What is IAS Online?
IAS Online is the web-based analog of the paper-based IAS, collecting and reporting student assessment of post-secondary online courses.
How was IAS Online developed?
We developed IAS Online In 1999 to enable UW Educational Outreach to evaluate distance learning courses taught online. Faculty selected an initial item pool from IAS Form I, designed to evaluate distance learning courses, and augmented the item set with additional questions specifically related to online learning. Recognizing the diversity of structure and teaching strategies of online courses, we included the capability for faculty to select only some (or none!) of our suggested items and to add their own course-specific items.
What are the features of IAS Online?
IAS Online is closely modeled on the paper-based IAS. IAS Online:
- provides common items for cross-course comparison and allows the creation of class-specific items
- produces course reports for instructors and combined reports for program staff
- includes a longitudinal database for institutional norming and historical studies
Who can use IAS Online?
This system is most appropriately used to assess courses which are delivered, at least partially, over the Internet, so that student access to evaluation forms can be integrated into course delivery.
How does IAS Online work?
A custom online database is created for each participating instructional program, allowing program staff to create, link and report evaluations for any number of courses. Program staff "build" the evaluation form by selecting standard evaluation items or creating new items unique to the course or instructional program. The result is a unique, course specific evaluation form.