Teaching with Technology Portfolio: Pedagogical Tool -- Surveys
As an instructor, everything I do is to help my students learn. So, it makes sense that I should want their feedback to make needed adjustments. After the first exam, I typically like to send out a survey using SurveyMonkey. SurveyMonkey is a free webtool that allows you to administer surveys and collect information anonymously.
Here is a sample survey I gave out for my Math 251 Course.
As you can see in the communications section of my portfolio, students are encouraged to be honest. After waiting a week, I analyze the data and reconsider any techniques that students felt were counter-productive. Here are some of the responses I received for this particular survey.
The first is the response to how prepared they felt going into their first exam. I use this to gauge how thorough I am when I teach.
The next question is about homework assignments. I believe that homework assigned immediately after class helps cement many of the ideas students covered in class; however, it is important to me that I check this belief against the experience my students have. Below are responses to student opinions about the homework.
Finally, every survey I give has at least one open question to give students an opportunity to express their opinions (both positive and negative). I find this to be the most helpful portion of the survey.