well as provide feedback to improve Sakai development in the future.

In order to accurately compare institutions, it is important to use the same survey question as much as possible. To that end, the participating institutions have been working hard to arrive at a set of shared "core" survey items that will be used across institutions. The 2010 effort will build upon the survey items for the 2009 survey (see the instructor and student survey items).

Participation is voluntary. Each institution is responsible for obtaining human subjects approval (IRB) to conduct research, if required. Furthermore, institutions are encouraged, but not required or mandated to use the "core" set of survey questions or share them with the initiative. Michigan has offered to analyze the combined 2010 quantitative dataset. To limit variability, participating institutions are encouraged to administer their surveys online between April-June 2010.

(As an example, here is a copy of the Texas State IRB Request for Exemption from last year.)

If you are interested in participating, please add your information to the table below. Our first meeting will take place online in January 2010:


Contact Name(s)

Contact Email(s)


University of Michigan

Steve Lonn


Rice University

Angela Rabuck


University of Delaware

Mathieu Plourde
Dick Sacher


Indiana University

Rita Pavolka


Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Jean-François Lévêque

Survey will be done in French (Survey translation QA volunteer, Mathieu Plourde)

Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale

Frédéric Dooremont


Texas State

Salwa Khan


Marist College

Brian Dashew


Rutgers University

Gayle Stein


Virginia Tech

John Moore


University of Virginia

Stephanie Conley & Yitna Firdyiwek &


Lourdes College

Susan Shelangoskie


University of Hawai'i

Kenwrick Chan


UNC - Chapel Hill

Kim Eke


Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary

Paul Gibbs


Nagoya University (Japan)

Shoji Kajita


Daybreak School

Brian McCarthy


Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Aristóteles Cañero

Survey will be done in Spanish. UPV will do the translation

Washington and Lee University

John Blackburn


Johns Hopkins University

Brenda Knox , Rob Coyle & Charmaine Thompson,,


University of Applied Sciences of Bragança (Portugal)

Paulo Alves

Survey will be done in Portuguese. Will work with UFP on translation.

Danubius University of Galati (Romania)

Severin Bumbaru

Survey will be done in Romanian. Danubius University will do the translation

Universidad de Guadalajara

Rafael Morales


New York University (NYU)

Heather Stewart


Universidade Fernando Pessoa

Feliz Gouveia & Luis Borges Gouveia &

Survey will be done in Portuguese. Will work with IPB on translation.

CEIPA, Institución Universitaria (Columbia)

Diego Mauricio Mazo Cuervo


College of the Redwoods

Maggie Lynch


University of California, Berkeley

Lisa Rothrauff


Sakai Foundation

Pieter Hartsook

observing to keep up-to-date with MISI (will attend Wed)

Management Center Innsbruck

Wolfgang Rohregger, Teresa Zangerl &

University of Dayton

Jerry Timbrook


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Q: Who Can Participate in MISI?
A: Any institution running Sakai 2.4 or higher in pilot or production. All levels, languages, and locations are invited to participate.

Q: Who Conducts the Survey?
A: Your institution will run its own online survey. In the past, institutions have used commercial applications (e.g., SurveyMonkey), home-grown systems, and self-coded surveys.

Q: Who Decides What Items Are On the Survey?
A: The collective group of participating institutions will decide on the items via email, conference calls, and Confluence wiki. Ultimately, each institution can decide to opt in/out of each "core" survey item, but are strongly encouraged to participate in order to maximize data collection.

Q: When Will Meetings Begin?
A: In mid-January 2010

Q: How is Survey Data Shared?
A: Anonymized data (not aggregated) is uploaded to a shared Sakai site. Michigan has volunteered to combine the data into one big spreadsheet and run an initial summary. Each participating institution may use the combined dataset to run their own analyses.

Q: When Should the Survey Be Administered?
A: In order to minimize variability, each participating institution is asked to administer their survey for 2-4 weeks in March, April, or May 2010.

Q: Where Can I Find Information About the 2009 MISI?
A: On this Confluence page


  1. Steve (or anyone who has done the survey last year),

    Could you share the proposal or letter of acceptance from your IRB so we can use them as templates as needed?

    1. Mathieu,

      I've attached a copy of the Texas State exemption request on this page near the top.  Hope it helps.  Salwa