DearScholar (developed by dr. Peter Kruyen, Radboud University, the Netherlands) offers researchers an intuitive and easy-to-use smartphone app for both iOS and Android to conduct longitudinal (self-report) qualitative and quantitative diary, log and survey research. Visit the App Store or Google Play for screenshots and user instructions. A web browser version is on my bucket list .
Because collecting longitudinal data becomes more important in academic research nowadays and because I was unsatisfied with the avaible tools, I developed DearScholar.
DearScholar allows researchers to easily and orderly collect rich and diverse qualitative and quantitative data over long periods of time to answer research questions about inter- and intra-individual changes, developments, and processes.
An academic publication in which DearScholar is described and discussed is under way.
DearScholar has been built using Apache Cordova, Phonegap, and Framework7 (v5.4.1, by Vladimir Kharlampidi). Icons are provided by Icons8.
Many thanks to the StackOverflow community for their (technical) help and the Framework7 people for their splendid tools; Glenn Houtgraaf MSc, the ICT Services (Radboud University, Nijmegen) for their advice; prof. dr. Sandra van Thiel for her encouragements; a big hug to all respondents for their effort and feedback during the developmental process; and last but not least, thanks to my family for being so awesome!
Security is important and cool.
Protected by username, password and a personal PIN code (or Touch ID / Face ID when available);
Secure data transmission over SSL to a secure server in the Netherlands;
Additional data encryption on the server (data-at-rest) is under way.
This is why DearScholar exists.
Flexible measurement schedule;
Open questions, rating scales, sliders, and binary (yes/no) questions;
Branching and skip logic.
Data logged on the respondents' devices, so respondents can review their answers during the entire research period (and after);
In app messaging to correspond with respondents (sorry for the current uncool lack of design);
Very soon, we (: Glenn Houtgraaf MSc, prof. dr. Sandra van Thiel, and me) start working with DearScholar in a diary study funded by the Dutch Research Council on work-related creativity. We use DearScholar to follow about 100 participants over a period of six months, asking them closed- and open-ended questions at bi-weekly measurement occassions to investigate creative processes.
Feel free to contact me, if you have an (ambitious) academic longitudinal research project in which DearScholar might be useful.