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IDEA Evaluations

About IDEA

IDEA (Individual Development and Educational Assessment) is the instrument used at Biola by students to provide their rating of the effectiveness of the instruction they receive.

  • It is considered one element of “indirect" evidence concerning the course's effectiveness.
  • It is administered toward the end of each semester.
  • The results are shared with the course instructor, department chair, and dean.

IDEA is built on a student learning model. There are two key assumptions undergirding this model:

  1. Types of learning must reflect the instructor's purpose.
  2. The effectiveness of a course is determined by student progress on objectives stressed by the instructor.

The overall philosophy of IDEA is that specific teaching behaviors influence certain types of student progress under certain circumstances.

Getting Started

If you are new to IDEA, the following resources will be most helpful for you as you get started.

Facilitating Course Evaluations

Course evaluations are mobile friendly in the new Campus Labs platform. Students can log in through any device that can access the internet such as a smart phone, iPad, Kindle, laptop, etc. Facilitating IDEA course evaluations can be done in two ways:

(1) Outside of Class

  • The surveys can be done online through a link that is sent to students via email (
  • The credentials for log in is Net ID and password (the same that is used for My.Biola).
  • Once logged in, students will see all the evaluations they need to complete.
  • During the administration, email reminders are sent to students who have not yet completed their evaluations.

(2) In Class (recommended for higher response rates)

  • Evaluations may be conducted in class during a designated class session.
    • This should be put on the class schedule in your syllabus, so students can prepare to bring a smart device that day.
  • Students will use the following link to access course surveys:
  • If a faculty member desires to complete the evaluation in class, there are a couple of things to consider. Since every student might not have a smart device, faculty can:
    • Tell students at the beginning of the course that on ___ date they will be completing online evaluations in class and should plan to bring in a smart device. If they do not have a smart device, they should plan on borrowing one to bring into class that day.
      • You can also tell students that if they do not have a smart device or laptop, they can email you privately, and you can assist them with borrowing a device for that class session.
    • Tell the class that whoever did not bring a smart device to class can use a computer in the library to complete their evaluation.
    • Reserve one of the computer labs on campus for a 20-minute slot to complete their evaluations.

Campus Labs Platform

Selecting IDEA Objectives

IDEA recommends that 3-5 objectives be chosen as "Important" or "Essential". The key to selecting IDEA objectives is to remain true to the course. For example, if the course was designed for one purpose, then choose one objective. If the course is a capstone course, choose several objectives for the course. Below are three questions to help you choose IDEA objectives for your course. The "Teaching Goals Inventory" (Thomas Angelo, Patricia Cross) is another resource to self-assess instructional goals.

  1. Is this a significant part of the course?
  2. Do I do something specific to help the students accomplish this objective?
  3. Does the student's progress on this objective affect his or her grade?

Objectives Selection Form

There are two ways that faculty members can complete their Objective Selection Form (OSF):

  1. Faculty can go directly to
  2. Two weeks before the administration opens to students, faculty will receive an email with a link to complete their OSF(s).

Faculty will have until the end of the administration to complete their OSF. Below are resources and instructions for completing the OSF.

Interpreting the Report

Mid-Semester Evaluations