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SOOT Survey requests now administered using Blackboard

Following a pilot run last summer, the Student Opinion of Teaching (SOOT) Survey will now be administered and completed using Blackboard, even for faculty who do not use Blackboard for their courses.

There are benefits to the change, said Peter Partell, director of Institutional Research and Planning. “The process is more secure now,” he said. “It will save paper and time, and there will be fewer errors.”

Faculty may request SOOT Surveys for fall 2005 courses by visiting http://blackboard.binghamton.edu.

Once at the site, follow these simple steps:

1) Enter your username and password. Your username is your Binghamton University e-mail address excluding the “@bing-hamton.edu” portion and your password is your normal Blackboard password. If you have never logged into Blackboard, your initial password is the first two letters of your last name and the last four digits of your social security number.

2) From the list of Tools on the left side of the page, click on SOOT Surveys.

3) Click on the courses you want surveyed and hit Submit. Once the steps have been completed, the survey will become available for students enrolled in the course and they will use Blackboard to respond to the survey during the surveying period from Nov. 18 through Dec. 9.

“The entire process is driven by the semester dates,” Partell said. “The key is for faculty to make sure they encourage their students to fill out the surveys.”

If faculty have enrolled anyone in their Blackboard course and given that person the role of “Instructor,” they will also be able to request a SOOT survey.

To maximize the number of survey responses, faculty are encouraged to give students several reminders. Faculty may also wish to remind students that the survey is anonymous and faculty members see only aggregated results after they have submitted final course grades.

If the course instructor is listed as “Staff” in the BUSI system, he or she will not be able to request a SOOT survey. The instructor’s department will need to contact the Registrar’s Office to update the BUSI system information.

Watson School faculty members should contact their department for instructions on administering SOOT on Blackboard. For questions about using Blackboard, call the Help Desk at 777-6420.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08