Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research116 College Avenue
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 http://ctaar.rutgers.edu/
Phone: (848) 932-7466
Fax: (732) 932-1845
|Online Surveys (Blue)|
Lecture and recitation or lab courses: The Student Instructional Rating Form is designed so that one survey will be used for each instructor. Therefore, the lecturer in a lecture class with recitation periods should have a survey in the lecture hall, and separate survey packets will be prepared for each recitation section, so that the recitation instructors can distribute surveys to the students in each of their own sections.
If one instructor teaches both the lecture and the lab or recitation meetings and would like to collect feedback from the students in each meeting separately, a manual change must be made to “split” the surveys to explicitly target the respective meetings. Please contact CTAAR for assistance.
CTAAR will set up online surveys or distribute survey packets in this fashion unless the department requests a different procedure. Please let us know by the deadline if you would like to follow a different procedure in your department.
Team-taught courses: If a course is taught by a team of faculty members, we will include each member of the team in the survey. Please notify CTAAR if you if you want to run the surveys as each lecturer completes their component of the course (staggered dates).
Note that there is an organizational change in how Blue works for courses with multiple instructors. One survey will be created for the course. Blue will repeat most questions once for each instructor, while certain “course-wide” questions will only be asked once (shared by all intstructors). On paper (and previously in Sakai online surveys), each instructor has their own distinct survey.
Crosslisted courses may have a single,
combined survey or separate surveys for each section, depending
on the preference of the instructor. If the instructor does not
inform us of his or her preference, we will generally combine
sections according to the following guidelines:
Summary data: CTAAR will calculate department and level averages for paper and online surveys separately, to allow for possible differences introduced by the survey format.
Follow-up procedures: When we receive all of the completed student rating forms for a department, we compile and return the results to the department after the university grading period closes. We do not interpret the student responses. Any instructors who feel that their survey has scanner or student errors should communicate this to his or her department chair. The department chair should inform us of any surveys that should be re-scanned or re-processed
Email Notifications: CTAAR will send each instructor an email notification approximately one or two weeks before the start of their survey. If you would like to alter the survey dates or add questions, use the link in the email to edit your survey in Blue.
Status Updates: Instructors may log in to Blue to monitor the progress of their survey on the Response Rate Dashboard.
Completing online surveys during class time: Students may complete the survey using their mobile phone or any computing device. We recommend giving out the link during a mid-class break; this can bring response rates up to the same levels as a paper survey (which would by necessity be distributed in class). For convenience, instructors may project a QR Code for Blue in the classroom, students can use the camera in their phones to quickly scan the code instead of typing the survey link.
General Instructions for Completing the Student Instructional Rating Forms: Students can go to https://sirs.ctaar.rutgers.edu/blue to complete all their course surveys. Please remind your students that: