FAQ - Instructors
What can I do if I want to participate in electronic evaluations?
All course evaluations will be administered electronically beginning Fall 2013. Department chairs will receive a message from Charlotte Angeletti in early in the semester with a listing of all courses with adequate enrollment, which they will use to indicate which courses will be evaluated for the semester. Instructors will then receive a listing of their courses to indicate which courses they elect to have evaluated. Summer 2014: All correspondence for Summer II/Full Summer is completed by Monday, July 28.
How do I access the electronic course evaluation system?
You can access the electronic system through Blackboard. Once you’ve logged into Blackboard, you will see a link labeled "Course Evaluations" on the left menu bar. This link will take you directly to the EvaluationKIT website where a list of your current courses and response rates will display.
Beginning Fall 2013, you can also access response rates for your course evaluations from your smartphone or tablet through the EvaluationKIT mobile app. Download the app from the App Store for Apple devices or the Google Play Store for Android devices. You will receive a Mobile User Token from email@example.com which will allow you to login. If you have not received your user token, or if you have issues with the app, please contact IRT.
How do the response rates of electronic vs. paper evaluations compare?
In the previous two cycles of the electronic course evaluation process, Baylor University has had an overall response rate of more than 70%. Although this percentage is slightly lower (about 6.5%) than what we have experienced in the past with paper evaluations, results have shown that the difference in the responses has not been statistically significant. See below for more information.
We recognize that response rates are very important to instructors since course evaluations are central to the performance review process. Instructors play a vital role in communicating the importance of course evaluations to students. As far as response rates are concerned, the most successful instructors use techniques that increase the likelihood that students will complete evaluations.
Can I submit my own course-specific questions?
This is an option within the EvaluationKIT software that we intend to use during future semesters. We have successfully piloted this capability with a few selected departments during Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 evaluations.
Can I match a student’s comments with their answers to other questions?
Yes. One of the report options is ’Raw Data’ which is in Excel format. This file contains record level data for each respondent including comments. You can use this file to match a student’s comments with how he/she answered the other questions. Please note that there is NO identifying information for any respondent.
With the electronic process, when will results be available?
Results for all evaluations will be available after the deadline for grade submission each term. Instructors will be notified via e-mail when the reports are available.
How do I access my reports?
See below for a short step-by-step illustration of how to log in and access your response rates and reports.
For more extensive information about reporting features, tutorials are available on the EvaluationKIT website.
Department Chairs and Program Directors- Can I download the results for multiple courses at once?
Yes- you have the option to download the results for each course individually, or you can create a batch report to combine the results for each individual course into one PDF or .zip file. You can select the courses to include in the report by course number or instructor. See below for more information.
Here are some ideas that instructors should consider when working to improve response rates: