Feedback Forms

Handing out printed forms in class leads to higher response rates than asking students to fill out a questionnaire online. However, it takes up valuable class time.

Having students give feedback online allows them to do it on their own time and provides you with automatically collated, downloadable results. However it does risk obtaining a low response rate, which can make the results less reliable or even biased. To encourage a high response rate some teachers ask students to bring to class a printout of the confirmation page that indicated the student's feedback was submitted - and, as a bonus, some give those students points for class participation.

Handing out printed forms in class leads to higher response rates than asking students to fill out a questionnaire online. However, it takes up valuable class time.

Below are sample forms which you may find useful for your course or section. Teachers and courses are encouraged to develop their own custom questionnaire asking students about specific aspects of the course – for further ideas see our Gallery of Feedback Questions

Printable Forms for Courses

  • Form 1: Three open questions and one rating scale for the course.
  • Form 2: Six open questions and three rating scales (three sets of 3) about the course, lectures, and labs or sections.
  • Form 3: Twenty mixed questions on the course and sections. [Identical to the Course iSites early feedback survey]

Printable Forms for Sections or Labs

  • Form A: Four questions about the section and the TF, and one rating scale.
  • Form B: Fourteen mixed questions, some focusing on student preparation.
  • Form C: Twelve mixed questions on section teaching and student effort. [Identical to the Course iSites early feedback survey.]

Small Group Interviews

In smaller classes, especially if there is a specific issue to be addressed, it may be useful to gather feedback through a structured, confidential discussion facilitated by someone outside the course. Contact the Bok Center (bokcenter@fas.harvard.edu) to inquire about this Small Group Interview service.

Having students give feedback online allows them to do it on their own time and provides you with automatically collated, downloadable results. However it does risk obtaining a low response rate, which can make the results less reliable or even biased. To encourage a high response rate some teachers ask students to bring to class a printout of the confirmation page that indicated the student's feedback was submitted - and, as a bonus, some give those students points for class participation.

To administer an online feedback form using Canvas, please click here for instructions.