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Tool for course evaluations in Canvas

After a feasibility study and subsequent pilot testing of two different systems, a tool for course evaluations is coming to Canvas. The tool is based upon Sunet Survey, a tool that has been offered at the university for some time now, and offers a stripped-down and simplified interface directly in courses in Canvas. The interface and tool are adapted for conducting anonymous course evaluations in survey form.

This is an English summary of the full project information.

When will the tool be available in Canvas?

We aim to have the tool available in Canvas on October 25, 2021. On October 18 user guides will be available in Canvas manuals & information for staff directly in Canvas. In conjunction with the launch, an FAQ will be published for students in the students' Canvas Manuals & information.

How does this tool differ from existing tools for conducting course evaluations?

The tool differs from existing tools at the university for conducting anonymous course evaluations in survey form in a number of ways. Some of the most important differences are listed below.

  • The tool is accessible directly in courses in Canvas. It is presented as a menu item in the course navigational menu.
  • Course evaluations can be created and results viewed directly in Canvas.
  • The course evaluation is automatically linked to the current group of students who get access to the course evaluation directly in the course in Canvas.
  • Preset e-mails go to the students. Students can choose to answer the course evaluation directly from a link in the e-mail or in the course in Canvas.
  • The interface presented in Canvas is stripped down to simplify the implementation of anonymous course evaluations in survey form.
  • Those who are comfortable using the full Sunet Survey can click out from Canvas to access advanced features.

How will users be affected?

How users will be affected depends on a number of factors. Other tools currently used for course evaluations in survey form, such as Microsoft Forms for course evaluations and Sunet Survey as a stand-alone tool, will still be available. This means that users can read user guides and take training at their own pace before choosing which tool is suitable.

Other ways of involving students in the course evaluation process are not affected by the introduction of this tool. The Board of Education's quality committee organizes seminars with the aim of inspiring and spreading good examples across faculty boundaries. Information about completed seminars, programs and presentations can be found on the quality committee's seminar page on the staff portal.

Choice of tool and what routines exist for conducting course evaluations can also be affected by, for example, development work that takes place at faculty or department level. Different faculties, departments, programs and courses have different needs. Sometimes the choice of tools with associated routines is at course level and in other cases there are internal guidelines that must be adhered to. Staff should discuss this with their closest superior in case they are unsure how to deal with these factors.

What user support will be available?

  • User guides will be made available in Canvas Manuals & Information for Staff.
  • Training opportunities will be arranged in conjunction with the launch of the tool and then on a regular basis. To what extent depends largely on demand. Training sessions will initially be held in Swedish.
  • If the need for support arises, staff can, just like in other Canvas-related questions, send support questions to the Canvas support through the Canvas help menu.
  • Students will have access to an FAQ in Canvas Manuals & Information for Students and can contact the Service Center if support is needed.



Page Manager: Olof Siverbo|Last update: 9/23/2021

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