Evaluation and Assessment SurveY (EASY) Tool

Introduction

Evaluation and Assessment SurveY (EASY) is a computer-based assessment tool written and maintained by ECS staff. In the college it is used instead of the paper-based ACE surveys and to survey graduating students. It can also be used to create surveys targeting a specific engineering audience. Write if you want an EASY survey created for a course or other engineering audience.

EASY questions can be single choice from a defined list of choices or free form comments; questions and answers can be created and stored for use and reuse. Once created a survey can be used multiple times each semester or for multiple semesters. When designing a survey, you can run it in test mode. The resulting survey runs in a web broswer. The reporting and analysis tool available to instructors also runs in a web browser. Read more detailed information about EASY surveys.

eACE Surveys

eACE are automatically set up at mid-term for first-time faculty instructors and at end of session (EOS) for all faculty instructors. Teaching assistants are evaluated using paper ACE as prepared by departmental offices. eACE surveys are not set up for seminars or for any courses with 5 or fewer students, though seminar instructors may request an eACE survey. By default these questions (21K) appear on each eACE survey. Instructors can request custom questions or questions from UI Evaluation and Examination Service ACE question pool.

Mid-term surveys run during mid-term week; EOS surveys are sent in the 13th week of the semester. Each is available for 10 days beginning Friday and ending at midnight the next Sunday. Once a survey is available, instructions (sample 4K) on using the survey are automatically emailed to the @uiowa.edu alias of each student in the class. Reminder email is sent on the first day, 6 days later (Thursday) and on the last day, to students who have not yet taken the survey.

Instructors should advertise the Take a Survey link during class or on ICON.

View screen shots showing the student view of eACE survey (488K).

Go to this site to preview or take an EASY survey.

Numerical and comments results reports are available to the instructor on the day after final grades are submitted to the Registrar.

Reports

To generate your confidential numerical and comments results reports, open the  IE(Window) or Safari (Mac) browser. To open the report link in a new page, right click (Windows), or Ctrl or 2-finger on trackpad (Mac)  on this link, then select Copy shortcut or Copy Link, and paste it into the address bar of your browser. Login by entering your HawkID (iowa\HawkID) and HawkID password

To print a report, view it and from the Select a Format pick list, chose Acrobat (PDF) File. Click Export (text next to Format pick list), then Save or Open, then print. Export instructions (JPG.)

Help

For help with any aspect of creating or using EASY, contact the data manager.