Advantages and Disadvantages of Closed Questions in Course Evaluations

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Closed questions in Course Evaluations?

This content was updated on November 16, 2018.

In yesterday’s post (Choosing Between Open or Closed Questions for Course Evaluations), we discussed how you ask each course evaluation question and points for best construction of your course evaluation questions.

Course Evaluations will use a majority of Closed questions (one or more answers selected in a predetermined list of responses) for many reasons.  Typically, Closed questions are used to get quantitative information about a course, program, or instructor.

In a Closed question, the specific answers are provided.

  • Closed Question – Named Answer with Single Response
Which applies to you? Full-time Student______ Part-time Student______
  • Closed Question – Named Answer with Multiple Responses
What was your reason for selecting this course?Major Requirement______Minor Requirement______Pleasure______Elective ______
  • Closed Question – Ordered Answer Category
Which applies to you? First Year Student?_____Second Year Student?______Third Year Student? ______Fourth Year Student?_______
  • Closed Question – Ordered Answer Category Rating Scale Reponse
How would you rate the professor’s knowledge of the course subject matter?Excellent___Good___Average___Fair____Poor____

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