Student Feedback Survey

Your Feedback Matters!

History

In 2013, SMC began the transition from paper to online course evaluation. This transition began during the Spring with two schools, Science and Education.  In the Fall of 2013, the system was introduced to the Schools of Liberal Arts and Economics and Business Administration to complete the entire campus conversion.  Over the next two years, the SMC community adjusted to the new online process. 

 

In the Fall of 2015, the Academic Senate formed the Academic Senate Course Evaluation Task Force (the Task Force) to study the course evaluation form and the evaluation process.  After a three-year study, several reports, and a pilot study, in Spring of 2018 the Task Force presented it's final report to the Academic Senate.  The Academic Senate adopted the Task Force recommendations to course/teaching evaluations, which is a departure from the prior approach at SMC and many other institutions.  Instead of focusing on the course or the instructor, as did the previous course evaluations, the Student Feedback Survey focuses on student learning.  The new form was rolled out campus-wide during the Fall 2018 terms.

 

Process

SMC uses Explorance Blue learning experience management software to automate and implement the student feedback survey.  This online system allows students to access their surveys from any Internet available location and confidentially rate their SMC learning experience.  Undergraduate faculty are asked to conduct the Student Survey online in class during the last week of classes before finals.  Timing for graduate and professional programs are varied (see Faculty FAQ's).  After surveys close and course grades are distributed, the aggregate ratings and feedback from the survey responses become available to SMC faculty and administrators in a report format.

 

Student Feedback Questionnaire(s)

SMC uses two instruments for student feedback; The new Student Feedback form for standard undergraduate and graduate courses and a Seminar and Integral form designed for just these courses.

 

Courses Included

Currently policy is for all courses to be included in the feedback surevy.   Courses with fewer than 3 enrolled students (i.e. independent study, internship, special study) are included but are not reported to the faculty but are availalbe to Administration; this data is also used in overall summary reports.

 

Access to the Student Feedback System

Students will be invited by their faculty to participate during class time in the last week of regular classes.  They will be reminded to participate through their SMC email if they do not complete the survey during class.  They may gain access to their open surveys during class through their MOODLE page.  Moodle access instructions can be found here.  The reminder emails contain a link to their surveys as well.

 

Faculty are invited to view their course information through SMC email; the email contains a link to the survey information page.  They may also gain access to open course surveys through their MOODLE page.  Faculty instructions for MOODLE access and course information viewing can be found here.