Too Early To Talk Course Evaluations? It’s Never Too Early.

School is back in session, and before we know it, it will be time to administer course evaluations.

course-evaluationWe have pulled together several great topics on Course Evaluations in the Snap Surveys Blog. Checkout some of the great past posts listed below.

Enhance Learning with a Course Evaluation System

Your educational institution can enhance student learning through the use of a comprehensive Course Evaluation System

5 Tips: Increase Response Rates of Course Evaluations

Common features of an online course evaluation and 5 tips you can use to increase course evaluation response rates

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7 Tips to Increase Course Evaluation Completion Rates

This content was updated on November 16, 2018.

Last month, in a previous blog post (5 Tips: Increase Response Rates of Course Evaluations), we discuss ways in which you can increase the response rates of your course evaluations. As we discussed, there has been an increased growth in the use of survey software for the development of online course evaluations. Higher education institutions have acquired integrated survey software systems that take a hybrid approach to survey administration, offering a choice of paper, online, or mobile survey administration, allowing you to better match the method of survey administration to the needs and preferences of respondents.

Taking a hybrid approach to course evaluations is one tip you can use to help increase response rates (view more tips). However, what do you do if you come across an increase in drop-out rates? If you’re struggling with low completion rates, there are several strategies you can put into practice to help increase rates.

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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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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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5 Tips: Increase Response Rates of Course Evaluations

Common features of an online course evaluation and 5 tips you can use to increase course evaluation response rates

algood-course-evaluationCapture_Course_EvalThere is no surprise that there has been an increased growth in the use of survey software for online course evaluations. Many colleges and universities have acquired integrated survey software systems that take a hybrid approach to survey administration, offering a choice of paper, online, or mobile survey administration. This allows higher education survey researchers to better match the method of survey administration to the needs and preferences of respondents. Continue reading

Snap Surveys Helps University With Course Evaluation System

Snap Surveys helps Leeds Metropolitan University set-up a complete Course Evaluation System  to make it easy for students to provide feedback

Leeds Metropolitan UniversityWhat was the challenge? Leeds Metropolitan University (Leeds Met) approached Snap Surveys with the challenge of developing a solution that would make it easy for students to provide course and module feedback, and for university staff to have instant access to results for analysis. Their existing evaluation system entailed manually surveying thousands of students on over 100 different modules and courses, with data exported to Excel for analysis. This process proved to be time consuming and laborious for both the students completing the course evaluations, and for the university staff setting up and analyzing the data. There was also potential for the data to be unreliable.

What was the solution? Snap Surveys recommended that Leeds Met install Snap WebHost, Snap’s online survey management system on their own servers. This meant that Leeds Met could have complete control over survey security and have no restrictions on the number of surveys, survey responses, and analysis logins. We also recommended using Snap’s Grouped Questionnaires feature to provide a simple framework for students to give feedback.

What was the result? Access the full case study. 

It’s That Time of Year for Course Evaluations

student-course-evaluationsAs the college semester comes to a close before holiday break, students are beginning to receive many requests from professors and administration to complete online course evaluations via email, or paper course evaluations distributed during class time. These evaluations cover a wide rage of topics and are an effective tool for gathering feedback on student satisfaction with course structure and material, effective teaching methods of professors, or communication of administration. Continue reading

6 Tips for Designing Effective Course Evaluations

Here are 6 tips you can use to design effective course evaluations 

algood-course-evaluationBefore embarking on the design of your course evaluation, you should determine what your goals are for this research – what information would you like to acquire? And, what will you use this information for?  Do you want feedback on student satisfaction with course structure, effective teaching methods of instructors, or communication of administrators?  No matter what feedback you decide you want to gather through your course evaluations, you need to ensure that you create questions with proper wording that will draw out the feedback you are looking to obtain. Continue reading