How to Increase Online Student Course Evaluation Rates: 4 Strategies That Work
Challenge - How to design online-feedback systems that work
- Typically, when students use online instruments to rate their course experiences, fewer of them respond than during in-person ratings done in the classroom.
- We believe persistent myths about differences between online and in-person student ratings.
- By designing our feedback systems beyond the end-of-course rating period, we increase student response rates—as well as increase their positive responses.
Whether our students are sitting in our classrooms or logging in on their phones from coffee shops and public libraries to rate their experiences of our courses, it’s time to create online-feedback mechanisms that just work, regardless of how our students interact with us.
Many campuses have moved entirely or partially to electronic survey instruments for end-of-course student ratings of teaching effectiveness. Because online surveys don’t provide the captive audience of the old pencil-and-bubble-sheet days, response rates on surveys are often lower than for paper versions.
This webinar will share four specific tactics that are proven to increase the response rates on electronic end-of-semester surveys—whether the courses themselves are in-person, fully online, or somewhere in between. We will also shatter myths about four common practices that do not help response rates at all. The presenter will also identify which three questions give the best and most actionable information for faculty members. Finally, participants will learn techniques to encourage eSurvey adoption across campus.
- Identify four common survey strategies that seem to—but do not—help to increase response rates
- Implement four specific strategies that actually do increase rating-survey response rates
- Identify which three questions give the best and most actionable information for instructors and programs
- Apply techniques to increase electronic survey adoption across campus
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Student Services/Affairs
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Dean of Instruction & Department Chairs
- Online Learning Administrators & Staff
- Anyone interested in increasing electronic survey results for faculty evaluations
By focusing on just four best practices in your e-survey program (and avoiding four techniques that seem promising but really aren’t), you can increase the response rates on your electronic end-of-course student ratings of teaching effectiveness.
Thomas J. Tobin is a founding member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Teaching, Learning, & Mentoring (CTLM), as well as an internationally recognized scholar, author, and speaker on quality in technology-mediated education, especially copyright, teaching evaluation, academic integrity, and accessibility/universal design for learning.
He holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in English literature, a master’s degree in information science, and certifications in project management (PMP), online teaching (MOT), Quality Matters (QM), and accessibility (CPACC) He recently completed the Penn State Academic Leadership Academy.
Named to Ed Tech Magazine’s 2020 “Dean’s List” of Educational Technology Influencers, Tom serves on the editorial boards of InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching and the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration.
His books include
- Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices (2015) with Jean Mandernach and Ann H. Taylor.
- The Copyright Ninja (2017).
- Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education (2018) with Kirsten Behling.
- Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers (2020) with Katie Linder and Kevin Kelly.
- UDL for FET Practitioners: Guidance for Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Irish Further Education and Training (2021) with Ann Heelan and Dara Ryder.
Find him on Twitter @ThomasJTobin, and at thomasjtobin.com.
Bio current as of April 2022.
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