Qualtrics at NIU

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Qualtrics survey software tracks participation, sends invitations and reminders, displays survey results graphically and statistically in real time, and exports raw data in a variety of formats including CSV, XML, HTML and SPSS, and popular statistical packages. NIU faculty, staff, and students can use Qualtrics for academic and administrative purposes on university-owned and personal machines for no cost to them.

Key Features

  • A survey library with templates that can be customized.
  • Survey translation capabilities, allowing respondents to select a language or default to a browser language preference.
  • Continuous file saving, minimizing potential data loss due to browser crashes.
  • Folders for survey organization.
  • Distribution of surveys to select panels of email recipients or via anonymous links.
  • Custom reports that update dynamically as new responses are received.
  • Over 90 question types.
  • Ability to collaborate with others within the institution or with colleagues at other institutions who have a Qualtrics license.

Creating Accessible Surveys

Help with Qualtrics

Configure your Qualtrics survey to use NIU's Single Sign-On

Configure the survey

  1. In the survey editor and open the Survey Flow
  2. Click Add a new Element Here near the bottom of the page.
  3. Select Authenticator
  4. Change Authentication Type to SSO
  5. Uncheck the box Associate Respondent With Panel (unless that is something you need to do.)
  6. Change SSO Type to Shibboleth

    Configure what (if any) identifying user information that you want to capture

  7. Check the box Capture respondent identifying info and click Add Embedded Data
  8. In the Embedded Data to Set field, choose and typea name for one of the information fields below.  
  9. In the Field from SSO box, copy and paste the Identifier field from the chart below. Remove any leading or trailing spaces.
  10. Click the green to add another embedded data field and repeat two steps above.
  11. Click Save Flow


Available Fields to Capture

Example Data Label Field from SSO Example Value
Username username z1234567@students.niu.edu
Email Alias fullname   vhuskie@niu.edu
First Name lastname Victor
Last Name firstname Huskie

Example Configuration


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