Mid-Course Surveys

September 25, 2023

Check in with students

Though it may feel like the semester just began, it is a great time to plan to check in with your students. Giving them the opportunity to provide feedback before the end of the semester evaluation lets them know you care about their experience in the class. And you still have time to make adjustments to the course to improve that experience. 

Asking your learners to think about their progress in the course also helps them to connect the dots between how the course is designed and their own learning. Showing your investment encourages them to be more engaged, and your openness to feedback models acceptance of constructive criticism.

The questions do not have to be complicated. Consider asking what is going well, what are sticking points, how the instructor could improve the course, and how they as learners could adjust their approach. Alternatively, you could ask more targeted questions. Perhaps feedback on a new assignment or instructional materials would be helpful to you as you decide which readings or videos to keep or refresh for the next semester.

Anonymous surveys in Canvas

If you know how to create a quiz in Canvas, you already know the basics for building the mid-course survey.

To make sure the surveys are anonymous, there are two important settings. The first is Quiz Type — from the drop-down menu, choose Ungraded Survey. Then tick the box to Keep Submissions Anonymous. 

Screenshot showing location for quiz type menu and keep submissions anonymous option.

You can then add in your questions, set a due date, and publish the survey. Let your students know it is available and how you plan to use their feedback.

If you would like assistance setting up your survey, schedule a consultation with Clemson Online staff. 

Upcoming Events

Building Your Course in Canvas (BYCC)

Fridays 1-3PM, September 29 – October 20

Are you planning to teach a new online course or convert a face-to-face (or synchronous) course to an online asynchronous version? Do you want to learn best practices for building a course in Canvas? We have a few spots available for our upcoming workshop Building Your Course in Canvas (BYCC)!

Each session will be divided between the presentation of pedagogy and design principles and hands-on workshop time for instructors to develop their Canvas courses. We will discuss course alignment, engaging learners, and connecting course components while empowering you with the tools you need for a successful online course. Participants who complete the workshop will receive an online badge. 

If you are interested in joining us, please email Jana Radley at

Engaging Discussion Boards

Wednesday, September 27, 1:30-2:30 PM

Discussion boards can be the bane of your teaching experience and your student’s learning experience. But with a little care, they can be a compelling source of online engagement that encourages active peer learning. Join this presentation to learn about designing quality discussion board structures and prompts that translate to meaningful learning for your students.

Facilitated by James Butler, Digital Learning Strategist.

Modality: Virtual and synchronous—an Outlook Calendar invite, with the Zoom link, will be sent.
Registration: Workshop Wednesday: Engaging Discussion Boards on September 27th .  

Course Accessibility for Screenreaders

Thursday, October 12, 3:30-4:00 PM

Join this training to have your questions on course accessibility and screenreaders answered. Whether you have a specific question or want an accessibility topic demonstrated, this training opportunity is your time to work with our accessibility coordinator. When registering, choose whether to have a specific topic covered, enter your question, or both. 

Facilitated by Michelle Tuten, Accessibility Coordinator.   

When: October 12th from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm.
Modality: Virtual and synchronous—an Outlook Calendar invite, with the Zoom link, will be sent.
Registration: Quick Hits: Course Accessibility for Screenreaders on October 12th 

Clemson Online Fall 2023 Events Calendar

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Review our Fall 2023 Events Calendar to see what Online Instruction Development opportunities await!

We have a robust Summer lineup of topics and live training formats to support your use of Canvas and other e-learning tools. Topics cover demonstrations of using Kaltura, presentations on inclusive practices for online education, and workshops to get your Canvas site ready to teach!

All of our live training is recorded. Registrants will automatically receive a link to that day’s video after it has been processed.

Contact James Butler with any questions regarding these sessions. 

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