Pre-class surveys allow you a chance to get to know your students before your class starts.
Consider asking them what works for them in the classroom. Ask them what they learned about themselves as students. Set the stage for success. Here are some suggestions:
Here are some examples of Luther College Student Intake Surveys!
Paideia Intake Form (Marie Drews)
Notice the framing of Marie’s questions -- all towards getting students to name their academic success even as she asks them to pinpoint where they might need support. This is particularly helpful for these first semester students, who might be feeling anxious about their first college experience.
Non-majors 200-level Course - Online (Marie Drews)
Marie commented that she sent it out a few times, but the survey was successful in both setting expectations and getting helpful ideas regarding student experiences as she finished building the course.
What do you bring to the table? -- ASSET based Intake form (Holly Moore)
Holly uses this survey to also pre-sort students into learning groups. She tries to make diverse groups in terms of learning and leadership styles, as well as academic background and course-specific preparation.
Intake Survey with an Eye towards Equity and Inclusion (David Thompson)
Note: David has edited this form to now say “Your Preferred Name” and “Your Pronouns” rather than preferred pronouns. I invite you to do the same.
When we pivoted to online last spring, several faculty started sending out weekly check ins. Sometimes they were worth a couple of points of participation credit. Students remarked that they found these very helpful, as it helped maintain their feelings of connectedness to Luther faculty and this place. Even in a "normal semester", these check-ins are valuable for creating community and connection.