What you need to know
Alternate subject evaluation procedures are in place this spring, consisting of two separate surveys — a Subject-Specific Survey and a Remote Experience Survey.
A Subject-Specific Survey, conducted using the Institute’s online subject evaluation system, provides students the opportunity to give feedback on individual subjects, and how they might be improved in remote and face-to-face offerings in the future.
There are two main differences between the spring 2020 Subject-Specific Survey and the typical Institute subject evaluations:
- All subjects will be evaluated using the same set of questions, approved by the Academic Policies and Regulations Team (APART).
- Only subjects will be evaluated — individual instructors will not be evaluated this term.
The survey will include both Likert and open-ended questions. It will not include any questions requiring overall rating or customized, additional questions. Although the survey will not include questions regarding instructional staff, students may use the open-ended questions to recognize the performance of particular individuals.
It will be open from Thursday, May 21 at 9 AM to Sunday, May 31 at 11:59 PM EDT and is accessible through the subject evaluation platform.
REMOTE EXPERIENCE SURVEY
Additionally, a Qualtrics survey administered by MIT’s Office of Institutional Research seeks to understand the many facets of the remote learning experience — stresses, challenges, successes, and opportunities for improvement. This survey will be open from Wednesday, May 13 to Sunday, May 31 at 11:59 PM EDT.
The plan for these two surveys was developed by APART, led by Chair of the Faculty Rick Danheiser, in collaboration with members of the Teaching and Learning Lab, the Registrar’s Office, and Institutional Research. It was determined that using our standard procedures would not be adequate during this disrupted term. This new approach gives the Institute the opportunity to gain valuable feedback about remote learning — both generally and as it has affected specific subjects.
Data access and usage
Aggregate results of the remote experience survey will be made available to the MIT community. Please be assured that response data will be treated as confidential, and the results of any research or analysis using the data will be presented in a way that individual respondents cannot be identified.
The subject-specific survey results will be shared on a limited basis with each subject’s instructors, associated department leadership, and a tightly restricted number of key individuals involved in supporting remote learning at the Institute.
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