The Online Education Initiative (OEI) Rubric suggests giving students an opportunity to give course feedback in an anonymous format. This gives you the opportunity to ask students questions that align with the rubric and helps you to address any issues that students might be having in the course.
The OEI recommends giving a survey early in the course and then a final survey. It is about this time in the semester, once students have settled in a bit, that I open up a
short anonymous survey. I ask them to respond to statements like the ones below:
- The Course is easy to navigate and well organized.
- The module study guides are helpful.
- The directions for the class assignments are clear.
At the end of the semester, I post a final anonymous survey that asks the students for more open-ended feedback (what would you improve in the course, what did you like
about the course, etc.). I also ask directed questions about the usefulness of the feedback in helping them improve on their performance in the course and how
promptly the professor responded when contacted.
For both surveys, I offer a few extra credit points. This doesn’t affect their overall grade much but it does greatly increase participation in the surveys.
Here is a step-by-step guide on setting up an anonymous survey and one of the ways you can offer extra credit in Canvas.