Course feedback forms in EvaluationKIT are made up of blocks of questions that appear to students as one seamless survey. At Syracuse University, blocks are displayed in the following order:
- Academic Affairs common questions
- School/college and department questions
- Individual instructor questions (if applicable)
Academic Affairs Common Questions
The following seven common questions are included on all course feedback forms:
|My key reasons for taking this course were: (Select all that apply.)
|For this course, on average, I spent the following time, outside of synchronous or in-person class sessions, on course work:
|I feel that I performed to my potential in this course.
|The syllabus was an accurate guide to course requirements.
|Student participation and the contribution of ideas, comments, and questions were encouraged.
|Course assessments (e.g., exams/quizzes, papers, presentations, projects, performances, etc.) allowed me to demonstrate what I learned.
|I received helpful feedback from the instructor to guide my progress in this course.
School/College and Department Questions
Some Syracuse University schools/colleges have one form for their entire academic area; in others, forms are created at the department level and the school/college may or may not choose to include a few questions that are included across all course forms.
Schools/colleges and departments can use the EvaluationKIT item banks to develop their forms or work with IEA to incorporate existing questions into the new system.
While consistency in course feedback forms over time is important, periodic reflection on the instruments is also an important undertaking. The EvaluationKIT transition presents a good opportunity for this discussion, and some academic areas have already revised and refined their forms. For those that have not, faculty are encouraged in the upcoming year to review existing forms to:
- Identify overlap with the Academic Affairs common questions
- Consider how course feedback data have been used to enhance teaching practices and department or program operations, as well as in the promotion and tenure process
- Critically reflect on what faculty want to know about students’ course experiences and how questions are worded to minimize biased responses
- Engage students in the reflective process
Revised school/college and department forms are created in EvaluationKIT by the IEA course feedback team. We are available to meet either virtually or in person to support this effort, as well as hear faculty input, share information, and answer questions. Please contact the IEA course feedback team with any comments, questions, or requests.
Each school/college determines whether individual instructors can select their own items in EvaluationKIT to include on the feedback form for their course(s). If access is provided, instructors select up to five forced-choice and/or open-ended questions from the EvaluationKIT item banks for each course.
The following schools/colleges have enabled the custom question option for instructors:
- School of Architecture
- College of Arts and Sciences
- School of Education
- College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
- College of Law
- Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
- S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
- College of Visual and Performing Arts
The EvaluationKIT item bank questions are available within the platform and as an accessible PDF. If a preferred item is not currently included, instructors can request that the question(s) be added by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn how to select and add instructor items, visit the Information for Instructors page.