Choose-Survey project for Royal
Holloway University of London
Technologies employed: Python, MySQL, PHP,
SurveyMonkey RESTful API, LDAP, HTML/CSS, GCM (Google Cloud Messaging)/Firebase
Conceived by the Economics department and developed by Jamie
Alnasir, Choose Survey is a survey delivery and respondent tracking
system integrated with SurveyMonkey and the University's IT user authentication system. Choose Survey delivers university developed
surveys to the user (targeted at currently enrolled undergraduate students) via
Android app and Wordpress derived mobile friendly site.
The project is hosted by Royal Holloway's Computer Science Infrastructure.
Choose survey synchronises a locally stored metadata database with SurveyMonkey
through their API system, and in conjunction with student login information from
the university (utilising LDAP) facilitates user login and survey response
tracking. This information is used for research purposes under an ethical remit and
a gamification system is employed to act as incentive for students to complete
|Survey Sync (Python,
MySQL, RESTful API)
||Connects to SurveyMonkey
through their Restful API service. Reads JSON responses and incrementally
populates the RHUL metadata db.
|Wordpress is configured to
authenticate users (Royal Holloway students) against the universty's IT
system via LDAP, this ensures only users with valid student IT accounts
may login. This is secured with SSL.
|Survey Theme (PHP, MySQL)
||The "business logic"
that is displayed to the user in the frontend app is built on a
"mobile-friendly" Wordpress derived child theme. This derived
"Survey Theme" contains the business logic and necessary PHP/MySQL
to connect to the locally stored RHUL metadata db.
|Survey App (Android, CSS)
||An Android app is a thin-client
type frontend to the Survey Theme and is available for students to
|Admin Panel (PHP, MySQL,
||Facilitates the University
Choose-Survey team to manage meta-data and gamfication (the awarding of
points/ incentive scheme).
Push notifications architecture
implementing Google Cloud Messaging:
The Choose Survey system has been equipped with push-notifications using Google
Cloud Messaging. The system integrates SurveyMonkey, the University's IT
infrastructure and Google Cloud Services to allow the Choose-survey team to
deploy notifications from Royal Holloway servers out to the student user base on
Android. We are also currently planning roll-out for the iOS version of the app.
Push-notification alerts can be easily received from the app by students without
having to log-in to the system and notifies enrolled students of project news
and upcoming promotional events.