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Classroom Check-In Survey

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Classroom Check-In Survey

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Jacob Bradburn
Classroom Check-In Survey

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Jacob Bradburn

As an instructor, you may have questions about if your students are feeling engaged, understanding the material, feel like they belong to the classroom community, etc. A survey is a great way to check-in with your students about issues and topics such as these.  

 

Types of Survey Questions:

Open ended – Asks a questions and leaves a text box for an individual to type a response.   ex: How could this class be improved?

 

Response Scales – Asks an individual to select a response based on a scale.   ex. On a scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree), do you feel as if you belong to the classroom community?

 

There is a tradeoff between different types of questions. Open-ended questions allow for more details and specifics to be collected, but scales provide good summary information (e.g. average sense of belonging).

 

Tips for a Survey:

  • Make sure students know why the information is being collected and why it is important to complete the survey.
  • Have a student or colleague review the survey prior to administration and get their thoughts (e.g. what is unclear?).
  • Try and ask your questions as clear and straightforward as possible.
  • Try to keep your survey short, as longer survey can lead to fewer or fatigued responses.
  • Avoid asking sensitive questions and consider making your survey anonymous 
  • Have a plan for how to use the information collected.

Resources and Tools

 

Survey Platforms:

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/ (Free)

 

https://qualtrics.msu.edu/ (Free to MSU Students, Faculty, etc.)

 

Scale Examples:

 

Sarah Mae Sincero (Jun 6, 2012). Survey Response Scales. Retrieved from Explorable.com: https://explorable.com/survey-response-scales

 

Additional Resources:

 

Fanning, E. (2005). Formatting a Paper-based Survey Questionnaire: Best Practices. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 10(12), http://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=10&n=12 

 

SurveyMonkey.com. Surveys 101: Best practices for every step of survey creation. Retrieved from https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/survey-guidelines/

 

Harrison, C. (2007). Tip Sheet on Question Wording. Harvard University Program on Survey Research. https://psr.iq.harvard.edu/files/psr/files/PSRQuestionnaireTipSheet_0.pdf 




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