Survey of Libraries' Management of Learning Performance Data

Principal Investigator (PI): Graham Sherriff        

Faculty Sponsor: n/a

Funder: n/a


You are being invited to take part in this research study because you may have a role in, or interest in, libraries’ management of the "learning performance data" gathered by digital learning objects' question and quizzing features. This study is being conducted by Graham Sherriff at the University of Vermont.


Libraries' use of digital tutorials and quizzes make it possible to collect a lot of data from students. This project explores how libraries are collecting and managing these kinds of data. It uses the term “learning performance data” to describe:

  • data representing students' responses to questions
  • data representing students' overall scores for a quiz or tutorial
  • aggregate data representing the performance of multiple students on a question or tutorial

Examples of data-gathering digital learning objects include tutorials and quizzes created in platforms such as Google Forms, Captivate, Guide on the Side, LibWizard Tutorials or Qualtrics.
This project excludes tutorials and quizzes created with the native features of learning management systems (BlackBoard, Moodle, Canvas, etc) that are administered by an institutional unit other than the library.

Study Procedures

If you take part in the study, you will be asked to answer 13 multiple-choice and short-answer questions related to libraries’ management of learning performance data. All questions are optional. In most cases, it should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete the questions.


As a participant in this research study, there may not be any direct benefit for you; however, information from this study may benefit other people now or in the future.


We will do our best to protect the information we collect from you during this study. We will not require any information that will identify you to further protect your confidentiality and avoid any potential risk for an accidental breach of confidentiality.


There will be no costs to you for participation in this research study.


You will not be paid for taking part in this study.  


All information collected about you during the course of this study will be stored without any identifiers (anonymous). No one will be able to match you to your answers.

Participant information will be stored in a password-protected survey platform on a University of Vermont server. Access will be restricted to the study investigators.

At the end of the survey, you will be invited to provide information about yourself that may be used for purposes of further contact and research. Information gathered for this purpose will be stored separately from your survey.

Voluntary Participation/Withdrawal

Taking part in this study is voluntary. You are free to not answer any questions or withdraw at any time. You may choose not to take part in this study, or if you decide to take part, you can change your mind later and withdraw from the study.


If you have any questions about this study now or in the future, you may contact Graham Sherriff at the following phone number: (802) 656-8132. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, then you may contact the Director of the Research Protections Office at (802) 656-5040.


Your participation is voluntary, and you may refuse to participate without penalty or discrimination at any time.  

Please print this information for your records before continuing.