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.
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:
Of the 18 total classes in this course, how many did you attend?
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.
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?_______
Common features of an online course evaluation and 5 tips you can use to increase course evaluation response rates
There 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 →
Learn how to create a common course evaluation survey for multiple courses with Snap Survey Software
We have created a worksheet describing how you can send student respondents to a course evaluation survey, which they complete once for each course they have completed. When a student has completed an course evaluation, that version is marked as completed and no longer available to the student.
All the responses are analyzed together, so you can make direct comparisons between evaluations of different courses, years, etc. This is done by linking a common course evaluation survey (also known as an iterative survey or a combined survey) to a database that lists all the courses that a student has completed. Snap WebHost, our survey management and analysis system, then provides each student with the course evaluation surveys appropriate to them. 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 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 →