Education at UWA

Student Perceptions of Teaching (SPOT)

Further information

eLearning Helpdesk
Phone: (+61 8) 6488 8190
Email: help-elearning@uwa.edu.au

About SPOT

SPOT is a survey that enables individual members of teaching staff to receive feedback from students about their teaching for a particular unit. The SPOT feedback is valuable for improving the overall quality of learning and teaching at UWA.

SPOT is now delivered exclusively electronically through the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) and is available to every unit. If you don't use the LMS, your unit still has a "shell" with SPOT ready to use.

Please be aware that SPOT results can be seen by all teachers participating in a unit. We are working on alternatives that will support further confidentiality.

Instructions for setting up a SPOT Survey

1. Locate SPOT Tools in the LMS

Before you begin - Check that the SPOT Tools are available in your LMS unit 

 

Click the Play button to watch the video or follow the instructions below.

Before creating your SPOT Surveys, we first recommend that all Unit Coordinators confirm that the SPOT Survey information has been uploaded correctly to their teaching units within the Learning Management System (LMS).

1. To locate the SPOT Surveys, navigate to the Unit Tools > Tests, Surveys and Pools > Surveys area of your LMS unit, and confirm that there are four Surveys titled SPOT- Teaching Staff Name present.

 

2. Next, navigate to the Unit Tools > Tests, Surveys and Pools > Pools area of your unit, and confirm that a Question Pool titled SPOT is present.

 

If you are unable to locate either the SPOT Surveys or the SPOT Question Pool, then please contact the eLearning HelpDesk via help-elearning@uwa.edu.au.

2. Deploy a SPOT Survey

How to deploy a SPOT Survey within your LMS unit 

 

Click the Play button to watch the video or follow the instructions below. 

1. Navigate to any content area within your unit, and select Assessments > Survey.

 

2. Within the Add an Existing Survey selection box, click once on any SPOT survey to highlight it (eg: SPOT- Teaching Staff Name 1) and then click Submit to navigate to the Survey Option screen.

 

3. The Survey Options screen allows you to customise the deployment options of your SPOT Survey and create rules for students to follow when completing the Survey. Some areas of the Survey that you may like to customise at this time include:

Name and Description: The Survey Name and Description fields have been populated with default data at this stage. Feel free to make changes to this information as you see fit.
Make the Link Available: This will allow your students to see the Survey within your unit. At this time, it is recommended that you leave the Survey marked as Unavailable to students until you are ready for them to complete it. When you wish your students to take the Survey, simply select the Edit the Survey Options button and change this availability option to Yes.
Force Completion: This option forces all students to complete the Survey in one sitting.
Set Timer: This option forces all students to complete the Survey within a set time limit.
Display After/ Display Until: This will allow all students within your unit to see the Survey between a specified set of dates. Students will not be able to see the Survey within your unit either before or after these dates. 

Once you have specified your SPOT Survey Options, click Submit to finalise the Survey.

 

4. And you are done! The SPOT survey has now been created and deployed within your unit. The SPOT Survey has already been populated with 12 default questions, which you may view or change at any time by accessing the contextual (drop-down) menu of the Survey, and selecting Edit the Survey.

 


3. Customise your SPOT Survey

How to update the Name, Description and additional Display Options of your Survey

 

Click the Play button to watch the video or follow the instructions below. 

1. Once you have created your Survey, mouse-over the name of the Survey and click the contextual (drop-down) menu button that appears. From this contextual menu, select Edit the Survey Options.

 

2. Once the Survey Options page has loaded, you will now have the ability to change the Survey Name and Description fields. Update these fields as required, and click Submit to save your changes.


How to update the Instructions for your Survey

1. Once you have created your Survey, mouse-over the name of the Survey and click the contextual (drop-down) menu button that appears. From this contextual menu, select Edit the Survey.

 

2. Click the contextual (drop-down) menu button next to the Survey name, and select Edit to access the Survey Information page.

 

3. Once the Survey Information page has loaded, you will now have the ability to change the Instructions field. Additionally, you may also change the Survey Name and Description from within the Survey Information page as well. Update these fields as required, and click Submit to save your changes.

 

How to set Adaptive Release for your Survey

Creating an adaptive release rule for your SPOT Survey will allow you to restrict access to the Survey to a select group of individuals within your unit. This functionality may be considered useful where different teaching staff oversee separate groups of students, as it allows the Survey to be targeted towards these specific groups.

1. Once you have created your Survey, mouse-over the name of the Survey and click the contextual (drop-down) menu button that appears. From this contextual menu, select Adaptive Release.


 

2. Scroll down the page to the Membership heading. From here, you may choose to restrict access of the Survey to individual students or groups of students via the Username or Unit Groups fields. Once you have setup your desired Adaptive Release rules, click Submit to apply your selections.