Utah Tech University

Course Survey's

Why Course Surveys

University course surveys are crucial tools for enhancing the overall quality of education and academic experiences. This feedback is instrumental in helping educators and university administrators assess the effectiveness of their programs and identify areas for improvement. By understanding students’ perspectives, universities can make informed decisions to refine curriculum, update teaching approaches, and address any concerns raised by students. Furthermore, course surveys contribute to fostering a culture of continuous improvement, ensuring that educational institutions adapt to the evolving needs and expectations of their diverse student body. Ultimately, these surveys play a pivotal role in maintaining and elevating the standards of higher education.

Faculty

Message to Faculty

Student feedback is crucial to the success of our institution.  Students are learning how to evaluate properly, but you can still gather valuable insight from the information they provide. Below are some reasons their input can improve the quality of education at Utah Tech.

Continuous Improvement: Student feedback through course surveys provides faculty with valuable insights into their teaching methods, course content, and overall effectiveness. This feedback can help them identify areas where improvements can be made, ultimately leading to better teaching, and learning experiences.
Enhanced Communication: Encouraging students to provide feedback fosters open communication between faculty and students. It demonstrates that faculty are interested in hearing students’ thoughts and are willing to adjust based on their input, which can improve the overall learning environment.

Accountability: Course surveys help faculty remain accountable for their teaching quality. They serve as a form of evaluation that ensures instructors are meeting the expectations of their students and the institution.

Professional Development: Constructive feedback from students can guide faculty in their professional development. It allows them to identify areas where they can grow as educators, develop new teaching strategies, and stay current with best practices in their field. In addition, these surveys are part of the RPT process.

Student-Centered Approach: Encouraging course surveys reflect a commitment to a student-centered approach to education. It demonstrates that faculty prioritize the needs and perspectives of their students, making it more likely that students will have a positive learning experience.

Institutional Improvement: Aggregate survey data can be used by institutions to assess the overall quality of education and identify trends or areas where systemic changes may be needed. Faculty participation in this process contributes to the institution’s continuous improvement efforts.

Recognition and Rewards: Positive feedback from students can also contribute to faculty members’ professional recognition and advancement. It can serve as evidence of their effective teaching practices.

In summary, faculty should want students to take course surveys because it benefits both the faculty and the students. It leads to improved teaching quality, fosters a positive learning environment, and supports the overall mission of delivering high-quality education.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to increase responses

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How to use the results to improve your teaching

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The 3 phases of course surveys

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Students

What value does it give me?

You might wonder, “Why should I participate in the course surveys?” It’s possible that you may feel your feedback isn’t noticed or valued by the faculty. However, that’s not the case at all. Your input is crucial to faculty members. As a student, you possess a unique opportunity to contribute to the enhancement of education quality at Utah Tech. You are the one who directly experiences the courses, and you are best positioned to assess whether the material aligns with your educational objectives.

These surveys provide you with a platform to express your thoughts and offer valuable insights on various aspects of your courses, such as teaching methods, course content, and overall satisfaction. Your feedback is invaluable in ensuring that the learning experience continually evolves to meet your needs and expectations.

The surveys are confidential, so your professors will not be aware of who provided the which responses. So be careful not to address any personal aspects of your interactions in the class.

Tips for Taking the Survey

  1. Start by understanding why course surveys are important. They help instructors and institutions improve the quality of education.
  2. Keep in mind that the survey is confidential. Do not provide details that will indicate who you or a peer is. The same applies to courses with multiple instructors. The surveys are set up to allow you to give feedback to each individual instructor for the instructor questions.
  3. Take time to give complete and honest feedback on the course. Think about your own behavior in the class, do not discount the quality of the education and instruction if you did not put your best effort into the class or tried to find ways around giving a full effort. Remember grades are earned not given, therefore grades should not be a reflection on the course survey.
  4. If you liked certain aspects of the course, explain why. If you have concerns or suggestions for improvement, be specific and constructive in your comments.
  5. Think back on your entire experience in the course. Consider aspects like the instructor’s teaching methods, course materials, assessments, workload, and your overall learning experience.
  6. Keep your feedback focused on the course, curriculum, and teaching methods. Avoid personal attacks or disrespectful comments about the instructor or your peers.
  7. Do not forget to mention aspects of the course that worked well for you. Positive feedback can be just as valuable as constructive criticism.
  8. Be clear and concise in your responses. Avoid overly long or rambling comments, as they may be less effective in conveying your message. Use proper grammar. If the comment is riddled with poor grammar the entire comment will be less impactful.
  9. Make sure to complete the survey within the designated timeframe. Late responses will not be accepted.
  10. Take the time to provide thoughtful and comprehensive feedback.
  11. If you encounter questions that are unclear or ambiguous, do not hesitate to seek clarification from your instructor or the survey administrator.
  12. Remember surveys are to help faculty to improve their teaching and the institution’s quality of education. Your critical review will not get an instructor fired. It is not about penalizing an instructor you do not like.

For question or difficulties reach out to surveys@utahtech.edu

How to access your course surveys.

  1. You will receive an email when the surveys open. This email will provide you with a link to your “Tasks” Your tasks are the different courses you have taken that semester that have open surveys.
  2. You can also access the surveys, using the course menu “Course Survey” this will take you directly to that course’s survey.
  3. Finally, you can use the following link, it will take you to the Utah Tech Blue Survey site and your different tasks. (https://utahtech.bluera.com/utahtech/ )This link will take you to the university’s single sign out.
Utah Tech Blue Survey site

Faculty FAQs

What are personal questions and when are they open for input?

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What is the Subject Management task I am getting emails about?

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What does confidentiality mean in regard to the course surveys?

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How long are surveys open?

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When do they come out for first block?

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If I have an alternate schedule for my class, can I have the surveys come at different times?

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Where can I find the "Blue" course survey URL?
How can I find the response rates for my course surveys?

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Can I see if an individual student has taken the survey?

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Are the surveys anonymous?

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Who will see my individual instructor reports?

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When do reports come out for the course surveys?

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Will my class get a mid-course survey?

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How do I get the reports to move automatically to Interfolio?

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When will the reports appear in Interfolio?

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