September 2021 Archives

We hope you are well and that the start of the semester has gone as smoothly as possible! We know there have been a lot of changes this semester which have brought new challenges. Are you interested to know what your students are thinking about your courses and how they are navigating the challenges this semester? If so, we strongly recommend requesting a midcourse survey for just-in-time formative feedback. 

All you need to do is ask your department admin to set up a midcourse survey through Blue, the same system that hosts SIRS. Midcourse reports are not part of the promotion, tenure, or advancement systems, and are instead meant for formative feedback. (Alternatively, instructors can create their own midcourse surveys in Google Forms, Qualtrics, or an anonymous survey in Canvas). Once you have set up a survey, you can personalize your questions so that you can get the most out of your data.

CTAAR is hosting several upcoming sessions to help you set up your surveys:


Interpreting and Utilizing Student Feedback for Change: Midcourse Surveys (virtual interactive workshop)

Monday, October 4th, 2021, 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Do you know what your students think about your lectures, discussions, activities, or your carefully crafted selected assignments? This workshop explores how to conduct a midcourse survey using Blue or another platform like Google Forms. We provide a discussion of how to employ quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze the data you obtain, and how you should share this information with your students. Our underlying focus in this session is to help you develop the insight you need to address student concerns and make course adjustments before the term is over.

If you wish to attend the workshop or you wish to receive the video recording after the workshop, please RSVP here:


Adding Questions in Blue to Midcourse Surveys for Faculty (virtual only)

October 7, 2021, 11:00am-11:30am, RSVP: 

October 7, 2021, 3:00pm - 3:30pm, RSVP: 

This session will bring instructors through the process of how to add questions to their midcourse survey in Blue. Best practices for question design and tips for promoting engagement will also be covered. 

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The "Classroom Inclusivity Series," a collaborative university wide effort that is organized and facilitated by CTAAR and the University Equity and Inclusion Office, is in full swing. Rutgers University faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, post-docs and staff are invited to attend workshops provided by different units across the university. Participants who attend three sessions (one from each competency) and submit a reflection will have the opportunity to earn a Certificate for Lifelong Learning in Inclusive & Equitable Teaching.

New sessions have just been added including "Responding to Interpersonal Violence at Rutgers University" and "Microaggressions: Impact and Interventions". To learn more about the program and register for sessions, please visit the Classroom Inclusivity Series Website.

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