SEA CURE pre-course survey
Welcome to the SEA CURE survey site. This project is a collaborative effort involving faculty and students from many colleges and universities. Together we are learning more about the success of our science courses in empowering student learning. To accomplish this task we have developed a pre-course post-course research design to measure the learning gains and other outcomes of the course. This research is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
If you are beginning a course and the instructor has asked you to participate in this research, please fill out the pre-course survey questions by clicking the link below. Because of the complexity of tracking the data from many courses in many institutions, we ask you to identify yourself, your college, and your course. The reason for this identification is that we will match your pre-course information with a post-course evaluation that we will ask you to complete later. This alignment of your pre-course responses with your post-course responses permits a sensitive measure of change. Your individual data will not be revealed to your course instructor. The lead analyst for the project, Prof. David Lopatto of Grinnell College, will keep your data confidential. Only aggregate pretest-posttest data will be reported back to your institution. Your data will not be used by instructors to determine your grade in the course.
As with any research, you are not compelled to participate. You may elect to not answer individual questions. A "not applicable" or "N.A." option is available for the questions as an alternative if the question is irrelevant or you choose not to answer. If you change your mind about completing the survey, just leave the site. It is assumed that the submission of a completed survey is your consent for participation. If you have any questions or comments regarding the survey, please send an email to Prof. Lopatto (
In accordance with the US Department of Health & Human Services and the Grinnell Institutional Review Board, permission is required by parents or guardians and assent by participants under the age of 18 years. It is the responsibility of the institution providing the research experience or the institution requesting participation in these assessment tools to follow the requirements established by the US Department of Health & Human Services.
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