Surveys online allow students time to give good answers
Krista Johnson raises an important point in her letter of April 24 about the online Student Instructional Rating Survey. Moving the survey to an online format does allow students to take the time that they would like to make substantive comments and suggestions about their experiences in their courses. This is just one of the benefits of going online with SIRS. Another important outcome is that once all the final grades have been submitted, the statistical summary report and the collection of student comments will be emailed directly to all participating instructors and their departments. The data and student comments are returned much more quickly than with the paper surveys. This gives departments and faculty feedback from the students in a more timely and useful way. As with the paper surveys, the statistical summary reports will be made available to the University community at http://sirs.rutgers.edu. If anyone has questions about this process, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monica Devanas is the director of the Faculty Development and Assessment Programs Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research.