Course evaluations are here again!
Evaluations are an essential aspect of our assessment activities. Queens College relies on your help for this endeavour.
A professor’s encouragement is by far the most effective way to get students to complete evaluations. Student evaluations are often used as part of a tenure application, promotion files or as part of a job application, so they can help you in your future endeavours.
Faculty can login at www.qc.cuny.edu/evaluate and see the percentage of completed course evaluations in real time.
Below are some tips to encourage course evaluations in your classroom:
- Direct students to www.qc.cuny.edu/evaluate. Their login information is the same as the one they use to get on QWIFI (ie: Jsmith100).
- Add a reminder (including the link) to your Blackboard Announcements and class emails.
- Inform students that evaluations can be easily completed from their computer or smartphone.
- Inform students that evaluations can be completed in little time (less than ten minutes).
- Add this slide to your class PowerPoint presentations: http://tinyurl.com/QCCourceEval.
- Provide a small incentive for evaluating the course. For example, you may suggest that there will be a “party“ or bonus points given if the class achieves a 100% response rate. This “threshold” incentive model is by far the most effective method for encouraging evaluations.
- You can also offer individual incentives such as bonus points towards an exam. This incentive requires the student to “send proof” (a link they can click) after they complete their survey:
For more information on incentives: http://ctl.qc.cuny.edu/s16evals/.
3. Take a few minutes during class to explain to students why course evaluations are important. Make sure to thank them for completing the surveys. Sometimes, appreciation goes a long way.
4. Be sure to emphasize that the evaluations are completely anonymous. The names are never attached to the evaluations and the anonymous data is only released to you AFTER grades are submitted in CUNYFirst (in January). Students are more apt to complete the survey if they know that their feedback is anonymous.
5. Consider reserving a few minutes of a lab or class meeting to complete the evaluations. Students can use their laptops, tablets or smartphones. This is 5 minutes of class time well spent. You can track in real time how many students have evaluated by logging onto the Course Evaluations site.
Remember, course evaluations are not only important for assessment purposes; they can also be used for future professional development aspirations. Your encouragement greatly increases the chances that students will complete them. Thank you for your help. We appreciate your time and efforts.