Student evaluations of instruction have been conducted at the University of Washington (UW) since the 1920's. While early evaluations were undoubtedly somewhat informal, the current system utilizing optical mark scan forms, initiated in 1972, provides institutions with critical quantitative and qualitative information. Various forms of the questionnaire allow assessment of different instructional formats (e.g., large lecture, quiz section, lab, etc.), and a comment sheet allows students to give open-ended feedback. Course ratings provide information to faculty for instructional improvement, to students for selecting courses, and to chairs for decisions relating to promotion and tenure. IAS is used by post-secondary institutions across the United States.
Coming in Autumn 2013, we will begin offering IASystem, our new web-based course evaluation application that will allow institutions to manage and deliver both paper and online course evaluations. Please view our video for a preview of what is to come!
What are the advantages of using IAS?
The IAS provides a variety of options and services to meet the needs of diverse institutions, including:
- Multiple scannable forms
- Instructor-added items
- Course-level summary reports (end-of-term)
- Institutional norms
- Institutional reports (annual)
- High reliability and validity
- Quick turn-around (15 working days, plus shipping)
- Custom data exports
- Custom survey option
- Online version for web-based courses
- Reasonable pricing
What are the form types and why are they different?
Specific forms were developed to evaluate various instructional formats. The best way to choose a form is by reading the items on each to see which best address issues of concern to you. Follow the links below to view each form:
|A Small Lecture / Discussion (66K PDF*)||I Distance Learning (100K PDF*)|
|B Large Lecture (98K PDF*)||J Clinical / Studio (92K PDF*)|
|C Seminar / Discussion (98K PDF*)||K Project / Studio (100K PDF*)|
|D Problem Solving (99K PDF*)||L English as a Second Language (269K PDF*)|
|E Skill Acquisition (98K PDF*)||MStudy Abroad (315K PDF*)|
|F Quiz Section (153K PDF*)||X Educational Outcomes (99K PDF*)|
|G Lectures / Assignments (97K PDF*)||Comment Form (19K PDF*)|
|H Lab (152K PDF*)|
Can we add additional items?
IAS forms have provision for instructor-supplied items on the back of the forms. The Additional Item Template facilitates creation of an item master to print or photocopy onto evaluation forms.
Can we create additional questionnaires?
At times your institution may wish to add a custom, one-page questionnare to the standard evaluation packet received by each instructor. Contact us about creating a questionnaire and corresponding course-level reports for your campus.
How are results reported?
IAS course evaluations provide information used by instructors, students, and administrators. A variety of reports has been created to meet these diverse needs.
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