Throughout the examples in this website, we consider a diary as a set of questions that one or more participants need to answer once a day, every day, for days, weeks, or months. This means that each participant needs a booklet where each page has the same questions but is labelled with a unique consecutive date.
Let’s say you have a one-page survey that you want to distribute to 50 people.
a) For creating your surveys:
b) For encoding your surveys:
If you have quizzes that you want to give to your students or feedback forms for your clients, check the answer to the question above “How can I create and encode surveys?”
Let’s say you have a 3-page survey that you want to distribute to 50 participants. For creating your surveys:
For encoding the surveys:
No. You can create a PDF template for a diary or survey with MS Word or any other program but you have to process them afterwards in PaperStream as per the creating instructions. This is because PaperStream adds four “crop marks” to the corners of your template (like this page) so when is time to encode your diaries or surveys, PaperStream can frame and straighten the answer areas from the scanned pages as scanning machines do not align all documents perfectly.
PaperStream compares the encoding template to each scanned page of a survey/diary/quiz. Let’s say that we have an encoding template and an answered page of a survey as in the figure below. Thanks to the Marking Rubric that you created, PaperStream will identify the same area (Area A in the figure below) on the encoding template and on the answered page. If the number of black pixels on area A on the answered page is 15% greater than the number of black pixels of A on the encoding template, Area A will be flagged as answered.
PaperStream is very forgiving. It will flag an Answer Area as answered if a pen or pencil has marked 15% or more of its surface. It does not matter if pen marks go outside the Answer Area.
PaperStream will also detect duplicates and missing data with corresponding labels in the answers CSV file. You need to curate this results manually afterwards.
The user interface of PaperStream is browser-based. However, all the processing happens on your computer. Your diaries, surveys or quizzes, and their answers never leave your device.
At the moment this seems to happen because of the way I’m creating the bundle zip file for Windows and Mac OS. However, you don’t need to worry; your data never leaves your device. This issue will be fixed in future releases.
Not at the moment. All pen marks, no matter the colour, will be converted into black and white.
Not at the moment. PaperStream will detect ticks, crosses or any other shapes as black marks formed by pixels (tiny black squares)