Workshop September 2019: LimeSurvey Web Surveys

A 1-day workshop running through setting up, conducting and exporting your data for a web based survey in the freely available Limesurvey web survey software system.


The course is held in ACSPRI's Melbourne Office

Monday, September 9, 2019
Early bird cutoff date: 
Monday, August 19, 2019
Course details:

Limesurvey is a powerful web based survey tool, used in many fields for conducting high quality web based surveys.

This workshop runs through setting up, conducting and exporting your data for a web based survey in the freely available Limesurvey web survey software system.


Workshop - runs over 1 days

​Adam Zammit is the Director of Operations at ACSPRI.  Adam is the lead developer and maintainer of a suite of free / open source tools for survey research (queXML, queXF, queXS and queXC) and is a contributor to the LimeSurvey project. Adam also manages many survey projects, including web, telephone and paper based studies. Current projects include data collection for the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA) – a national postal survey.

Course dates: Monday 9 September 2019 - Monday 9 September 2019
Course status: Course completed (no new applicants)
Week 1
About this course: 

This workshop will introduce the Limesurvey administrative interface, and dive straight in to setting up a questionnaire. We will cover the Expression Manager system of Limesurvey which allows for conditional logic along with text replacements and inline calculations. Once we have set up a working questionnaire, we will introduce methods for inviting and managing participants, including email invitations with unique tokens and open access surveys. You will learn how to manage and monitor an ongoing survey, and how to export your data for analysis to multiple statistical packages. Time permitting, we will cover exporting your questionnaire to a paper based scannable questionnaire.


If you already have a draft questionnaire, you could use this workshop as an opportunity to have it programmed in the Limesurvey system. If not, we will provide a demonstration questionnaire to work on during the workshop.


Included in the workshop will be one survey activation in ACSPRI's Limesurvey hosted system: CANVASS (Valued at $50 for full time students, or $100 for others)

Course syllabus: 
  1. Introduction to Limesurvey and CANVASS
  2. Setting up Limesurvey (including basic templating)
  3. Programming your questionnaire
  4. Conditional logic and text replacement using Expression Manager
  5. Inviting participants / Participant management
  6. Survey monitoring and reporting
  7. Data export
  8. Creating a paper based survey using Limesurvey (time permitting)


Course format: 

This workshop will take place in a classroom.  You will need to bring your own laptop as we'll be using a web browser.

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Q: Should I have a questionnaire prepared before attending this course?

A: This isn't necessary,  but the workshop would be a great opportunity to work on your your own draft questionnaire.

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Terms and Conditions: 

1. BOOKING - ACSPRI does not accept ‘expressions of interest’ for course places, i.e. all bookings, are considered firm, and a cancellation fee is charged if you cancel your booking after the early-bird date.

2. DISCOUNT RATE – The discounted rate for ACSPRI members is available to all staff and students of member organisations. To be eligible for this rate:

The course fee must be paid by either the member organisation or by you. Where fees are paid by a non-member organisation the non-member rate applies:and
You must either have a valid email address issued by the member organisation; or you must hold, or have a right to hold, a current staff or student identity card from the member organisation.

In addition, to be eligible for a full time student discount the participant must:

Hold, or have a right to hold, a current student identity card from the member organisation;
Be enrolled as a full-time student;
Make payment in full with your application, arrange electronic funds transfer (EFT), or contact ACSPRI to advise credit card details for payment, by the early-bird closing date;
Provide ACSPRI with contact details of your supervisor, so we can request them to confirm your eligibility for the full time student rate.

The early bird rate applies to all bookings paid in full by the early bird close date, otherwise you will be charged at the standard rate.

3. REFUNDS & CANCELLATIONS - Course fees are not refundable unless:

we cancel the course in which you have enrolled; or
you cancel your enrolment before the early-bird closing date.

A cancellation fee of $250 will be charged if you cancel within the period from the early-bird closing date of and one week prior to the commencement of the program. The full course fee will be charged if you cancel within 1 week of the beginning of your course.

4. PRE-REQUISITES - Course descriptions specify course pre-requisites. You must undertake to meet the pre-requisites of the course(s) in which you enrol. If in any doubt, you should contact ACSPRI prior to enrolling.


The ACSPRI Head Office is located at 763 Heidelberg Road, Alphington, just before the corner of Yarralea St.



The ACSPRI Office is only 20 minutes from the Melbourne's CBD via train. Accommodation located close to any of the City Loop train stations (Parliament, Melbourne Central, Spencer St, Flinders St and {on weekdays} Flagstaff) or other stations along the Hurstbridge Line will enable a very easy commute (see Transport below). We expect most visitors would appreciate staying quite centrally and there are numerous accommodation options. It is worth checking a travel website (expedia, tripadvisor, etc) to fine the best option for your budget and requirements, but we recommend staying close to a train station as per above.


Ivanhoe Quest Apartments are located 20 minutes walk east of the ACSPRI Office, along Upper Heidelberg Road.  You can also catch the train to Alphington Station from either Ivanhoe Station (2 stops - city direction) or Darebin Station (1 stop - city direction). You can also walk to Heidelberg Road (4 mins) take the 546 Bus to Yarralea Street, which is opposite our office.



Car Parking / Transport: 

Alphington Station is roughly 20 minutes from Melbourne Central (and other City loop stations) on the Hurstbridge Line and only a few minutes' walk from the ACSPRI office. There are also a number of bus lines that service the area. Bus services are very limited on weekends and the train is recommended. Click here for the journey planner.


By car, the quickest route for many local Melbournians will be via the Eastern Freeway and/or Chandler Hwy. From the CBD the Eastern Freeway from the Inner North will also probably be the quickest route. At that time on a weekend 20 minutes would allow plenty of time. Parking is usually available in Yarralea St or nearby but not on Heidelberg Road. 


Secure space is available to store bicycles at the office. The office is very close to Alphington Park, which backs onto the Yarra River and subsequently a vast network of Melbourne's bike paths.



Venue and Timetable: 

The course will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm each day (unless otherwise notified).

Breaks are usually held at 11:00 - 11:15, 12:45 - 1.15 and 2:45 - 3:00. Lunch and a small morning and afternoon tea are provided each day.