Faculty

How do students rate their UA learning experience?

SOI online course evaluation surveys are available to students near the end of each semester, usually during the last two weeks of classes. Students receive an invitation email from Provost Kevin Whitaker with instructions at the beginning of each data collection cycle. Periodic reminders from Dr. Whitaker are sent until a student has completed all their surveys. Instructors can monitor response rates in all of their participating classes through the SOI website, as described below. Class reports are usually available to instructors several days after the due date for grades submission.

What actions should instructors take with each SOI data collection cycle?

Early in the semester, check to see that all of your courses are set up correctly in Banner with instructor(s) and instruction type(s) properly listed. Courses are selected for inclusion in SOI based solely on the information in the Banner system.

Classes must have an enrollment of at least five students for inclusion. Certain course Schedule Types are automatically excluded, such as Independent Study-Self Paced or Thesis/Dissertation. Surveys are conducted for all instructors listed for the class, so it is most important that instructors are correctly listed in Banner.

If any mistakes are present, the person who handles Banner issues for your department will need to correct that information in Banner. Shortly before data collection begins, instructors will be asked to visit the SOI website to verify a list of their courses, whether they are included or excluded in SOI, and the exclusion reason. If you believe the status of one of your courses should be changed, please contact your department chair.

During the data collection period, let your students know that you value their input. Monitor response rates during data collection and remind students about the surveys.

Access

Below is information on how to access the functions available to you on the SOI website

Course Verification

Please find detailed information regarding the SOI status of your courses by using the following procedure. Courses are selected for inclusion in SOI based solely on the information in the Banner system.

  • Log in to myBama (http://mybama.ua.edu/) and select either the Faculty or Employee tab
  • Click on the “OIRA Resources” channel, as shown below.
  • Under “Student Opinions of Instruction” select ‘Your Included courses for the Current Surveys’ You may also access the site by going to the OIRA web site, http://oira.ua.edu/, select OIRA RESOURCES at the top, and log in using your myBAMA credentials.

Monitoring Response Rates

Please find response rates for each of your classes during the data collection period by using the following procedure:

  • Log in to myBama (http://mybama.ua.edu/) and select either the Faculty or Employee tab
  • Click on the OIRA Resources channel, as shown below.
  • Under Student Opinions of Instruction select Your Current Response Rates
  • You may also access the site by going to the OIRA web site, (http://oira.ua.edu/), select OIRA RESOURCES at the top, and log in using your myBAMA credentials.

Access to Reports

All SOI survey reports will be available to you as soon as possible, usually a few days after course grades are due. Please find your reports by using the following procedure:

  • Log in to myBama (http://mybama.ua.edu/) and select either the Faculty or Employee tab
  • Click on the OIRA Resources channel, as shown below.
  • Under Student Opinions of Instruction, select View Available Reports
  • You may also access the site by going to the OIRA web site, (http://oira.ua.edu/), select OIRA RESOURCES at the top, and log in using your myBAMA credentials.