Mid-quarter evaluations

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Realistically, giving evaluations online is going to yield fewer responses than doing them in class. Mid-quarter evaluations don't have to be very long, so just asking students to jot down some answers on a piece of paper is usually the best way to go about it. However, there is a certain loss of anonymity in a small or medium-sized class where the instructor tends to know everyone's handwriting. And there is a bit of social pressure when everyone is doing it at the same time.

If you would like to do an mid-quarter evaluation online, there are a number of options. There are quite a few free online survey tools available, and GoogleDocs makes forms very easy. There are also some very easy (much easier?) and more secure options right here on campus. The first two options have two very different sets of sample questions included, so you should look at them and carefully consider what kind of feedback you want from your students. The last option is a blank slate:

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  • Stanford Qualtrics - Stanford has a site license for Qualtrics, a rather powerful, but easy to use survey tool.
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