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FAST (Free Assessment Summary Tool)

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This is a powerful--and free!--program that faculty can use for developing instruments to evaluate their courses. The program is especially useful for student evaluations of instructor and for formative and summative evaluations of the course.
Material Type: Quiz/Test
Date Added to MERLOT: October 31, 2002
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 22, 2014
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Submitter: Thomas Nolan

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Language: English
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Avatar for Betsy Eudey
5 years ago

Betsy Eudey (Faculty)

FAST is a great tool for creating online surveys, especially if you use questions from their own database. Open ended questions are rather easy to create, but the creation of multiple choice or likert scale questions is more difficult because of the challenge of matching the question wording to the response choices. There is now a tooFast in beta format that I have not yet tested. If you don't already have access to online survey tools, or want to ask more questions than is possible in Survey Monkey this seems to be a good option. The availability of the question database is very helpful for those need ideas about the types of topics about which feedback should/could be obtained, or who need help with wording.

Technical Remarks:

fairly easy to use, and it seems to load pretty quickly via high speed internet.
Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes

Avatar for Flor Bondal
5 years ago

Flor Bondal (Faculty)

After reviewing this site, I can see how this can be use in online course evaluations. I especially like the spreadsheets and report graphs that it generate.

Avatar for Michelle Farley
6 years ago

Michelle Farley (Staff)

As an online instructor, this tool seems like something that I would easily incorporate into my courses. I like the functionality of the spreadsheets as well as the password protected access. Because it is specific to assessment in education, it would seem to be more effective than other tools such as survey monkey,etc.

Avatar for Manasa Rizk
8 years ago

Manasa Rizk (Student)

• FAST is an assessment tool which enables students to anonymously submit feedback about their course and their instructors • A teacher can build his or her survey to up to 20 questions and he or she can change any of them at anytime • Students can complete the survey online, and all data will be stored on an Excel spreadsheet • Teachers have access to the internet and the spread sheet to view students' comments • It is very easy to manipulate this data into graphs for further analysis • The software is free, you just need to register and password will be sent to you and you may begin to build your survey • This program being used by more than 20,000 users at various institutes.

Avatar for Tim Schwob
9 years ago

Tim Schwob (Faculty)

I found this site very helpful. I spent approximately 1 hour (shorter if on T3 line) setting up a four-question survey for one of my courses. The students found it easy to respond. The quality of the data obtained is, or course, related to the quality of the survey questions generated. That being said, the ANONYMOUS information that is generated is very valuable. I would encourage others to set up the survey so that students can see what others have said.

Technical Remarks:

Finding a course is more difficult than it needs to be. It is supposed to be alphabetical, but that isn't apparent. Finding by instructor is even more time-consuming if your last name begins with a letter near the end of the alphabet. A search function would help useability greatly.
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Avatar for Thomas Nolan
11 years ago

Thomas Nolan (Faculty)

I spent about 90 minutes reviewing this site and experimenting with it to design
an assessment instrument.

This site helps instructors to design and administer web-based course
assessments. The site provides users with a simple online tool for assessing
their students? impressions of their courses and their teaching. Instructors
can then open a proactive dialogue with students about teaching, the course, and
the entire learning process.

An immediate benefit of this is that it integrates assessment as a formative
process throughout the delivery of the course so that changes can be made
immediately--during the course--to benefit the students who are giving the
feedback, rather than receiving feedback after the course is completed.

The program is easy for instructors to administer and easy for students to use.
It allows students to contribute their feedback anonymously. It provides a
graphic summary of results.