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IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction

While student ratings of instruction can at times be challenging to understand, the Office of Faculty Development is equipped to work with faculty to help leverage IDEA results as developmental tools to increase student learning and equip faculty to connect well with students in both the face to face as well as the online classroom. IDEA offers a number of online resources, including information and training videos, as well as webinars for faculty. Please see below for information and commonly asked questions.

Selecting Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives are selected on the Campus Labs platform and must be chosen for every course. You may either select objectives for each course individually or by using the Objective Selection Form (OSF) Manager. For more information, please view this two-minute instructional video on choosing learning objectives. You can also click here for step-by-step instructions.


You should select only 3-5 Learning Objectives as “Important” or “Essential.”  The rest should be marked as “Minor.” While all the objectives may be touched upon in your course, you should choose only the ones on which students are likely to make significant progress and that you actively teach. Additional resources for choosing learning objectives can be found here.

Administering to Students

Responses will be the most reliable when the form is completed in a controlled environment. Response rates are shown to be the highest when class time is set aside for completing student ratings of instruction. For those reasons, Messiah faculty who teach face to face courses should allot class time for students to complete the IDEA form. View the Campus Labs instructions to provide students with a direct link to the evaluations for your course. For instructors teaching an online course, the steps above may be used to provide the link to students remotely. Please view additional step-by-step instructions (here) and the directions for your student administrator.

If students log in to Campus Labs directly, they will be able to view all the courses for which they need to complete an evaluation. While students may use this route to navigate to a course evaluation, it is recommended that instructors provide a direct link, reducing the chance that students complete an evaluation for one course when it was intended for another.

Accessing Results

Log in to your Campus Labs homepage. Once an evaluation has been completed and results are released, simply click on the button that says “View Results” for the course you wish to review. You may also view step-by-step instructions here.

By clicking on the Ratings of Summative Questions box, you can reveal the detail linked to both “excellent teacher” and “excellent course” independently. 

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After logging in to Campus Labs and viewing the results for the course of interest, click on the “Progress on Relevant Objectives” tab to view details for your Important and Essential Learning Objectives.

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Yes! When viewing the results for a course, simply click on the “Qualitative” tab and you’ll be able to review the open-ended student feedback.

About Adjusted Scores


About Converted Scores

Using IDEA to Inform and Develop Teaching

One of the best things about the new Campus Labs format is that IDEA Notes are directly linked in the Formative Feedback section. It is highly recommended that instructors utilize these suggestions and tools and for making informed changes in teaching. Notes include information about why a certain methodology matters, ideas for how to implement the methodology in both face-to-face as well as online classrooms, and ways to assess the teaching method. All this information can be found under the “Formative” tab in the results for each course.

Faculty are welcomed to make an appointment for a consultation with a member of the Office of Faculty Development to better understand your results and how you might better leverage your strengths in the classroom. To request a consultation, please complete this form

Additional Resources

There are now 13 learning objectives to choose from (instead of 11) and the Long Form (now called the Diagnostic Form) and Short Form (now called the Learning Essentials Form) have some minor changes in terms of combining and updating questions. For details about the changes, see the resources below.