What is the Institutional Teaching Culture Perception Survey?

Historically, responsibility for teaching quality has rested on the shoulders of individual academic staff members. While the work of individual teachers has the most direct impact on the learning experiences of their students, it is also acknowledged that teaching – and learning – take place in institutional contexts that influence whether and how teachers and students can do their best work. It is essential to understand and enhance the environments institutions provide for teaching and learning.

This research study aims to assess instructors’, staff members’, and students’ perceptions of how teaching is valued at their universities. The research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and is being conducted by Western University, Queen’s University, McMaster University, University of Windsor, Ryerson University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brock University, University of Waterloo and University of Calgary. The survey instruments developed through this project are intended to be used as tools to assess institutional teaching culture over time.

How do I access the survey?

Student, staff members and instructors will be emailed an invitation to participate, which will include the link to the survey. If you require the link to be re-sent, please email kustraed@uwindsor.ca.

What does participation involve?

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete a 20-minute survey anonymously. Participation is voluntary. You may decline to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer and you can withdraw your participation at any time by not submitting your responses. There are no known or anticipated risks from participating in this study. Your decision regarding participation will not affect your academic standing or position as a university employee or student. Upon completion of the survey, the eligible populations will be invited to participate in a draw.

Any information you provide will be confidential. All data will be summarized and no individual will be identifiable from the summarized results. Furthermore, the website is programmed to collect responses alone and will not collect any information that could potentially identify you (such as machine identifiers). Completion and submission of the online survey indicates your consent to participate.

The data, with no personal identifiers, collected from this study will be maintained on a password-protected computer database in a restricted access area of the participating university. As well, the data will be electronically archived and maintained for seven years.

What if I have questions about the study?

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance from the Research Ethics Committees at all participating institutions:

  • University of Windsor Research Ethics Committee (#33033), 1-519-253-3000 ext. 3948 or ethics@uwindsor.ca.
  • University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (#21772), 1-519-888-4567 ext. 36005 or ore-ceo@uwaterloo.ca.
  • University of Western Research Ethics Committee (#00000941), 1-519-661-3036 or ethics@uwo.ca.
  • Brock University Research Ethics Committee (#17-191), 1-905-688-5550 ext. 3035 or reb@brocku.ca.
  • Ryerson University Research Ethics Committee (#2017-392), 1-416-979-5000 or rebchair@ryerson.ca.
  • University of Calgary Research Ethics Committee (#17-1074), 1-403-220-4283 ext. 6289 or cfreb@ucalgary.ca.
  • Queen’s University Research Ethics Committee (#033-15), 1-844-535-2988 or chair.greb@queensu.ca.
  • McMaster University Research Ethics Committee (#2014-014), 1-905-525-9140 or ethicsoffice@mcmaster.ca.

For all other questions, contact Dr. Erika Kustra, Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning at kustraed@uwindsor.ca or phone at 519-253-3000 ext. 4842.