IDEA Course Evaluations (Info for Students)

Every semester, the University of Alaska Anchorage contracts The IDEA Center to administer confidential surveys on its courses. The following information is geared towards students. Interested in info. for Faculty?

Which classes get surveyed?

As of Fall 2013, the Faculty Senate has passed a motion that any course with more than ten students will automatically generate a survey. Faculty can request to make a survey for any course that didn't generate one automatically.

Wait, I thought the IDEA survey was like 40 questions...?

Not anymore! We've moved to the "short" form by default which means about 18 questions per survey. Faculty can add custom questions for their course to the end of the survey though. (The old form was called the "diagnostic" form and was much longer.)

Confidential?

Yes! Your professor can't see who has answered the survey. They also won't be able to see the answers until long after grades are due. The survey link in e-mail and BlackBoard both go to IDEA's website where you fill out the survey, not to another piece of BlackBoard that your professor can control.

Who cares anyway?

Well, the faculty care and hopefully you do as well! Faculty can use the surveys to improve parts of their courses that may have not been effective. Faculty also have to include their IDEA survey results in their evaluation files according to University Regulation (the Faculty Handbook).

Okay, I'm ready. Where do I go?

Just check your student e-mail and BlackBoard for the links to the survey. Normally surveys open the last couple of weeks of the semester (default dates), but faculty can change those dates. Ask your instructor or e-mail ayidea@uaa.alaska.edu to find out about a specific survey.

Can I see some of the results?

Actually, yes. You can go to the library or LRC and check out the scores for any semester. The comments that students have written or answers to customized questions will not be available, however, as they are kept confidential.

Help! I'm having trouble accessing a survey!

No worries. Just send an e-mail to ayidea@uaa.alaska.edu or call IT Services at 907-786-4646. E-mail is the preferred method at this time.