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Office of Teaching Evaluation and Assessment Research

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (848) 932-7466
Fax: (732) 932-1845

Creating Surveys

Whether you are creating a survey for general-purpose information gathering from your students, or to supplement the SIRS with your own questions, you'll find that there are several survey tools to choose from. Below are a few that we have found to be particularly useful for surveying students in a course, with instructions on how to use them.

Please keep in mind that surveys for research or publication must meet legal requirements, possibly including Human Subjects Certification. Please contact the Office of Research Regulatory Affairs for guidance.

Additional information about using midcourse surveys is available in our recorded midcourse workshop (log in to canvas required)

Rutgers-supported options

Microsoft Forms (Rutgers Connect) Recommended Easy to use, quick to set up, and handles many question types (scales, comments, multiple choice, etc.). Start by duplicating the OTEAR Midcourse Template in Rutgers Connect, then edit and distribute to your students.

Google Documents "Forms": Recommended. Easy to use, quick to set up, and handles many question types (scales, comments, multiple choice, etc.). You can use a Rutgers ScarletMail account, or a standard Google account will also work. Read how to create a survey in Google Documents, or sign in with your scarletmail address and use the “template gallery” (upper-right corner) to see the ready-made “OTEAR Midcourse Template”.

Canvas Quizzes: For instructors already using Canvas, you can add an semi-anonymous, ungraded quiz to collect survey responses from students in your class. Read how to create a survey in the Canvas quiz tool, or use the “Commons” tool to search for “Midcourse Survey Template”

Blue: Blue is the system used for the end-of-semester Student Instructional Rating Survey. We have created a process to support midcourse surveys using the same framework. The midcourse surveys can be turned on for any course by the administrators in each academic unit, with options to send the survey results to the instructor alone, or to both the instructor and the department administration. See our page about midcourse surveys in Blue for more information.

Qualtrics: Qualtrics is a robost and complicated survey platform, and is better suited for research and general purpose surveys. If you are already familiar with Qualtrics, you can use it for a simple midcourse survey.

Other options The "Student Assessment of their Learning Gains" allows you to create a surveys based on a premade template focusing on the degree to which a course has enabled student learning. You can modify the existing questions or add your own. SALG can be used for pre- and post-testing, or for midcourse surveys.

TooFAST: Specifically designed for instructional rating surveys. Instructors can use their free service, or if you have your own web server and the technicial skills, you can install the software on your own system.




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