Teaching Practices Survey FAQ

UBC runs the Teaching Practices Survey every four years to better understand how faculty and others with teaching responsibilities structure learning for students. The survey also offers an opportunity for faculty and others with teaching responsibilities to provide confidential feedback on their perceptions of the teaching climate at UBC.

Data from the survey is used to inform strategic priorities, continual improvement processes, and service offerings, as well as to assess change that could be attributed to institutional initiatives.

The 2018 Teaching Practices Survey was developed by the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (UBC Vancouver) and the Science Centre for Teaching and Learning (UBC Vancouver) in collaboration with the Centre for Teaching and Learning (UBC Okanagan), the Student Diversity Initiative, Health Promotion & Education, CTLT Indigenous Initiatives, Open UBC, and other units. The survey has been reviewed by survey methodologists and validated by faculty across UBC. The survey has also been vetted by the Associate Deans Academic.

The Teaching Practices Survey will be open February 28 to March 21. Faculty and others with teaching responsibilities who have taught a course in either the current or last academic year will receive an email titled "UBC Teaching Practices Survey" with an invitation to the web-based survey. If you have not received an invitation by March 5 and feel that you should have, please email us at teaching.practices@ubc.ca.

Over 1,000 faculty and others with teaching responsibilities participated in the 2014 survey. The distribution of responses mirrored actual UBC appointments. This allowed us to have a strong degree of confidence in the survey findings. See the 2014 Teaching Practices Survey.

University-wide results will be available in August 2018. Please check this page for more information as that date approaches.

Unless you self-disclose (reference your name or other identifying details on an open-ended question), it is highly unlikely your responses can be linked to your identity. The questionnaire asks very limited personal data (rank/tenure and years teaching in higher education), none of which you will be required to answer. In the event a participant self-discloses in an open-ended question, the research team will remove the identifying information and replace it with an anonymous placeholder prior to analysis.

The survey tool will not pass on or store personal information. Your responses will not be tied to your CWL nor will your IP address be collected.  The online survey will be hosted on servers in Canada, and entry of data from completed paper surveys will occur in Canada. This practice complies with Canadian privacy laws.

No analysis or reporting of data will occur for any grouping with fewer than five responses. The faculty-specific reports provided to Associate Deans Academic and the campus/institutional reports provided to UBC leadership will include aggregate data, along with anonymous, representative quotes from open-ended questions. At no point will individual data, except anonymous quotes, be made available outside the research team.

The Workplace Experiences Survey seeks to understand both faculty and staff experiences of UBC as a workplace. The Teaching Practices Survey focuses specifically on teaching and, as such, only surveys faculty and others with teaching responsibilities. The Teaching Practices Survey asks questions about how learning is structured at UBC, perceptions of specific teaching practices, and perceptions related to how teaching is valued at various levels. While there are connections to the Workplace Experiences Survey, as well as the Undergraduate Experience Survey, the focus is very different.

Student experience surveys, such as the UBC Undergraduate Experience Survey, are widespread across North America. However, universities are increasingly seeking to compare students’ feedback with information regarding how faculty and others with teaching responsibilities structure learning experiences. In 2016, UBC ran the Teaching Practices Survey to collect similar data for interested Universitas 21 institutions.