Creating & Editing a Questionnaire

Before you create the survey in the Class Climate course evaluation web software, we highly encourage departments to consider using the resources provided in Iowa State University’s Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET). Please note: Do not delete a questionnaire because all corresponding surveys and results will be deleted and are unrecoverable.

Questionnaire Editing

How to Copy 

  1. Login to Class Climate (admin username and password)
  2. Go to the [Questionnaires] tab at the top of the webpage
  3. Go to the questionnaire you would like to export
  4. Go to the ACTION column of the Questionnaire listing (far right column)
  5. Click on the [SELECT] Scroll to COPY
  6. Check all of the settings
  7. Click on [COPY]
  8. The file will appear in your Questionnaire List with [COPY] in the “Description”

How to Edit

View How to edit (Video)

  1. Login to Class Climate (admin username and password)
  2. Go to the [Questionnaires] tab at the top of the webpage
  3. Go to the questionnaire you would like to export
  4. Go to the ACTION column of the Questionnaire listing (far right column)
  5. Click on the [SELECT] Scroll to [DETAILS]
  6. Towards the upper right quadrant you will see [Edit Form] and [Export] – Click on [Edit Form]
  7. Follow instructions in Class Climate v7 Vivid Forms Editor (PDF)

How to Export (.vfd)

View How to export (Video)

  1. Login to Class Climate (admin username and password)
  2. Go to the [Questionnaires] tab at the top of the webpage
  3. Go to the questionnaire you would like to export
  4. Go to the ACTION column of the Questionnaire listing (far right column)
  5. Click on the [SELECT] Scroll to DETAILS
  6. Towards the upper right quadrant you will see [Edit Form] and [Export] – Click on [Export]
  7. Check all of the settings
  8. Click on [Export]
  9. Save the questionnaire file (.vfd) accordingly

How to Upload (.vfd)

View How to upload .vfd (Video)

This is ONLY used when the questionnaire was originally created within the Class Climate editor.

  1. Login to Class Climate (admin username and password)
  2. Go to the [Questionnaires] tab at the top of the webpage
  3. Go to Questionnaire Import (towards the bottom)
  4. Click [Browse] and select the file you would like to upload
  5. Upload the attached file ***.vfd (.vfd is the extension)
  6. Click [Okay]
  7. You should then see it in your list of questionnaires
  8. Go to the ACTION column of the Questionnaire listing (far right column)
  9. Click on the [SELECT] Scroll to EDIT
  10. Edit the questionnaire accordingly

 

Types of Survey Questions

Survey questions vary according to what type of information they are trying to collect from the respondents, and how this information will apply to the goals of the survey. There are two basic types of survey questions: Open-ended and Closed-ended.

Open-ended

This type of question allows participants to respond in any way they choose. Open-ended questions provide primarily qualitative data, and are frequently used in exploratory research.
Example

  1. What were three things you really enjoyed about this course?
    A: [Participants provide answers in their own words]

Closed-ended

In contrast to open-ended questions, closed-ended questions require participants to choose from a limited number of responses predetermined by the researcher. There are 5 basic types of closed-ended questions: Likert-scale; Single-choice; or Multiple-choice. Closed-ended questions provide primarily quantitative data, and are frequently used in confirmatory research.

Likert-Scale

These two likert-scale questions are commonly found on Iowa State University course evaluations:

Overall Instructor
Your overall rating of this instructor is: very poor, poor, satisfactory, good, very good

Overall course
Your overall rating of this course is: very poor, poor, satisfactory, good, very good

Single Choice

Use a single-choice question when you want your respondents to choose the best possible answer among all options presented.

Example

What year are you at Iowa State? (Select one.)

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Graduate/Professional

Multiple Choice

Use a multiple-choice question when you want your respondents to be able to choose more than one answer among all options presented.

Example

Where do you find out about events at Iowa State (Select all that apply.)

Facebook

Iowa State University official website

Iowa State Daily

Twitter

Other