Show & Tell – Upcoming Discussions


April 4th, 2017

  • Brandon Allen – Qualtrics

He will present the new AXM Qualtrics platform. The meeting information is listed below. Feel free to join online and/or by phone.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap: 16465588656,920474571# or 14086380968,920474571#

Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)

+1 855 880 1246 (US Toll Free)

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Meeting ID: 920 474 571

Show & Tell – Previous Discussions

September 13th, 2016

  • Amanda Rinehart – Assistant Professor and Data Management Librarian. Amanda discussed about data management plans and best practices in managing Qualtrics data.
  • John Strawn – OAA Web Communication Specialist. John presented useful Microsoft tools for automating reports from Qualtrics data.

October 4th, 2016

  • Amanda Baker and Ben Andrews, Research Analysts in the Center for the Study of Student Life. They discussed survey fatigue and the use of incentives in survey research.

November 1st, 2016

  • Mary Higginbotham (Pharmacy), Heather Lansky (EHE), Jen Abbruzzese (Wexner), Mary Shook (James) and Lauren Haas-Gehres (Social Work)

They covered the following topics:

  • onboarding with Qualtrics within your division.
  • managing users within your division.
  • ideas for in-house training.
  • managing groups within your division.

December 6th, 2016

  • Timothy Huerta – Associate Professor, College of Medicine, College of Public Health. He presented about his experience in using Qualtrics APIs for advanced data management.

February 7th, 2017

  • William Ashley – Communication Specialist
  • Mary-Butler Ravneberg – HR Data Analyst

They spoke on the collaborative approach OHR takes to survey data, including survey process and reporting, examples of their survey partnerships, and upcoming projects.

March 7th, 2017

  • Peter Bossley – Director, Digital Accessibility Center
  • Laura Fathauer – Digital Accessibility Center GA
  • Rahim Abdi – OCIO Accessibility Analyst

They will spoke on the following topics:

  • ADA / OSU Digital Accessibility policy
  • Accessible Technology in principle and in theory
  • Universal design
  • Qualtrics survey examples and benchmarking

Minor Change to Qualtrics Email Distribution

From: OSU Qualtrics Brand Administrators and OSU-OCIO Email Team

To: All OSU Qualtrics Users

Within the past few months we evaluated the best options to address issues related with emails distributed directly out of Qualtrics and being captured into recipients’ SPAM email boxes. In order to deal with these situations, we are planning to change the “From” email address in Qualtrics to instead of the current email is an OSU managed email. This email will not be associated with any particular survey or research protocols.

The timelines for this change are planned for the week of January 3 – 6, 2017.

We anticipate there will be no interruption to any survey protocols. We advise users to check their active surveys/projects/protocols during the week of January 9 – 13, 2017 to make sure that everything is working properly.

OSU-Email team and Qualtrics Technical team will perform testing right after the change. If the testing fail, we will resume to using the current “From” email:

The Brand Administrators encouraged the Division Administrators to send this information to their users.

Additional resources can be found here:

–        Avoid being marked as Spam

–        Using a Custom From Address

–        Email Distribution Management

Please let us know if you have any questions.


The OSU Qualtrics Brand Administrators



The Qualtrics Brand Administrators and OSU-OCIO Email Team performed additional testing after the change of the “From Email” address in Qualtrics.

Unfortunately, there were a couple changes that did not work as planned:

  • Using the From Email as displays differently based on how the survey is distributed to respondents. This creates confusion for respondents and increase the likelihood they would delete survey emails or view them as spam, rather than open and participate in the surveys.
  • We identified a maximum threshold for outgoing emails where the From Name was set to This limitation is set by Microsoft as 10,000 emails per day. There are caveats around what counts toward this limitation, but it is too small for larger survey projects, and monitoring and properly managing this limitation for all OSU Qualtrics users is not feasible at this time.

