K-State Teaching & Learning Center

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Suite 200

Manhattan, KS-66502




Course Evaluation


The IDEA System

The IDEA System is administered at K-State through the Teaching & Learning Center.  However, arrangements to use IDEA are usually made through your department.
IDEA student ratings provide an indicator of students' impressions of your effectiveness in teaching a given class. The system is based on the concept that certain teaching techniques influence certain student learning outcomes. The IDEA Student Rating System and Reports are used by colleges and universities nation-wide, and your results are compared to a national database.
The IDEA System offers two survey forms. The Diagnostic Form has 47 items. The Diagnostic Report helps you to interpret your students' input to better guide your efforts to enhance your teaching effectiveness, so the Diagnostic Form is the better choice when you want help to devise strategies to improve your teaching. If you intend to use the student ratings only for administrative purposes, then the 18-item Short Form might be more appropriate. Be sure to review the actual survey forms and reports in the links below.
IDEA Reports are confidential.
POD-IDEA Notes: Instruction

Provided by The IDEA Center, these papers are intended to help you develop strategies to improve the twenty different teaching methods that are rated by students in the IDEA System.

POD-IDEA Notes: Learning

Provided by The IDEA Center, these notes are a resource to help you consider ways to improve student achievement of the twelve learning objectives or student learning outcomes that are central to the IDEA System.

Directions for Using IDEA PDF
Using Additional Questions PDF

An option that helps you to tailor the system to your course

Using Additional Questions for Online Courses PDF

Offers suggestions relevant to online learning environments.

Faculty Information Form (FIF) PDF

Must be completed by instructor before the student survey forms can be processed.

Diagnostic Form - Student Survey PDF

The 47-item survey form.

Diagnostic Form - Sample Report PDF
Short Form - Student Survey PDF

The 18-item survey form.

Short Form - Sample Report PDF
Group Summary Reports: PDF

An example of a summary report that can be generated for an entire department, based on data from the faculty members' IDEA Reports. [Arrangements for this option must be made through the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.]