Course Evaluation Pilot

The pilot is the use of a new instrument (set of questions) to evaluate teaching at the end of every course. This new evaluation form was approved by Faculty Assembly, Faculty Affairs and Academic Policies Committee, the Academic Advisory Committee, and the Task Force for Social Justice in Teaching and Learning.

What is new about the questions on the Course Evaluation form?

All of the questions on the end-of-course evaluation were modified during the revision process.

There are also two questions pertaining specifically to diversity and inclusion (Questions 11 & 14).

One question will be rated on a Likert scale and appears as the following:

“The instructor facilitated a respectful and inclusive learning environment.”

The second question will be an open-ended question and will read:

“In what ways did the instructor help students to interpret course content from the perspectives of members of different social identity categories (including, but not limited to: culture, race, ethnicity, religion, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, political view, social class, and language)?”

These two questions will not count toward evaluation of faculty for rank and promotion or contract renewal for the first two years of implementation. These questions should be used by faculty as a part of their own self-evaluation.

What does the entire Course Evaluation form look like?

A preview of the form is available.

Note that this is a fictional course and instructor and intended only to demonstrate the questions and how they will appear.

What support is available for schools piloting online end-of-course evaluations?

As part of the changes to end-of-course evaluations, many schools are also opting to move toward using an online evaluation.
For faculty, the benefits of moving online include:

  • Faster turnaround of results of the evaluations to faculty
  • Easier to read comments from students
  • All evaluation results are organized in one location (smartevals.com)

For students, the benefits of moving online include:

  • Ability to submit evaluations from a computer or mobile device
  • Ability to participate in evaluations even if missing an evaluation period in a face-to-face course
  • Confidence that lengthy comments are typed and thus easier to read

Each school is administering their own course evaluations and has an administrators if you need assistance.

If you are a faculty member who is using online course evaluation in your face-to-face course for the first time, please review: What are best practices for increasing response rates in a face-to-face course?

For specific questions related to getting the best results from using Online Evaluations (SmartEvals), read the FAQ.