Based on the negative impacts to Qualtrics users that the aforementioned findings represent, the Brand Administrators asked Qualtrics to back out the change. The Qualtrics system now works as it did before with respect to the From Name field.

Backing out the change means that Qualtrics users will need to take additional protocols and steps to increase deliverability of their surveys. The best practices shared in the resources below should be used by Qualtrics users when creating and distributing surveys:

–        Avoid being marked as Spam

–        Email Distribution Management


The OSU Qualtrics Brand Administrators

Calling All OSU Qualtrics Users

Be a presenter at our monthly “Show & Tell” discussions.

All discussions will be held in 352 Classroom at Research Commons, 3rd Floor of 18th Avenue Library. from 12 – 1 PM.

Sharing experience and knowledge is what makes the OSU Qualtrics User Group a great community. So please do your part and tell others your Qualtrics tips and tricks during these brown bag discussions.

Submitting a presentation idea is easy. Just email us, your title, topic, idea or tip, no later than a week prior each meeting.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Show & Tell – Upcoming Discussions, 2017

February 7th

March 7th

April 4th

May 2nd

June 6th

August 1st

September 5th

October 3rd

November 7th

December 5th

Additional Division Administrator Sessions Scheduled

Two additional informational sessions are scheduled for Division Administrators on September 7 and 13. These sessions are mainly intended for those Division Administrators who did not have a chance to attend any of the previously scheduled sessions.

Each session will cover the same information:

  • Close the loop on outstanding questions and concerns from last session
  • Interactive discussion around user types and upgrade codes
  • Demo of key aspects of the Qualtrics administrative tab
  • Division Administrator action items

An email containing the dates, times and additional information was sent by the OSU Qualtrics Brand Administrators group to those Division Administrators who did not attend any of the previously scheduled sessions.

If you are a Division Administrator, didn’t attend any of the previously scheduled sessions and did not receive the email sent on August 11th, please contact us.

Qualtrics Features Available to OSU Users

The following screenshots include the features currently available under the OSU Qualtrics License. The grayed out features are not available under the current license. For enabling any of the available features, users should contact their division administrators. Detailed description of these features is available at this link:

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Division Administrator Sessions Scheduled

Two informational sessions are scheduled for Division Administrators on June 8 and 22. Division Administrators are asked to attend one of the two sessions if their schedules permit.

Each session will cover the same information:

  • Close the loop on outstanding questions and concerns from last session
  • Interactive discussion around user types and upgrade codes
  • Demo of key aspects of the Qualtrics administrative tab
  • Division Administrator action items

An email was sent by the OSU Qualtrics Brand Administrators group on May 27 to all Qualtrics Division Administrators with dates, times, location and additional information.

If you are a Division Administrator and did not receive the email sent May 27, please contact us.

Qualtrics Gets New User Interface

Qualtrics has upgraded to a new user interface.

Current Ohio State Qualtrics users will be able to “opt in” to use and become familiar with the new interface. On June 21st, the old interface will be completely deactivated and the new user interface will be used to create and manage surveys.

To learn more, visit: New Qualtrics User Interface.


Qualtrics survey software has several uses at the university:

  1. Course requirements: students may need access to Qualtrics as a requirement for a course.
  2. Academic research: faculty conduct surveys that may need to be approved by institutional review board (IRB), or their results may contain sensitive and private data or be subject to HIPPA compliance.
  3. Administrative surveys: staff in various offices of the university and the Medical Center conduct surveys to make administrative decisions.
  4. Event registration: several people with Qualtrics accounts use it as a tool to register people for events and seminars.
  5. Proposal/Grant Submission and Review: some staff use Qualtrics to manage and review proposals and grants.

Qualtrics offers its own robust customer service and training resources through knowledge base articles on its website at Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to first use these resources as they interact with the software or if they have a question that is beyond the scope or knowledge base of OSU staff.

This site has been established to provide one location from which faculty, staff and students can obtain basic information and access to resources for Qualtrics use at Ohio State.