Gathering student feedback is a great way to find out what's working in your class and what could use some improvement. Although we recommend offering students multiple opportunities to provide input on the course, midsemester is an optimal time to conduct a formal assessment. Students are familiar with the learning environment and have a sense of their own progress. Instructors appreciate hearing about issues with sufficient time to make corrections or changes. Students appreciate the timing because they can benefit from their own comments and because the instructor has an early and improved awareness of student concerns.
- Students’ Evaluation of Educational Quality (SEEQ)
SEEQ is a 9-factor omnibus student rating form that has been heavily researched by nearly one million surveyed respondents as being appropriate for determining teaching effectiveness over diverse settings. We offer this teaching tool to all Penn State instructors. Instructors commonly use this tool for collecting mid-semester feedback from their students.
The SEEQ survey is available to all instructors in Canvas. Use the instructions below to import the SEEQ survey into your course. The SEEQ is set to be anonymous and we recommend you not change this setting because students may provide more honest feedback if their names are not associated with their responses.
- Go to the Canvas course to which you wish to import the SEEQ survey
- Click Home in the navigation
- Click “Import from Commons” in the right hand side navigation or scroll down to the bottom of the page
- Type “Students’ Evaluation of Educational Quality (SEEQ)”
- Locate and click the survey
- Select the course to which you wish to import the survey
- Click “Import into Course”
Note: Once imported, you will see a new module titled “Students’ Evaluation of Educational Quality (SEEQ)” as the second module in the course. You then can move this module to your preferred location in the course.
Within Canvas you can analyze your SEEQ data by following the instructions available at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2992. Select the SEEQ survey, either under the Quizzes tab or Modules tab within the course, and then click "Survey Statistics."
- Student Assessment of Learning Gains
SALG is a flexible online survey sponsored by the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research and allows you to choose an instrument constructed for a course similar to yours and modify it for your particular course. It also has an area for open-ended questions. The survey is delivered to students online and the sponsors provide a statistical report of the results.
- Customized feedback
With a small class, you can produce a completely custom measure the old fashioned way by creating a paper survey. For some suggestions, see Examples of Teacher-Designed/Scored Feedback Questionnaires (pdf). Contact us at email@example.com for additional information.
Built-in tools, such as the survey tool, allow you to create a custom feedback instrument in the Canvas environment. You can also try the Canvas polling tool.