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Reporting OCA survey results

STEP 7. Analyze the data

For close-ended questions, the simplest approach is to study response frequencies. The view results function of the OCA system provides response frequencies and the percentage of all students who selected each response in tabular and graphical form. Download the results as either an Excel spreadsheet or MS Word document.

For open-ended questions identify repeating ideas and themes.   Results should answer the questions you posed at the beginning of the process. If the results do not provide enough information, you might consider creating and administering a new survey.

STEP 8. Make conclusions

Evaluate the results by how well they answer the survey's objectives. Draw conclusions about changes that you might make in instruction, content, or assignments based on the findings. Also consider student satisfaction with various aspects of a course when making changes.

STEP 9. Report results

To emphasize the importance of students' contribution in the assessment and make future participation more likely, share the results with them, providing noticeable response patterns, your general impressions, and how the results will be used.

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