Both the Provost and the University Senate (policy 505.1) advocate distributing an early term survey during the fourth or fifth week of the term to direct and improve instruction. This anonymous survey has traditionally been done on paper during class time, but it can also be done using Canvas! Using Canvas saves class time, provides more legible feedback, and allows faculty to quickly see distributions for optional multiple choice questions.
The senate policy suggests two free response questions (What is good about this course? How could it be better?), but instructors can create a survey in Canvas (link to screencast) that includes a variety of specific multiple choice and essay (free response) questions. These surveys can be anonymous, and Canvas allows points to be awarded (or not) to students who participate by using “graded” or “ungraded” surveys. Faculty should feel free to stop by eLearning walk-in hours in Library 223 from 10-Noon and 1-4 PM Monday through Friday for assistance beyond the screencast linked above. For more information or more general help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, visit Canvas One Stop.