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

Available Survey Software Training Opportunites

Enjoy a variety of options for Snap 11 Survey Software trainingSnap-survey-software- trainingSnap Surveys offers a variety of convenient online training opportunities.  Whether you are new to Snap Survey Software or an advanced user, we have training opportunities that will fit your specific requirements. Training courses are offered in sessions scheduled at the your request, on a day and time that is convenient for you or your team. Online training courses can be customized to your specific needs.  We do offer training topics,  including:  Continue reading

5 Benefits of Online Course Evaluations

What are the 5 benefits of online course evaluations 

algood-course-evaluationTransitioning your paper-based course evaluation to an online course evaluation doesn’t have to be difficult. With online survey software, the transition is easy and an online platform provides many benefits. In our last post, we discussed  the reasons to create an online course evaluation system with online surveys software. Today, we discuss the benefits. Continue reading

Survey Feedback and Reporting Solutions in Action

Explore some of our customers’ experiences with Snap Surveys’ survey feedback and reporting solutions

In yesterday’s post, Made to Measure Feedback and Reporting Solutions, we discussed how Snap Surveys can provide customers with a more customized feedback solution. “With our survey software solutions and services expertise,  we can provide you with everything a survey project requires, from questionnaire design and data management, to analysis and reporting. We also offer training, translation services, access to online panel samples, and custom technical development.”

As mentioned, we’re already working with clients in a wide range of sectors. We’d like to share with you some of their experiences. Continue reading

Give Survey Respondents the Option of Choosing an ‘Other’ Response

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.

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Reminder: Snap Survey Software at NEAIR in Boston this Sunday!

Come visit us at NEAIR in Boston starting this Sunday, Dec. 3rd!

The 38th Annual NEAIR Conference presented by the North East Association for Instructional Research will take place at The Boston Park Plaza and Towers in Boston, MA, December 3 – 6, 2011.  Continue reading