At the end of every quarter, beginning on the Wednesday before finals week, the Academic Administration provides students with the opportunity to evaluate each of their qualified courses using a system called EvaluationKIT that is integrated with Canvas. Below is a copy of the survey questions for your reference.
All surveys are completely anonymous. It is impossible to connect an individual survey response with a student’s name—even for the administrators. Professors are only given a copy of the statistical results at the end of the course evaluation period after final grades are posted.
To further protect student anonymity, only courses with five or more students enrolled are selected for the survey process. Courses such as labs, practicums, and courses with fewer than five students are not surveyed.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact the office of the Associate Academic Dean at Ext. 7103 or email the survey administrator at email@example.com.
We know that rating your courses may seem tedious, but your professors really do appreciate your comments—whether you convey appreciation or constructive criticism. Even if you are satisfied with the course, it is very important that you share your feedback so that the results will be balanced and accurate.
Below are just a few testimonies from professors explaining some changes that were made based on course surveys they received.
“I have ditched and replaced textbooks in two different courses based, in part, on feedback I received from student course surveys. This worked to my future students' benefit!”
“Students' comments in course surveys have reminded me of the value of integrating spiritual discussions into topics we address in class.”
“I believe the course surveys have provided feedback that has allowed me to continually improve my courses. For instance, last year in General Psychology I had an activity in which students spent around 5 minutes teaching material to their group that only they had prepared ahead of time from a book of readings on myths. Afterwards I randomly selected several students to answer questions about this material in front of the entire class. Students received points for themselves and their group based on the judged adequacy of their answers. The course survey showed a number of students unhappy with this process (e.g. feelings of anxiety about being chosen to speak up in front of the large class and fear that they would let their group down). This quarter I discontinued this activity and instead give a short quiz over the material after the peer teaching portion. So far, it seems to have worked better. I guess we’ll see after the next course survey!”
“When grading papers for my students, I chose to leave audio feedback for them on Canvas, instead of leaving traditional written feedback. My students told me they appreciated that when they filled out their course surveys. I plan to continue using the audio comments in Canvas as a way to help my students achieve on their assignments.”
It's always therapeutic for me to hear the positive along with the negative about a course. It helps in planning for that course the next time it's taught. Some students would rather share their concerns and praises in this fashion instead of a face-to-face meeting with the instructor, so I encourage all my students to participate and "VOTE"!
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