Electronic Course Evaluations
In addition to using the standard paper course evaluations, the University utilizes a web-based student end-of-course evaluation system, which is hosted by an off-site vendor known as EvaluationKIT. EvaluationKIT uses a secure server that ensures the anonymity and security of all data. The electronic course evaluation system is easy, convenient, secure, and confidential. EvaluationKIT is integrated into the University's BlackBoard course management system, which provides easy access for both instructors and students.
Why has the University chosen to move toward electronic evaluations ?
Are there significant differences in the results from electronic vs. paper evaluations?
Fall 2013 – 100 percent of course evaluations are administered electronically.
Spring 2013 – All but four academic departments administer course evaluations electronically using EvaluationKIT.
Fall 2012 – Electronic course evaluations continue with an expanded list of participants using EvaluationKIT. Approximately 40 percent of all units administer course evaluations electronically.
Spring 2012 – Electronic course evaluations are first piloted using EvaluationKIT. Participants from the Fall 2011 pilot continue their involvement, and additional units now participating include Truett Seminary, the Law School, the School of Engineering & Computer Science, and the department of communication studies.
Fall 2011 – The Electronic Course Evaluation Planning Committee hears presentations from multiple potential vendors.
Fall 2011 – Electronic course evaluations are first piloted using existing online survey software. Pilot participants consist of all graduate teaching assistants, School of Social Work, and three instructors from the department of religion.
July 15, 2011 – The Electronic Course Evaluation Planning Committee meets for the first time. Dr. Erich Baker from the School of Engineering & Computer Science is appointed as faculty senate representative for the committee.
April 2011 – Provost Davis asks Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Wes Null to form an Electronic Course Evaluation Planning Committee to implement the recommendations of the Faculty Senate Committee.
April 13, 2011 – The Faculty Senate Committee sends a recommendation to Provost Elizabeth Davis to switch the method of course evaluation administration from paper to electronic.
December 7, 2010 – The Baylor University Faculty Senate forms a Committee for Online Faculty Evaluation to explore the prospect of electronic course evaluations. Reasons given to explore the change are faculty morale and paper conservation.