SOS Framework and Questionnaire

In March 2017, the bi-campus senates approved the revision to the SOS framework.

The new framework is customizable!

The advantages of the new framework are the following:

    1. It includes questions that clearly address important aspects of an instructor’s skill set as it relates to the course.

    2. It provides opportunities for instructors to better understand the impact of their specific teaching approaches and help them adjust their course delivery.

    3. It allows for questions that accommodate the differences among the academic units.

    4. It allows for open-ended questions with written response.

The revised framework and questions will use the following structure.

SOS Framework

GROUP NO. NO. OF QUESTIONS TYPE RESULTS DISTRIBUTION
Group 1: University-wide 7 (rating) questions

Core

Results released to Official File
2 (open-ended) questions Results released to Instructor only
Group 2: Instructor-chosen 6 (rating) questions Variable Results released to Instructor only
Group 3: Academic Unit-chosen 4 (rating) questions Variable Results released to Dean and Instructor

Group 1: University-wide Questions. The core questions were based on the criteria for assessing instructor effectiveness. They were designed to relate specifically to instructor evaluation as opposed to course evaluation.

Group 2: Instructor-chosen Questions. The variable questions in Group 2 would be used to provide instructors with feedback about their specific teaching approaches to evaluate their teaching effectiveness in each of their courses.

Group 3: Academic unit-chosen Questions. The variable questions in Group 3 would be used to provide feedback to academic units for course suitability, program and curriculum development.

SOS Questionnaire

Group 1: University-Wide Questions (Core)
All Student Opinion Survey Questionnaires shall begin with the following seven (7) core rating questions and two (2) open-ended questions

Rating Questions

1. PREPARATION: The instructor was well-prepared to deliver the course
2. CLARITY OF PRESENTATION: The instructor presented the course content clearly
3. STIMULATION: The instructor stimulated my interest in the course content
4. APPROACHABILITY: The instructor was approachable
5. AVAILABILITY: The instructor provided opportunities for me to seek assistance
6. FEEDBACK FOR STUDENT WORK: The instructor provided feedback that helped me learn
7. GLOBAL (OVERALL): The instructor is an effective teacher

Open-ended Questions

1. What aspects of the instructor’s teaching should stay the same?
2. What aspects of the instructor’s teaching should be changed?

Group 2: Instructor-Chosen Questions (Variable)

• Instructors may choose up to six (6) rating questions from the pool of pre-determined questions in the question bank for their courses.

• Only the instructor of the course can select these questions.

• Should the instructor opt not to select questions from the question bank, the default instructor-chosen questions will be applied to the questionnaire.

Default Instructor-Chosen Questions

1. INSTRUCTOR’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS STUDENTS:
The instructor created a positive class environment

2. INSTRUCTOR’S COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
The instructor was able to hold my attention in this course

3. INSTRUCTOR’S INTEREST IN TEACHING
The instructor seemed genuinely interested in the course material

4. INSTRUCTOR’S EXPECTATIONS & OBJECTIVES
The instructor clearly specified the course requirements

5. EXAMINATIONS AND TESTS
The exams/tests gave students an opportunity to demonstrate what they had learned

6. ASSIGNMENTS
The assignments helped me better understand the course material

Group 3: Academic Unit-Chosen Questions (Variable)
• The academic unit (department or faculty) may choose up to four (4) rating questions from the pool of pre-determined questions in the question bank.

• The academic unit-chosen questions will appear on the questionnaires of all the courses offered by the academic unit.

• Each academic unit would be responsible for creating and ensuring a process for choosing these questions.

• Should the academic unit opt not to select questions from the question bank, the default instructor-chosen questions will be applied to the questionnaire.

Default Academic Unit-Chosen Questions

1. PACE, BREADTH AND DEPTH OF COVERAGE
This course covered material at an appropriate level and pace.

2. STUDENT LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
I have become more competent in this subject area as a result of this course

3. RELEVANCE OF COURSE
The course has stimulated my interest in this area.

4. EXAMINATIONS AND TESTS
Assessments were fair and matched the stated course goals.