Give survey respondents the options to choose ‘Other’ or ‘Other, please specify’ as a survey question response option
Some survey questions have straightforward answer options such as some yes/no questions, but there are many single response and multiple choice questions with list options that may or may not meet all respondents’ needs. No matter what type of survey you are conducting, be it a course evaluation, health assessment, customer satisfaction survey, or any type of research survey, there will always be a need for questions that include an ‘Other’ or ‘Other, please specify’ response option. When developing your survey, do your best to create answer options that are as complete as possible, but always include the option for the respondent to select ‘Other’ or ‘Other, please specify’ so they can provide their own response option.
The North East Association for Instructional Research (NEAIR) is an individual membership driven organization that promotes institutional effectiveness in postsecondary education through excellence in the field of institutional research. NEAIR’s mission is to focus on facilitating the professional development of its members while promoting best practice and ensuring integrity in institutional research. The theme of this year’s conference is Leading the Charge for Institutional Renewal. Continue reading →
When developing your course evaluation or student evaluation, how you ask each question will determine the type of information you obtain. Because prompted recall (Closed questions) triggers memory, they will usually produce more answers than unprompted recall (Openquestions or unprompted closed questions). Continue reading →
Course Evaluations and Student Evaluations sometimes use ‘closed questions’ (one or more answers selected in a predetermined list of responses) for many reasons. Usually it is done to get quantitative information about the course or program being reviewed. Continue reading →
Course Evaluations and Student Evaluations sometimes use ‘open questions’ (questions that provide for a unique response box) for many reasons. Usually it is done to get qualitative information about the course or program.
The answer box is open to undefined answers and can accept different types of responses: Continue reading →
Course evaluations and student evaluations are a good way to gain valuable information about the quality and quantity of information students are receiving from your course or program. These surveys can help you to evaluate professors, curriculum, and other factors, that can ensure your students are receiving the desired results from their enrollment. Many learning centers use student evaluations to improve and expand programs and to be certain their staff is appropriately skilled in providing the quality course materials that students expect. Continue reading →