Custom Instructor Questions

Instructors may add up to three questions to any of their individual course sections in addition to the core questions and unit custom questions.

Adding custom questions

Instructors can add custom questions to their course section before the evaluation period begins. Custom questions are specific to each course section and to the faculty who added them. Custom questions are often centered on the topics of particular learning materials or modes of delivery of instruction. Instructors will receive an email before course evaluations open notifying them that they can log into the Instructors Landing Page and add their three custom questions.

For each upcoming evaluation you will see a button that will allow you to add custom questions. Custom questions can be added up to the day the course evaluation opens. Once an evaluation is open you are not able to add or edit your custom questions. 

Why three questions?

Research suggests that having to answer too many questions can reduce the response rates and the response quality of course and instructor evaluations.

Each course evaluation begins with the 16 UB core questions followed by any departmental custom questions and then any faculty specific custom questions. So you should thoughtfully consider any custom questions you would like to ask. Check to see if you can get at the assessment you would like to make from a core question or a departmental question already being included.

Your unit's course evaluations liaison will be able to help you learn more about any departmental questions that are included in course evaluations.

If you decide to add custom questions, look through the PICES catalog to select a question that meets your needs or to help guide your question creation. All the questions in the PICES catalog have been vetted and are psychometrically designed.

Team taught courses

Instructors who teach team taught courses will have access to view data from custom questions added by their instructor peers. Team instructors should consult with each other and not ask duplicative questions.

In addition, the more instructors there are teaching a course, the more custom questions can be added. Asking students to answer too many questions can reduce response rates and the response quality of course and instructor evaluations.

Working together as a team of instructors to ask quality questions will benefit student response rates and meet the instructional needs of all instructors.