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ewest
Community Contributor

Would anyone be willing to share survey questions sent to students on their Canvas experience?

Hello all,

The institution that I work for is about to finish our first semester of our transition to Canvas.

We would like to send out a survey to our students to see how they have liked their courses in Canvas, and gather information on how they like Canvas as opposed to the system that we are phasing out.

Has anyone else who has surveyed their students be willing to share the questions that you submitted to your students?

How was your survey communicated with students?

Evan

Evan West
Technology Integration Specialist
Information Technology
Columbia College Chicago
(312) 369-7078
13 Replies
chofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi  @ewest ...

In reading through your question, you might get several responses, but no single answer may necessarily be "Correct".  So, I am going to change the format of this topic from a "Question" (where people can mark a response as "Correct") to a "Discussion" (open-ended question with several possible ways to accomplish something).  I hope that's alright with you.

GregoryBeyrer
Community Champion

Great question  @ewest ‌. My college is approaching the end of its transition to Canvas and I'm afraid that we did not survey our student body for their overall reaction to the change. However, I did ask some questions of my students in the classes that I taught. Our students did not have a choice so I did not ask them for a direct comparison, but in the open-ended questions they did provide unsolicited comparisons.

In each class I include a graded survey to get student feedback on a variety of topics including the use of technology:

Face to face

Last spring I taught a face-to-face history class, and the final survey included the following questions:

  • I appreciate having online access to course content (syllabus, lecture outlines, etc.).
    Strongly agree / Agree / Disagree / Strongly disagree
  • I appreciate having anytime access to my grade.
    Strongly agree / Agree / Disagree / Strongly disagree
  • Submitting written assignments online is easy.
    Strongly agree / Agree / Disagree / Strongly disagree
  • Whether a class uses Canvas should be listed in the schedule of classes.
    Strongly agree / Agree / Disagree / Strongly disagree
  • Please share any additional comments you have about the use of technology in class.
    Open ended

Hybrid

Over the summer I taught a hybrid history class (half of seat time replaced with online time), and the final survey included the following questions:

  • Did you learn more about during our time in class or during the time spent online (question included specific activities in each mode)?
    Much more in class / A little more in class / A little more online / Much more online
  • How does the workload for this class compare to a three-unit class taught entirely on campus?
    More work / About the same work / Less work / This is my first three-unit distance education class
  • Same questions as face-to-face class on content, grades, assignments, the schedule of classes, and the open-ended question

Online

In the spring and this semester I taught a fully online class on how to be an online student, and the final survey included the following questions:

  • How does the workload for this class compare to one-unit classes taught on campus?
    More work / About the same work / Less work / This is my first one-unit class
  • Please rate how much this class, compared to more traditional courses you have taken, encouraged contact between you and the instructor:
    More so than a traditional class / About the same as a traditional class / Less so than a traditional class
  • Please rate how much this class, compared to more traditional courses you have taken, developed cooperation among students: 
    More so than a traditional class / About the same as a traditional class / Less so than a traditional class
  • Please rate how much this class, compared to more traditional courses you have taken, encouraged active learning (talking, writing, doing):
    More so than a traditional class / About the same as a traditional class / Less so than a traditional class
  • Please rate how much this class, compared to more traditional courses you have taken, provided prompt and relevant feedback:
    More so than a traditional class / About the same as a traditional class / Less so than a traditional class
  • Please rate how much this class, compared to more traditional courses you have taken, provided multiple ways to learn the material:
    More so than a traditional class / About the same as a traditional class / Less so than a traditional class
  • Please rate how much the time you spent in this class was focused on the actual course objectives:
    More so than a traditional class / About the same as a traditional class / Less so than a traditional class

I asked similar questions when using our former system, and the answers have been broadly similar. I am especially interested in the questions on whether the LMS should be indicated in the schedule of classes. We do not have a requirement to use the LMS for our face-to-face classes, so students do not generally know whether it will be used until the first day of class. The answer to that has consistently been greater than 80% choosing agree or strongly agree.  For those students who provided unsolicited comparisons, they almost always say they prefer the clean looks and easy navigation in Canvas.

laurakgibbs
Community Champion

Hi  @ewest  , this is just something I did with my students last year when we were doing a soft rollout (last Fall was opt-in, last Spring was opt-out, so students were using both Canvas and D2L depending on the choices their instructors made). For me the most interesting question was when I asked them what advice they would give to their instructors and what advice they would give to other students!

I'm a minimalist and use very few Canvas features, so my survey was not as wide-ranging as it would be for people who use Canvas more. Here are the questions and results; I used a Google Form to do the survey both times:

OU Digital Teaching: Canvas Survey: Week 8, Fall 2016 

OU Digital Teaching: Canvas Survey: Week 8, Spring 2017 

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Here's the link to the survey we send out to students once a year - https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-12061-student-experience-with-canvas-survey 

This survey is focused completely on Canvas and how things are going with Canvas. We leave all mention of the course and how things are going with the course to the end of semester course feedback.

ewest
Community Contributor

These are awesome questions.

Thank you very much!

ewest
Community Contributor

Thank you so much for sharing!

ewest
Community Contributor

Thank you so much Kona, for sharing this. This is pretty close to what we would like to send out to our students.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Happy to help!

ericwerth
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi  @kona .  I was wondering if you surveyed students and/or faculty on use of the mobile apps as well.  Thanks!