Institutional Research and Planning

Institutional Effectiveness:
Student Ratings of Instruction

What is Campus Labs?

Campus Labs, through a partnership with IDEA, is a company that offers the web-based and password-protected platform used to manage the student ratings of instruction instrument created by IDEA. As a vendor for UNCW, Campus Labs promises security, confidentiality and compliance during each step in the course evaluation process.

What are IDEA and Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI)?

IDEA is a company that produces a course evaluation instrument with a more than 45 year history. The evaluation tool is powered by Campus Labs, but offered as a product called the Student Ratings of Instruction or SRI.  IDEA uses aggregate data produced by our its SRI customers to establish  benchmarks, and to produce reports on national comparative data. IDEA was adopted by the faculty of UNCW to serve as one measure of teaching effectiveness. 

  •    Introduction to the Student Ratings of Instruction Infographic
  •    Teaching Essentials Instrument
  •    Information for Students is available here.
  •    How IDEA Teaching Methods Measure Best Practice Teaching Philosophies

Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness at UNCW

Formal evaluations of a faculty member's teaching effectiveness includes peer evaluations, student evaluations, and documentation of relevant teaching activities. The process includes, but is not limited to:

  1. On-going self-reflection
  2. Course evaluations for every course, every semester
  3. Observations
  4. Portfolio and presentation development

UNCW Support for Course Evaluations

Contact Institutional Effectiveness  anytime if you have questions, need assistance, or have experienced any problems. For support, contact Zach Morgan, Research Associate, ext. 2-7584. Zach's dedicated drop-in IDEA support hours & location are Tuesdays 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm in HO Suite 102-111. 

Quick-start Guides for Instructors

Access printable PDFs of the Help files.

  1. Selecting IDEA Learning Objectives
  2. Adjusted Scores
  3. Interpreting Reports
  4. Adding Custom Questions to a Course Section as an Instructor
  5. Using the SRI in Online Classes

Helpful Videos

 A Quick Tour of IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Video


Understanding Student Ratings of Instruction Webinar:


About Adjusted Scores Video:


Choosing Learning Objectives Video: