Interpreting reports

The final step in closing the feedback loop is putting your students' responses to work. At the end of the term, once grades have been submitted, you will have access to reports that contain averages, frequencies, and standard deviations to response scale question as well as the comments that your students shared. The following resources are meant to help you interpret reports and leverage your insights to enrich the student learning experience.

Response Rates

Students come into a class from a variety of academic and personal backgrounds and it is of vital importance to hear from everyone. 

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Student interpretation of Common Core

A content validity study, in which students were interviewed about their understanding and interpretations of the response scale, was conducted. This section lists the common interpretations of each scale.

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Report Statistics

The results of multiple-choice questions are reported with descriptive statistics and a graph that shows response frequency to scale options. 

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further resources

Read what the literature has to offer on using student feedback and connect with experts in the Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE) and the unit of Transforming Inquiry into Learning and Teaching (TILT), formerly known as ISTLD.

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Analyzing Comments

Comments are a rich source of insight into your students' learning experience. Here are some tools on how to sort through comments, link them to the statistics in your report, and take action.

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