Collecting Feedback with Watermark Course Evaluations & Surveys

March 16, 2022 Nikki Kowbel

There are multiple benefits to using a single solution to collect all types of feedback on campus, from formal course evaluations to insights on the first-year experience. By gathering data in one place, you’re able to connect the dots. It’s simple to quickly and efficiently create and distribute surveys, and by integrating an evaluation tool with your LMS, you can streamline distribution even further and dramatically improve response rates. And once the results start pouring in, you get access to close to real-time results. Watermark Course Evaluation & Surveys (formerly EvaluationKIT) was created exclusively for higher education, making it easy to capture feedback and report on it.

Quickly Configure Course Evaluations 

The Course Evaluations & Surveys dashboard provides a single place to monitor all aspects of survey administration and track response rates and engagement. Who can view this data? It’s completely up to you. With Watermark, you have unlimited users and can send unlimited surveys, so you can keep your eye on completion rates rather than tracking system traffic. Plus, we partner with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide you with secure data storage and maintain optimal performance.

When building out questions, you have total flexibility over question text and can also create a custom scale for responses. The goal is to quickly and easily create a set of questions that can be reused. Questions can be gathered into a project, which is where you define the timing and audience for the survey.

Take Advantage of Existing Data

Watermark’s import feature makes it possible to quickly and easily bring in course and user data. You can do this with an excel spreadsheet or through direct integrations with your LMS. Integration creates greater accuracy as it’s tied to real-time data, and ensures that students get the right evaluations without duplication, and that instructors get the right information, tied to their specific course.

Boost Evaluation Completion Rates

We all need a nudge from time to time, and Watermark Course Evaluations & Surveys has reminders covered. It’s simple to create email campaigns within the system, including pre-announcements and reminder emails. And once a student completes their evaluation, they’re automatically removed from the distribution list so they won’t receive additional reminders.

Make Access Easy

You can send a direct link to the survey or take advantage of single sign-on with your LMS so that students receive a pop-up notification when they log in to complete coursework. To boost response rates, use the completion message to redirect your students to their dashboard. This surfaces all of the other surveys they’re asked to complete and makes it more likely for them to do so.

The Survey is Closed. Now What?

Faculty can easily adjust the dates an evaluation is available for completion and track response rates in their dashboard. This is also where data is collated into reports, where responses are gathered section-by-section.

Administrators can run reports by course, instructor, or a set of instructors. And the report builder lets you create longitudinal and comparison reporting across terms according to the criteria you specify.

See For Yourself!

To see these features in action, check out our 30-minute Watermark Solution Tour: Student Feedback with Course Evaluations & Surveys.

Watermark offers a full suite of solutions to help you gather insights to inspire progress and collaborate across campus. Join our BrightTALK channel for access to future Solution Tours, where you’ll get a closer look at key features of each application.

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