Intended Learning Outcomes questionnaires
Questionnaires and surveys can support assessment efforts in a variety of ways. The kind of assessment evidence they provide is most often indirect, focusing on students’ behaviors, attitudes, opinions, and experiences. Questionnaires can also invite students’ analysis of the ways a course, program, or other educational experience contributed to the accomplishment of its intended learning outcomes – what was helpful, what was missing, what could be improved. Some kinds of questionnaire items can provide direct assessment evidence, eliciting actual samples of students’ knowledge, proficiencies, or values.
Below are examples and templates for designing questionnaires that focus on the intended learning outcomes of an academic program or individual course. Each is adaptable to assessing intended learning outcomes of any kind – for a major, for a concentration, for a General Education requirement, and/or for a grant-funded project focusing on student learning.
Proficiencies, and Attitudes Questionnaire
A questionnaire that asks students to describe and illustrate their own knowledge, proficiencies, and/or attitudes in relation to the intended learning outcomes for a course or program. KPA questionnaires are especially helpful when administered at the beginning and end of a course. A template form is available in Form Creator.
Learning Outcomes Course/Program Evaluation Matrix
A one-page template in Word for paper-and-pencil administration; simply insert the name of the course or program being evaluated and its associated intended learning outcomes
phrasing questions about intended learning outcomes
Examples of different ways to word questionnaire items that elicit student perceptions about intended learning outcomes. These examples can be used to construct a stand-alone questionnaire or to develop additional items for an existing course or program evaluation questionnaire.