Author: Amy Hoyt

Think Beyond the Survey

Think Beyond the Survey

Qualtrics is web-based survey software available to all Loyola University Chicago faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. While primarily known as a survey platform, this versatile tool can also be used for a variety of non-survey projects. Here are a few ideas for alternative uses of Qualtrics:

Program Evaluations: Qualtrics can be used to administer pre- and post-test surveys to measure changes in knowledge, attitudes, or behaviors. Open-ended questions allow respondents to provide insightful feedback about their program experience.

Event Registrations: Create registration forms using Qualtrics and automatically send confirmation emails once a form is submitted. The platform can also be used to track attendance and send follow-up feedback requests.

Customer Feedback: Collect customer feedback for special events, user testing, product opinions, etc. Whatever your customer feedback needs may be, Qualtrics can help collect user responses.

The Qualtrics platform provides a flexible interface and advanced features to tailor your data collection tool to best meet the needs for each project. The Offline Survey App also allows for data collection on mobile devices when an internet connection is not available. Your imagination is just the beginning of what is possible with this tool!

For more information about using Qualtrics at Loyola, please contact Amy Hoyt at

Extended Reality (XR) at the Stritch School of Medicine

Extended Reality (XR) at the Stritch School of Medicine

Extended Reality (XR) is a collective term encompassing Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) technologies. These technologies are expanding in higher education, providing experiential learning opportunities for students to enhance their understanding of materials presented in class.  

The Loyola Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) recently conducted a VR pilot in the second-year Mechanisms of Human Disease (MHD) course. Embodied Labs offers a series of modules providing students an immersive learning experience. Using the Oculus Rift S and Embodied Labs platform, students were able to experience Macular Degeneration and Hearing Loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and Lewey body dementia with Parkinson’s disease from the patient perspective. This exercise provided unique insight into conditions students learned about in class. Upon completion, students reported increased understanding of the conditions experienced and empathy for patients living with these conditions.  

This pilot was a successful VR implementation, with students indicating they would welcome increased use of this delivery platform throughout the curriculum. Please see our Bringing the Patient Experience into the Basic Sciences Through Virtual Reality poster for additional details. 

If you are interested in using XR and would like to explore how this technology might enhance your curriculum, please use the ITRS Scheduling page to start the conversation!