Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Questions in Course Evaluations

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

This content was updated on November 16, 2018.

Course Evaluations often times use Open questions (questions that prompt a unique response) for many reasons.  Typically, Open questions are used to get qualitative information about the course, program, or instructor.

The answer box of an Open question is undefined and can accept different types of responses:

  • Numeric Response
 Of the 18 total classes in this course, how many did you attend?
  • Date Response
 What were the dates of the classes not attended?
  • Time of Day Response
 What time of day did this course meet?
  • Free Text or Literal Response
 Would you like to comment further on this course?

Note: Although you can ask for numeric, date, and time responses with an Open question, these types of responses are better suited in the format of a Closed question. Comments and opinions are the best answered in the format of an Open question.

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