Leveraging Student Feedback: The Power of Formative Surveys

September 29, 2020

Getting feedback from your students about the course at this point in the semester is a little like taking your course's pulse. Their responses help you understand how your instructional approach is working and what, if any, adjustments might make your teaching more effective.

This workshop focused on the attributes, logistics, and effective use of formative student surveys.  Participants learned how to create surveys in Canvas and were given time to work on building their own formative surveys while receiving help from instructional designers. Methods of soliciting student feedback were discussed, and several examples of how instructors have responded to student feedback in order to improve their courses were shared.

Post-Workshop Archive


These reference specific examples given in the presentation slide deck

Ambrose, Susan A. et. al. (2010). How learning works: seven research-based principles for smart teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Available online through the university Libraries (use university email to create O'Reilly Safari Online Learning account).

Cross, Angelo & K. Patricia Cross (1993). Classroom assessment techniques (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Taylor, Rebecca L., Kris Knorr, Michelle Ogrodnik & Peter Sinclair (2020) Seven principles for good practice in midterm student feedback, International Journal for Academic Development, DOI: 10.1080/1360144X.2020.1762086

Wiggins, Grant & Jay McTight (2005). Understanding by design (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: ASCD