Tips on Increasing Student Response Rates

  • Set aside class time for students to complete SET online
  • “Prime” student participation by asking students in class by a show of hands how many plan on completing SET
  • Remind students early (2-3 weeks prior) that the time for SET is approaching
  • Remind students on multiple occasions to complete SET
  • Review with students how to complete SET online
  • Include evaluation period dates on the course syllabus
  • Talk to students about the importance of SET and explain how you and other instructors use student responses to improve their teaching and courses
  • Increase student engagement in the course: the greater the amount of faculty/student engagement in the course, the greater the response rates on SET
  • Reassure students about the confidentiality of the SET process

Online Resources

Online Resources

Johnson, T. (2002). Online student ratings: Will students respond? Paper presented at the annual

Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, 2002. Retrieved from http://www.armstrong.edu/images/institutional_research/onlinesurvey_will...

San Francisco State University.  Student evaluations of teaching effectiveness.  Retrieved from

http://at.sfsu.edu/sete/response-rates

SUNY Orange. Strategies to increase response rate of online course evaluations. Retrieved from

http://www.sunyorange.edu/ir/olcourseeval/strategies.shtml

David Wright:

Higher SET Completion Rates in the Classroom

Madeleine Elfenbein:

“Teaching Students to Evaluate Us Better: Advice for Soliciting Constructive Feedback from Your Students"