Features of the Instructor Designed Questionnaire (IDQ) System

Block-ids for Common or Core Questions:

Block-ids are 4-character codes associated with specific subsets of questions. When selecting questions for a given questionnaire, it is possible to include one or more of these subsets of items by simply specifying the appropriate block-id. This feature simplifies the task of requesting a particular set of questions that have been identified for usage within a particular department. Departments wishing to make use of this feature should contact the TSQS support staff at CNS who will assist with defining and implementing the desired block-id.

Please refer to the block-id pages in order to determine the names of the block-ids available for a particular catalog and to display the questions associated with particular block-ids.
Block-ids for Administrative Reports:

In addition to the Instructor Report which is intended for the use of the individual instructor, three types of reports may be generated for administrative purposes:

  1. Administrative Copies of the Instructor Report,
  2. Aggregate Report,
  3. Administrator's Summary.

These administrative reports summarize the responses to specific subsets of questions on the questionnaire by building on the idea of core questions and associated block-ids. As many as three Administrative Copies of the Instructor Report, each summarizing the responses to different subsets of questions from the questionnaire may be requested. A mailing address is associated with each administrative block-id at the time it is defined to the IDQ system making it possible to

  1. automate the process of identifying a subset of questions on a questionnaire,
  2. summarize the responses to the subset on one of the administrative copies,
  3. return the special report to the person, e.g., the department chair, who was associated with the block-id when it was defined.

When the first character of a block-id is the digit 1, 2, or 3, the associated questions are summarized on the corresponding first, second, or third Administrative Copy of the report. As this is the purpose of such special block-ids (those beginning with a 1, 2, or 3), it is understood that when an instructor includes one or more of these block-ids on an IDQ requisition, permission is granted

  • to generate a report summarizing the responses to the block-id's questions,
  • to mail the report to the designated recipient.

The Aggregate Report and the Administrator's Summary may also be generated by special request from the appropriate administrator (the report recipient associated with the block-id indicated on the Requisition Form).

Team Teaching Evaluation:

The University of Alberta's version of the IDQ system supports the collection of students' ratings for classes which involve team-teaching. This feature allows for questions that concern the course per se and an additional set that are relevant to each of a number of instructors of a single class. The IDQ system addresses this situation in all phases, from generating a questionnaire, which includes the course-related questions plus as many sets of instructor-related questions as possible on a single form; to providing separate reports for each of the individual instructors appearing on the combined form.

For further information about this feature, please refer to the example team-teaching form.

Reference Groups for Comparative Ratings:

The IDQ system accumulates ratings from each class for each question appearing on a questionnaire in order to provide comparative data on ensuing reports. By default, the comparative data are derived from the reference group consisting of all classes to which the particular question has been administered. Alternatively, you may request that the reference group be restricted to classes having sizes similar to yours. The IDQ system automatically groups classes according to size as follows:

  1. 1 - 15 students,
  2. 16 - 35 students,
  3. 36 - 100 students,
  4. 100+ students.

For some of the catalogs, rating data are also grouped and accumulated according to values of three other variables: Faculty, Department, and Course Level. You may request any combination of these variables, including Class Size, to be used in defining the reference group for extraction of comparative ratings. Course Level has 6 values:

  1. 100-level,
  2. 200-level,
  3. 300-level,
  4. 400-level,
  5. Grad-level,
  6. Service.

Grad-level is assumed to be any course in the 500 or 600 series. The first 5 of these levels can thus be determined by examining the course number when this is provided at the time the questionnaires are generated. If the data are to be isolated as belonging to a Service course rather than to one of the first 5 levels, this desire must be noted at the time the IDQ Requisition form is submitted to CNS, i.e., before the questionnaires are printed.


Instructor Designed Questionnaire (IDQ) System Introduction
  - Features of the IDQ System
  - How to Obtain Questionnaires for Your Class
  - Administering the IDQ Questionnaires
  - IDQ Reports
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