The Student Assessment of Instruction System (SAIS) was used for student evaluation of instruction at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, from the 2000-2001 academic year through the 2015-2016 academic year. The eleven questionnaires were based on the University of Washington’s Instructional Assessment System and were used with UW’s permission.
Please contact our office at 865-974-4373 or at TNVoice@utk.edu for information on archived SAIS reports.
Form A is designed for small lecture/discussion courses. Items emphasize the clarity and quality of information transmitted, as well as the nature of the interaction between instructor and student
Form B is designed for large lecture classes, with little or no in-class interaction between instructor and student. Items emphasize the quality of course organization and information transmitted
Form C is designed for seminar discussion classes which include a minimal amount of formal lecturing by the instructor. Items emphasize quality of discussion as well as course organization and interest level
Form D is designed for those classes whose purpose is the teaching of problem-solving or heuristic methods. Clear explanations, dealing with student difficulties, and quality of problems are emphasized
Form E is designed for those classes which are skill oriented and in which students get “hands on” experiences related to future career needs. Such classes may include clinical nursing, art studio, foreign languages, and social work field experience
Form F is designed for discussion sections usually taught by graduate teaching assistants, in conjunction with a lecture class taught by a faculty member. Items focus on the ability of the discussion section instructor to interact with students and provide clear and useful explanations
Form G is designed for use in large lecture classes (such as those in math) which rely heavily on homework problems and a textbook. Emphasis is on the instructor’s ability to communicate with students and the value of assigned problems and readings
Form H is designed for lab sections generally taught in conjunction with classes in the sciences or engineering. Items emphasize the instructor’s ability to introduce meaningful questions, assist students, and deal with unexpected problems
Form I is designed to be used in distance learning courses. Items relate to the instructor’s responsiveness and the quality of support material
Form J is designed to evaluate instruction provided through clinical experience rather than traditional academic coursework. Such courses are often found in the health professions or the arts. Items focus on the instructor’s ability to provide information, stimulate learning, and demonstrate skills
Form X is designed to be used across all course types. It includes a reduced set of items relating to general educational processes and a unique set intended to assess educational outcomes.
Student Comment Sheets solicit responses to four open-ended questions. This optional form may be used in addition to one of the scan forms described above. Unless departmental procedure is different, all comments should be returned directly to the instructor.