Course surveys

Course surveys are an important way for students to share feedback about their learning experience

Enhancing teaching and learning

Course survey feedback provides information about a student's own experience in the course. They consist of a quantitative survey (USRI) that is common across all faculties and is administered by the university and a qualitative faculty or department specific survey that is more open-ended in question design.

Student ratings of instruction contribute to ensuring academic excellence in the university's curriculum by allowing students to provide direct feedback to administrators, professors, and the institution.

Student Centre USRI link
D2L USRI access

Good feedback is important to help improve the quality of student learning at the university.

Give examples

Comment on your learning experience with concrete examples. Specific points about your learning experience can help an instructor understand your perspective of the class.

Say more, not less

Explain what worked for you in the class design, or what you thought needed improvement.

Be specific

Give feedback on course materials, with specific examples or points for the instructor to consider.

Examples of good feedback


Before:

After:

Great class!

The way you connected the concepts to real-world examples really helped me understand.

This course sucks.

It would be helpful to have the reading material earlier. I didn’t have time to prepare.

You talk too much.

There wasn’t an opportunity for the groups to share our thoughts and findings. This was disappointing after so much hard work.

Best teacher ever!

The combination of research, discussion and field work was exciting and challenging.

How to Access USRI Results

Students USRI

For Students

Instructors

For Instructors

Adminstrators

For Administrators

Questions about USRIs? Need support?

Contact Phil Johnston
USRI Team Contact, Office of Institutional Analysis (OIA)
usri@ucalgary.ca
403.220.4018