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"QR Codes" for use with SIRS

We have created two QR Codes which make it easy for students to quickly go to the survey using their mobile phones. Instructors who conduct the SIRS in class can project these codes, then students use their mobile phone camera to scan the code which will open the link to the SIRS.

Since we are currently using two survey tools, please be sure to use the correct QR code for your course. We will include the correct code in the email that we send you, or you can look up your course on the list of current surveys.

For surveys that are conducted in Sakai (most courses):

For surveys that are conducted in evaluationKit (through Canvas, or one of the school in the EvaluationKit pilot - SSW, SC&I, SMLR, Bloustein, Law, and Business-Camden)

Faculty and instructors should have received an email message on Monday, April 14 with the results of their Spring Student Instructional Rating Surveys (for surveys that were conducted online only). Please check your email, with the following exceptions and conditions in mind:

  • Remember to check your "Spam" or "Junk" folders. SIRS results may be incorrectly labeled as junk based on specific student comments; this is highly unpredictable. 
  • "Rutgers Connect" inbox may have an "other" tab that hides messages, please check the "other" tab for your SIRS results.
  • Some units request that we hold the SIRS results (Rutgers Business School, Law School). These results will be sent at a later date. 
  • You may receive a separate email for each course, which your email software may treat as a "conversation". You may need to click to exand the conversation to see all of your survey results. 
  • Paper surveys will be scanned during the summer and returned by paper mail in the beginning of the Fall semester

If you cannot find the SIRS results for your courses, please write to us at please replace "brokenemail" with and we will resend your results. 

Please save the file attachment with your SIRS results for future reference.

If your survey was conducted in the "pilot" system (EvaluationKit), you will recevie a link to download your results instead of a file attachment, but you should still save this file for future reference. For EvaluationKit surveys, we will follow up with a supplemental report by email with the same data reformatted into the standard SIRS report for consistency, however this supplement will not contain the student comments. 

Department Administrators will receive copies of the SIRS reports through a Sakai dropbox or EvaluationKit link, before May 25th. 

Students can complete the Student Instructional Rating Surveys (SIRS) for their courses now, in most cases with a due date of May 3rd. 

There are three possible locations for SIRS. Students and faculty will receive emails with the correct link for their courses:

Due dates vary depending on the school and course. For exact details for a specific course, please check our list of current surveys - this will show the survey due date and correct link for all courses.

SIRS - Fall 2017 Results Published

The Fall 2017 results of the Student Instructional Rating Surveys are now available for the university community, through the SIRS results web site (requires Rutgers NetID login):

Please note that CTAAR does not publish survey data for TAs. Department administrators who need full access to the SIRS data for their unit should use the SIRS Departmental Archive instead of the above site, and contact us for assistance. 

Instructors received their own SIRS results previously, by email on January 5th (for surveys conducted online), or via campus mail in late March (for paper surveys) c/o their department chair. Faculty and departments should retain their own copies of the SIRS results for future reference. 

November 27 - SIRS begins

The online Student Instructional Rating Surveys have been set up and are queued to begin on Monday, November 27th  with student responses due by December 15, for most courses. Faculty and instructors should have received emails regarding their surveys, if there are any problems or you did not receive email (please check your spam!) write to us at please replace brokenmail with as soon as possible. 

Online surveys will be found in two locations:

Some departments continue to use paper surveys, those have been distributed to departmental offices and can be handed out in class. 

For exact dates and survey location for any specific course, please search for the course on our current surveys web page. 

Faculty and instructors who taught Summer 2017 courses should look for email messages (dated 8/21 or 8/22) with the results of their Student Instructional Rating Surveys.

CTAAR is currently using two survey systems:

  • For surveys conducted in Sakai: results are in an ".html" file attachment included with the email.
  • For surveys conducted in EvaluationKit: results are availlable now for download through and an addendum (statistics page only) will be sent as an ".html" file attachment in a few days.

For surveys conducted in Sakai, department administrators can view the survey results (statistics only) now through the SIRS Archive, , and the survey reports with open-ended comments will be uploaded to Sakai dropboxes over the next several days. For surveys conducted in EvaluationKit, department administrators have full access immediately through the EvaluationKit link.

SIRS Spring 2017 Results Published

We have posted the Spring 2017 results of the Student Instructional Rating Survey. They are now available to students and the university community. Log in to the SIRS Results web site using your NetID -

The posted SIRS results include the statistical summaries of the Student Instructional Rating Surveys. We do not post the open-ended student comments, nor do we post the results for Teaching Assistants. Instructors received their own survey results previously, by email on May 15th, or (for paper-based surveys) by campus mail care-of their department chairs in July. Faculty and instructors should retain their individual survey results for future reference. 

We are changing the administration of the Student Instructional Rating Survey (SIRS) for fully-online courses that are taught through eCollege (Pearson Learning Studio). Previously, the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT) ran the surveys for many of these courses directly through eCollege. Beginning with the Summer 2017 term, the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research (CTAAR) will administer all eCollege course surveys through our "evaluationKit pilot" process. This change is necessary due to the eCollege "end of life", as the underlying survey component will soon cease to work in eCollege.

The only significant change that eCollege instructors and students will notice is that eCollege will no longer issue a "pop-up" alert to students to prompt them to complete the survey. Students and instructors will instead receive multiple email reminders. Some courses may see a small drop in student participation in SIRS as a result, but experience varies from course to course. 

Instructors who prefer that students receive an in-course "pop-up" prompt to complete the survey may want to consider moving their eCollege course to either Blackboard or Canvas, which we have now configured to support this feature (please note that this is automatic with Canvas, but for Blackboard courses you must contact CTAAR to request that we enable this feature for your course). Sakai is currently unable to support "pop up" prompts for surveys.

If you are teaching a course through eCollege and have any questions, please contact us at please replace "brokenmail" with

If you have questions about migrating your eCollege course contact please replace "brokenmail" with COHLIT has additional information about preparing for the eCollege "End of Life"

The Student Instructional Rating Survey results for Spring 2017 courses that used online surveys have been distributed. Faculty and instructors should look for email with a file attachment. Please save the file attachment for future reference. Once saved, the file can be viewed in any standard web browser on any device. Please check your "spam" or "junk" folders before contacting us to resend your file.

Paper survey results are not available yet. We will complete the paper survey scanning and processing by September. 

Departments have copies of all the  SIRS reports (except for paper surveys) through Sakai dropboxes, and through the SIRS Departmental Archive. If you are a department chair or administrative assistant and did not receive an email with a link to your dropbox or if any files are missing, please contact us at (848) 932-7466. 

Note that courses taught through Canvas, and schools that are part of the "evaluationKit" pilot project; instructors and administrators can download their SIRS reports through the evaluationKit links, instead of Sakai. 

SIRS results will be posted for students to view at the SIRS Results site by September. 

The Spring 2017 Student Instructional Rating Surveys have begun, most courses use online surveys that are available beginning April 17th with responses due by May 4th. Individual courses may have different dates, or may use paper surveys to be distributed in class.

Because we are piloting new survey software, students may find their surveys in one of several locations:

  • Sakai - - most courses continue to use surveys hosted on Sakai
  • evaluationKit - our new pilot survey tool, which currently includes the following courses:
    • All courses taught in Canvas
    • School of Social Work
    • School of Management and Labor Relations
    • School of Communication & Information
    • School of Business - Camden
  • eCollege -  - only fully-online courses that are still using eCollege. This will soon be phased out.
  • Paper - departments that have chosen to continue with the old survey system will distribute paper survey forms in class. 

If you are unsure where or when your survey will be, you can look up any survey by course number or instructor name on our current surveys page. 

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