Faculty Instructions

SPOT Timeline and Notifications

SPOT Opens
You will receive a system generated email when your course opens. One email will be sent per course. If you do not receive an email for a course you expected to be administered SPOT, check with your department. The earlier we identify an anomaly the more likely we can make adjustments. 

At this time we do not administer SPOT during the Summer and Winter semesters.

Response Rate Notification
One week before the end of the SPOT administration window you will receive a system generated email informing you of your response rate. This email is informative only, no one is tracking this information. You may not receive a notification if your course has already reached 100% participation.

SPOT Closes
Student access to SPOT ends on 11:59 pm on the last day of classes. SPOT is NOT administered during finals and cannot be reopened once it closes. Faculty will NOT receive an email when the surveys close.

Improving the SPOT Response Rate

In their research, Young et al. (2018) found that faculty were an important factor in obtaining higher response rates in online evaluations.

To increase response rates:

  • continue to offer time in class to complete the evaluation.
  • emphasize the importance of student feedback.

While it is important to increase response rates to have a reflective view of the entire student body, research has shown that there is not a significant difference in mean scores between administering online rather than paper (Dommeyer, et al), (Edgar & Tobias).

Summary Reports

After final grades have been submitted for the semester, departments will send SPOT summary reports (including student comments) to their faculty. Summary reports will be shared via the faculty CSULB email address or through a secure department portal.