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Student Survey for Courses Moved Online in Spring 2020

This article provides sample questions and a link for instructors to import a survey directly into their Canvas sites to solicit feedback about the courses they moved online in Spring 2020.

Having moved your course online in Spring 2020, you may want to solicit feedback from your students about how the course is going. This may be especially important if you are new to teaching online. CETL has developed a set of survey questions that you can use as-is or adapt to meet the specific needs of your course.

Key Considerations

  • Ask your students for feedback within the first few weeks back from spring break
  • Request feedback specifically related to the changes you made moving your course online
  • Convey to students what you hope to gain from the survey
  • Keep the survey voluntary and anonymous for students
  • Make reasonable changes to your course if many students identify similar issues
  • Address student feedback in a Canvas Announcement or a webcam video
Please note: Instructors are NOT required to request feedback from their students or to use the questions provided below. This resource is intended for instructors who voluntarily choose to ask their students about the course.

Online Instruction Survey

CETL has created an online instruction survey to get you started. Feel free to adapt the survey to meet the specific needs of your course and your students. Keep in mind the following about the survey:
  • Data from this survey is only available to those who have access to your course site
  • Anonymous surveys in Canvas are not truly anonymous
    • According to the Canvas documentation: "The anonymous option can be enabled or disabled before or after a survey has received submissions, allowing a user with sufficient permissions to see a student's identity and responses. To collect fully anonymous survey responses, you may want to use a third-party survey tool."
To import the survey directly into your Canvas course site(s):
  1. Log into Canvas
  2. Click Commons in the Canvas global navigation menu
    • You may be asked to "Authorize" if you have never accessed the Canvas Commons before
  3. Search for "UWM Online Instruction Survey"
    • You should see only one result with the image of an empty classroom
  4. Click on the title "UWM Online Instruction Survey"
  5. Click <Import/Download> (blue button beneath the image of empty chairs)
  6. Click the checkbox in the menu next to each course you'd like to add the survey to
  7. Choose <Import into Course>
To find the online instruction survey in your Canvas course site:
  1. Go to the course site in Canvas that you imported the survey into
  2. Click on Quizzes in the course navigation menu
    • Online Instruction Survey will now appear under "Surveys"
Here is a video that will walk you through the process:

After Import

After you import the survey, you should:
After students have completed the survey, you should:

Additional Help

Contact CETL for additional help importing the Online Instruction Survey or creating a survey in Canvas.




Keywords:student survey, online, Spring 2020, Canvas, coronavirus, COVID-19, instructors   Doc ID:99993
Owner:Dylan B.Group:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Created:2020-04-02 14:59 CDTUpdated:2020-04-08 12:43 CDT
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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