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How to Use the Student Experience by Survey Graph

Observe change since the previous survey. If you’ve made significant changes to your practice since the previous survey, the difference between the last two points can help you see how those changes impacted student experience.

Look for trends over time. Changes from survey to survey can unearth insights about the impact of specific practices and other factors that affect students’ experiences. For example, if an initial improvement later returns to baseline, perhaps the strategies that caused the initial improvement are no longer being implemented. Or perhaps the course has become more challenging and students now need more support than they did before. Many instructors find it helpful to explicitly debrief results with students to learn what’s going well and how further improvements could be made.

Examine results by item (in Class and Community reports). Use the “results by item” toggle to see how each individual item included in the learning condition changed over time. This information can give you a sense of what items are driving the overall changes you see. For example, if you notice improvement in all items except for one, you might ask why students’ answers to that particular question may not be changing.

Examine results by community (in Network reports). Each line represents a community in your network. Seeing communities side-by-side allows you to identify strategies that may be particularly effective, especially if you see precipitous improvements.

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