Every quarter, beginning in the middle dead week, student course surveys are made available for students to complete. These anonymous surveys are conducted online and are administered by the Academic Administration Office.
From the survey website: “Attention: If your survey is set to anonymous there is really no way to connect answers and participants. Even the admin can't link answers' data and users' data. However you will always be able to specifically view all answers entered by a certain anonymous individual participant in the survey. Thus individual, but anonymous, statistics is still possible to do.”
Here is a copy of the survey displaying the questions.
Courses with five or more students enrolled are selected for the survey process. Courses such as labs, practicums, and courses with fewer than five students are not surveyed. Professors are given a copy of the results at the end of the survey period.
We understand rating your courses may seem tedious, but your professors really do appreciate the feedback, whether it conveys praise or constructive criticism. You are encouraged to give as much written feedback as possible. Below are just a few testimonies from professors explaining some changes that were made based on course surveys they received.
“I have ditched and replaced textbooks in two different courses based, in part, on feedback I received from student course surveys. This worked to my future students' benefit!”
“Students' comments in course surveys have reminded me of the value of integrating spiritual discussions into topics we address in class.”
“I believe the course surveys have provided feedback that has allowed me to continually improve my courses. For instance, last year in General Psychology I had an activity in which students spent around 5 minutes teaching material to their group that only they had prepared ahead of time from a book of readings on myths. Afterwards I randomly selected several students to answer questions about this material in front of the entire class. Students received points for themselves and their group based on the judged adequacy of their answers. The course survey showed a number of students unhappy with this process (e.g. feelings of anxiety about being chosen to speak up in front of the large class and fear that they would let their group down). This quarter I discontinued this activity and instead give a short quiz over the material after the peer teaching portion. So far, it seems to have worked better. I guess we’ll see after the next course survey!”
“When grading papers for my students, I chose to leave audio feedback for them on Canvas, instead of leaving traditional written feedback. My students told me they appreciated that when they filled out their course surveys. I plan to continue using the audio comments in Canvas as a way to help my students achieve on their assignments.”
It's always therapeutic for me to hear the positive along with the negative about a course. It helps in planning for that course the next time it's taught. Some students would rather share their concerns and praises in this fashion instead of a face-to-face meeting with the instructor, so I encourage all my students to participate and "VOTE"!
If you have any questions please contact the Academic Administration Office at Ext. 7103 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, even if you are satisfied with the class it is very important that we get your feedback so that the results will be balanced and accurate.
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